Writer, producer, remixer and DJ Jason Phats has become the latest high-profile musician to purchase a Prism Sound Orpheus Firewire Recording Interface.
“The sound is extremely detailed and transparent. Clarity, depth, separation and stereo imaging is breath-taking – my jaw hit the floor when I first heard it,” he says. “I found myself kicking back in the sweet spot and going through my music collection. Suddenly everything made sense.”
Phats runs the Orpheus through a SSL Sigma summing mixer and likes the unit primarily for its ability to lever both Prism Sound quality conversion and mic preamps into a 1U box and then cram it full of features. These include line, microphone and instrument inputs, selectable RIAA Equalization for turntables, a built-in premium-quality monitoring mixer for each output providing for performer foldback and surround monitoring, and concurrent ADAT and switchable S/PDIF or AES3 digital I/O plus support for outboard MIDI devices.
Phats, who has sold over 5m records in a career spanning nearly quarter of a century. adds that the Orpheus has fundamentally altered the way he works.
“From the moment I started working with the Orpheus I could see myself getting closer to the sound I had been searching for,” he says. “I decided to stop releasing tracks and focus on a goal: a new sound, a new direction.”
Pursuing the new path took time but now, eight months later, Phats and his management are in the process of releasing his new material.
“With the Orpheus I could instantly identify where I was going wrong in my mixes and productions. Once I could understand the mixing process with such detail and depth I was able to achieve exactly what I wanted,” he says.
The first track from the new ‘Phats & Orpehus’ partnership was Jason Phats & Fenton Gee’s \ \ H I T E \ \ A T E R (White Water), which caused a real buzz in Ibiza over the summer. There is plenty more to come too.
“Every day is a joy in the studio with the Orpheus and I am very proud of the new material I have lined up for the future,” he says. “The huge leap in quality has led to some great collaboration.”
About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.
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