|Headquarters||Herriard, Hampshire, UK|
Audient was founded in 1997 by David Dearden and Gareth Davies, previously of Soundcraft. They had been founding partners of DDA – a company known for designing good value mixing console in the 1980s and 1990s. The company carried on that philosophy, producing professional equipment at a mid-range price. Flagship designs include the ASP8024, a large inline mixing console with up to 80 inputs on the 36 channel version. Recent development has seen digital audio workstation automation control implemented in the Zen and ASP2802, while still retaining the traditional analogue mixing console interface.
The company is based in Herriard (near Basingstoke, Hampshire, England) but has employees in Bulgaria, France and Luxembourg. A widespread distribution network is in place outside of the United Kingdom, with Audient taking British distribution in-house as of July 2010.
Early products included the Aztec, a large console for live use, and the One loudspeaker processor. Since then the company has produced a range of new units, such as the ASP510 surround sound controller and the ASP008 eight channel microphone preamplifier. Some of the company's most successful products are the Black Series signal processing units.
Audient's flagship analogue console is the ASP8024. A version of this desk with an integrated control surface is known as the ACS8024. It has 80 inputs, with 36 channels and full 24-track routing. It also has 14 auxiliary buses and equalisation.
2009 saw the release of the Audient Zen console. A more compact desk than the ASP8024, it was also the first to offer digital audio workstation automation facilities – for use with Pro Tools, Logic Pro and other similar computer software. It has 16 channels with motorised faders, and is therefore designed to be the main desk of a project recording studio. It has no equalisation or channel processing built in, but offers simple implementation of outboard equipment. There is a stereo bus compressor in the master section that has been reviewed particularly favourably.
The latest console is the ASP2802, which offers improved digital audio workstation control in a smaller 8 channel interface. It is designed to provide simple integration of analogue audio mixing techniques in a computer-based studio environment.
Audient also produces a number of microphone preamplifier and audio signal processing units, such as the Black Series (compression, equalisation, word clock generation and analogue to digital conversion) and the ASP008 and MiCO microphone preamplifiers.
David Dearden famously worked on the console at Ascot Sound Studios during the recording of John Lennon's album, Imagine. Following the sessions, which were produced by Phil Spector, David went on to design and build consoles for George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
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