Audient

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Audient Ltd.
Private limited
3450730
Industry Mixing consoles
Studio hardware
Founded 1997
Headquarters Herriard, Hampshire, UK
Products ASP8024 HE Console
ASP4816 Console
ASP510
ASP800
ASP880
iD22
iD14
iD4
Number of employees
14
Website www.audient.com

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 was then purchased by Simon Blackwood (formerly of Focusrite/Novation) in the winter of 2013.[1] The company carried on that philosophy, producing professional equipment at a mid-range price. Flagship designs include the ASP8024, a large format inline mixing console with up to 80 inputs on the 36 channel version. Recent development has seen the company branch out into the audio interface market with the addition of the iD22 followed by the iD14 and iD4.

The company is based in Herriard (near Basingstoke, Hampshire, England) but has employees in Bulgaria and throughout the UK. A widespread global distribution network is in place outside of the United Kingdom, with Audient taking British distribution in-house as of July 2010.[2]

Mixing consoles[edit]

ASP8024-HE[edit]

Audient's flagship analogue console is the ASP8024 Heritage Edition. This desk can come with a DAW control platform, the DLC. The configuration of the desk is fully customizable and can have up to 60 channels, all complete with equalisation.

ASP4816[edit]

The ASP4816 is an inline console and the little brother of the ASP8024-HE. It has a total of 48 inputs with 16 mic pres each with a 4 band splittable EQ, a bus compressor and 4 stereo monitor outputs.

Audio Interfaces[edit]

iD22[edit]

The iD22 was Audient's first venture into the audio interface market. The high performance A/D and D/A interface with a comprehensive monitoring system hit the shelves 2013. The iD22 uses the class A preamps of the ASP8024-HE large format recording console, top of the range Burr Brown Analogue to Digital and Digital to Analogue converters, optical input and outputs and also a JFET DI input. The iD22 remains the flagship interface of Audient's range of iD audio interfaces.

iD14[edit]

iD14 was Audient's second interface. Its features two of the same world famous preamps used across all Audient products and the harmonically rich DI. It also boasts an ADAT input in order to connect external optical preamps such as the ASP880 and ASP800. The iD14 is also the first interface to features Audient's innovative ScrollControl. The iD14 remains the best selling interface of the Audient line.

iD4[edit]

The iD4 is the latest edition to Audient's iD range. It is a 2 in, 2 out interface. It has independent microphone/line and DI inputs and two balanced speaker outputs. It also features the same Scroll Control function used on the iD14.

Outboard equipment[edit]

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)[3] and the ASP008 and MiCO microphone preamplifiers.[4]

Equipment use[edit]

Audient equipment is in use at many major studios worldwide, such as Abbey Road Studios, Pete Townshend's Eel Pie Studios[5] and House of Blues,[6] USA.

Previous work[edit]

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.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Audient Contact Us". Audient Ltd. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Audient UK distribution goes in-house". Pro Sound News. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Audient Black Series". Audient Ltd. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Audient Work Station Peripherals". Audient Ltd. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Audient Sumo Summing Amplifier with Compressor/Limiter and 192k/24 bit Digital Output Card". Music 123. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Audient ASP8024 Analogue Console". Recording.org. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Video: Dave Dearden on John Lennon's Imagine". Electronic Musician TV. Archived from the original on 19 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.