Music Producer, Engineer, Remixer
London, United Kingdom
Mixing and Recording in the UK
Devin is a London based engineer who has worked with a variety of musicians in his career. Covering all aspects of music production, from studio recording through mixing, he has also worked on music post production for live concert recordings. Devin recently joined the Avid UK team as Artist Series Product Specialst and is working on an Artist Series Logic Pro Mixing tutorial video for us that we will post here on the Artist Series site later in June.
Simplify the Recording Process
I’m usually working in either Logic or Pro Tools. With the level of control provided by DAW’s these days, mixes usually happen organically as a song is structured and built as all of these changes are saved with a project and recalled the next time you open it. Levels and FX chosen during production become part of how you hear the song.
With the Artist Series, I can quickly engage automation on some channels during recording, adjust EQ, Dynamics and send levels. The complexity of doing these functions previously on an analogue console made it too cumbersome in practice, while doing them with a mouse made it fiddly, took too long and wasn’t nearly as much fun.
Artist Series at the Heart of the Studio
Depending on level of production, the Artist Mix and Artist Control can be the heart of my recording setup, or part of a larger system. For example, when demoing ideas, the Artist Mix and Artist Control are used to quickly get levels, FX assigned, headphone mixes and channel assignments in Logic Pro. When I combine this with EuCon control of Apogee products, I can also get mic pre gain or engage phantom power. When heavy editing in Pro Tools is required, the Artist Control replaces keyboard shortcuts with the programmable softswitches and dedicated transport. For larger production mixes, the Artist Mix can be used alongside analogue console automation to give you the best of both worlds.
I share a studio in North London with a singer/songwriter named Chris Sheehan. It’s called 50:50 Studios. We have been using the Artist Series when recording to Pro Tools for his recent songs, and on the mixes. Also, I have been using it to control Cubase on some rough mixes that I’ve been doing at home for a band called The Yards from York.
Favorite Features of the Artist Series
The resolution of the faders is quite good and I love the OLED displays on the Artist Mix. Very bright with lots of information fed back to me. The portability of the units means I can take it with me to the various locations I work. Also programming the soft keys means I have dedicated switches for common functions of pretty much any program, from ical to Microsoft Word. I also love using the “flip” function on the Artist Mix to flip Aux sends from the rotary encoders to the faders. This way I can set up a quick headphone mix for a musician, or adjust several sends to a reverb or delay simultaneously.
Integrating the Artist Series into the Studio
The learning curve of the Artist Series is nearly flat. If you are deeply familiar with your DAW, the Artist Series products feel like a natural extension. It’s no different than going from a Korg to a Kurzweil synth. Using softkeys on the touch screen can feel daunting as there are so many pages, but you can program those to be whatever you want.
My first introduction was to CS3000, which I still think it is one of the best analogue consoles I have used in terms of clarity and control. And I think that is the strength of Euphonix - giving deep and immediate control to the user. EuCon is another level of high speed integrated control for DAW’s, and the Artist Series gives you the functionality associated with audio production (faders and knobs) that is expandable. The same functions of the System 5-MC are there in the Artist Series.