60 channel console. Features 24 Bus routing, extended range splittable EQ, 14 Aux busses, 4 stereo returns, integrated mix bus compressor, main plus 3 alternate CR speaker selects, separate fader section, separate channel & tape return metering, 8 additional audio subgroups plus backlit select and mode indication. Fitted with Alps K series faders as standard.
The Audient ASP8024 was designed by one of the world’s most experienced and successful console engineering teams, headed by David Dearden and Gareth Davies – the founders of DDA, whose designs such as DMR12, AMR24 and DCM232 are still regarded as amongst the best sounding consoles ever made.
In creating ASP8024, Dearden and Davies set out to achieve a straightforward goal - to use their expertise and experience, cutting-edge design, manufacturing techniques and the best component technologies to establish a new ‘standard’ in cost effect analogue mixing – delivering a product that would be truly ‘technology proof’ while at the same time providing familiar functionality and outstanding audio quality.
Since its introduction, ASP8024 has decisively established itself as the benchmark analogue console in its market segment and is now used in hundreds of professional facilities worldwide.
To avoid an excessively long reach and to improve visibility, all input related functions that normally tend to be pre-set are located in the lower part of the meter bridge directly facing the engineer and within arm’s length. This also enables isolation of the no-compromise microphone amplifier design, which has a performance equivalent to many high priced outboard units.
24 Track assignment switches are at the top of the module allowing more frequently used controls to be placed closer to the engineer.
Controls are arranged in ergonomic functional groups and carefully designed custom molded knobs along with a consistent and logical color coded backlit panel design provide exceptional tactile and visual feedback of control status. Panel legending is reverse screened on polycarbonate overlays and is not subject to wear.
Cut and Solo buttons in the long and short fader paths are large illuminated custom designed items, with a wide viewing-angle.
The common claim for all in-line consoles is that there are two signal paths per channel. Frequently the second signal path is useful only for basic applications due to lack of functionality. Where functionality has been provided, it is often accompanied by an operational complexity that just leads to frustration.
As most track laying is performed with the console effectively in a mix mode, it makes sense to use the long fader path as the mix path, while the short fader path performs the input/ tracking function, controlling levels to the recording medium. The short fader path will normally require the minimum of facilities, and all shared circuitry can normalize into the long fader path. ASP8024 allows great flexibility in the allocation of shared facilities but also uses a number of unique design features to avoid the operational complexity this usually entails.
During the mix phase the short fader path is often used to provide extra inputs to the mix, any or all of which may require EQ and Effects processing. To cater for this situation, the ASP8024 EQ can be split into two parts.
The upper part handles shelving high and low frequency controls, and the lower section is a pair of fully parametric mids. Each section can be individually switched into the short fader path.
Should this be insufficient, or if specific external processing (limiter, noise gate, de-essor etc.) is needed, each path has been provided with an individual switched insert point.
Signal metering in the channel is handled by a 20 segment peak reading led bargraph which is normalized in the long fader path, and a 3 segment led bargraph indicating signal present, normal level, and overload, in the short fader path. The meter functions can be reversed if required.
Multitrack buses are assigned via 12 individual switches in combination with a shift button allowing access to buses 13-24. The assignment section can be accessed from either the short or long fader paths, pre or post pan.
A total of 14 Auxiliary send buses can be accessed via 8 controls. Controls 1 to 6 can be reassigned to buses 7 to 12, and are switched in pairs to the short fader path and also pre / post the relevant fader. This leaves 2 controls permanently assigned to Auxiliary A and B buses, individually switched to the short fader path. These are normally used for artists foldback purposes, although they can be switched post fader if required for extra sends.
A flexible Auxiliary bus combining facility on the Master module allows the 2 independent signals within a channel to access the same Effects device. Should extra sends be
It is in the Master section that the shortcomings of most consoles become apparent, with rudimentary monitoring, metering and foldback selection. The monitoring path is perhaps the most important section of a console, for this is the reference through which everything else is heard. To ensure pristine audio quality, all monitor source selection on ASP8024 is performed using high quality gas filled relays without the use of solid state analogue switches, and as everywhere else in the system, a shortest signal path approach is used.
Studio and artist foldback is also well catered for with stereo outputs for Studio Monitors and 2 Foldback systems. Source selection for each of these outputs is independent and can follow the Control Room selection as well as being combined with Auxiliaries A and B buses and 2 external stereo sources.
This is a versatile system which facilitates the direct playback of a demo tape to the artist, a foldback mix consisting of the Control Room mix (the backing track), plus contributions from the Auxiliary A or B buses (the artist’s contribution), and perhaps even a personal reverb return via 1 of the 4 stereo input channels.
Most in-line mixing consoles allow the formation of sub groups, but usually at the expense of losing a channel. To avoid this, ASP8024 has 8 independent sub groups, each of which has an insert point should external processing be required. The output of each sub group can be panned across the mix, or even used as the record signal to an 8 Track recorder, metered by a 20 segment peak reading led bargraph.
A useful feature that would normally require the use of an external device is a dedicated high quality limiter / compressor, with a dynamic characteristic optimized for final mix processing. Switched ratio, attack and release times as well as a program dependent auto setting make setting up easy and repeatable.
Control Room Monitor source selection switches provide a choice between the Main Mix and three external stereo sources. A 30 segment peak reading led bargraph meter follows the source selection. The Main Monitor outputs are supplemented by 3 sets of Alternate Speaker outputs, each with its own level control.
To avoid unnecessarily tying up two mono inputs for each stereo return signal ASP8024 has a total of 4 dedicated Stereo inputs equipped with full Multitrack / Mix routing and solo / cut facilities. A wide range input gain control is used to maximize the versatility of these channels which also have direct access to the two foldback systems via rotary send controls.
Full communications facilities are provided with assignments to Mix and Bus outputs (Slate), Studio Loudspeakers and the Foldback systems.
The ASP8024 Solo system is particularly versatile, providing PFL, AFL and Solo-inPlace functions. The ‘Solo in Front’ feature allows the Solo signal to be heard either in isolation or with some of the mix signal in the background
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Reviews from the field!
"The Audient desk is literally plug-in-and-play. It's like a pro studio iPod with a Bose Sound-Dock. It's simple, elegant, and British. Everything I've wanted to do, I've been able to do on an Audient. If you can afford an Audient, go for it, it is a bargain."-Pete Townshend Read More Here!
You can happily run the whole session through the desk and get a really clean, tight sound. We're fortunate enough to have some nice outboard , so the combination of different characters works really well.”-Jonathon Spittlehouse Read More Here!
“Thanks to the ASP8024, we can have limitless mixing and summing analogue capabilities which when used with good EQ can give wonderful results. Although the EQ and the sound of the desk is neutral, we consider this to be a great benefit.”-Mariusz Ledwoch Read More Here!