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Steve Mac invests in Prism Sound Orpheus

Producer Steve Mac has purchased a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire computer interface for his main studio facility in Sussex.

Since installing Orpheus, acclaimed house music producer Steve Mac has used the Prism Sound unit on almost every project he has undertaken – most recently an album project for Nic Fancuillis’ Saved Records, and two further productions for new bands. Mac initially found success in the 1990s when he met his production partner Rob Chetcuti, and the two of them went on to form production/DJ duo The Rhythm Masters. In 1997, the duo were voted Music Week’s Remixers of the Year; and also were voted in the top five Remixers of the Decade by DJ magazine. Mac now works solo as a producer out of his recording studio in Brighton. “I’m running a vintage MCI console with lots of outboard including Neve 1073s, Pultecs, Urei compressors, LA2s, SSL, Lexicon reverbs and an Eventide 8000,” he explains. “I also have lots of vintage analogue synths, a big Genelec monitoring system and even a Studer A80 tape machine. I have many converters in my chain, but I use the Orpheus to record into because I love the sound of this machine.” Mac says he uses the Orpheus for all his recording because of its punch and its ability to hold all of the frequencies of the recording. “I also love the soft limit feature; I just clip it slightly on the master recording and it adds all the warmth you need on a pre master,” he adds. “The trick is to use it very gently and not overcook it – if you do that, the results are amazing. Orpheus is, without doubt, my favourite converter.” In other news, Bournemouth University student Mair Bosworth was recently given SADiE 6 editing software as part of her package for winning the Charles Parker Prize for the best student radio documentary feature. She says that winning the SADiE package will enable her to continue making radio pieces beyond the end of her course, which she is due to complete in August. “I couldn’t afford to buy SADiE 6 for myself, so I am very grateful that I have won it,” she says. “I am also very grateful to everyone who makes this award possible and would really encourage other students to enter in future years.” Bosworth’s SADiE 6 system will be put through its paces in the coming weeks when she edits and mixes her final project for her Masters degree.