Six of Audient’s iD4 audio interfaces joined Canadian songwriters and Canadian music publishers reps who travelled across the Atlantic for a four-day intensive songwriting camp at East London’s Strongroom studios recently. Occupying six workstations over three studios, it was Strongroom’s technical manager, Jake Murray who oversaw the studio arrangements for the visitors.
iD4 – “They’re really handy little units”
“It was a complicated setup with a lot of moving parts, but having everything centred around the iD4 just meant the producers had some continuity between every room. We used the same speakers, microphones and interface in all six rigs, so the biggest variables were the rooms and the co-writers,” explains Jake. “We were particularly proud of how well the ‘B rooms’ came together, as they were set up from scratch.”
Facilitated by Phrased Differently and organised by Music Publishers Canada, the event was the inaugural ‘Create UK’ export initiative to connect music publishers and their songwriters with key business and creative contacts in global markets.
Supplied by studio equipment specialists, Kazbar Systems (after a fortuitously timed phone call) the six bijou audio interfaces arrived from Audient HQ right on time. Jake took the opportunity to familiarise himself with them during the setup. “We put a DI guitar and vocal mic through the two inputs of the iD4 in each room and had it feeding the speakers too, so I got a good idea of the sound and feel,” he says. “They’re really handy little units that I can see being invaluable for people on the move, and particularly useful for ad-hoc ‘B-rig’ setups like the ones we put together for the Create UK writing camp this week.”
“invaluable for people on the move”
So how did it go? “The event was brilliant! Everybody was really pleased with how accessible the workflow was,” he continues. “We had 20 or so writers and producers in total working together on songs throughout the week, moving between rooms each day and gathering together at the end for a playback session.
“It couldn’t have gone more smoothly, which in such a large scale operation is all you can ask for. I think that comfort and consistency in hardware setup really helped people to focus on the creative process instead of being bogged down in ‘tech faff’, and the iD4s were a huge part of that.”
Audient is very pleased to hear it!