Re:Live Recording’s Rob Baldock took himself and his six Audient ASP880s up to Nottingham’s Splendour festival last month, to capture multi-track recordings of all the artists on the main stage, including Gabrielle Aplin and Busted.
«…I can rely on that sound quality and gain without compromise.»
Hired by local tv station, Notts TV, Baldock is in his fifth year at Splendour – where this year a record-breaking 25,000 people partied at Wollaton Park in the rain – and wasn’t fazed by the increased audience, or the weather. Indeed the six 8-channel ASP880 mic pres from the British manufacturer continue to serve him very well. “The patch at a festival changes with every band, and the advantage of having the same mic pres across every single channel means that I can rely on that sound quality and gain without compromise – regardless of what microphone or line signal I’m being given,” he says.
“It did rain this year at Splendour – which is a rare occurrence! However, not wanting to take the risk of getting things wet, I ensured I had a large tarpaulin to cover everything in case of a leaky roof. In the end, we were well looked after by the staging company and watertight in our corner of the stage!”
Held on Saturday 22nd July across five stages, offering music, comedy and fringe entertainment, the one-day event featured acts including Tony Hadley, Gabrielle Apin, Busted, Yola Carter and headliners, the Kaiser Chiefs.
When asked whether he was looking to add to his Audient product portfolio, Baldock referred to his studio size. “I only have a small mixing studio so, as much as I would love an ASP8024-HE – it just wouldn’t fit! However, I am starting to work in 5.1 mixing now, so maybe the ASP510 could come in handy…?”
An excellent choice, Rob. In the meantime, look out for the final recordings and videos which are expected to air on Nottstv.com in September 2017.