“The Audient is just fabulous,” enthuses Alvarez, happy to recommend the Centro to anyone using a workstation based studio. “I was trawling for opinions on these kinds of devices on the forums, and read a posting about it on gearslutz.com. After downloading the manual from the Audient website, I found it had the feature set I needed.
”One of the main reasons I chose it, was the direct record input to cue, and the wealth of inputs in general. It’s nice to be able to control the performer’s level to their headphone mix at the touch of a knob without affecting my control room mix,“ he explains. ”The built-in talkback mic was a huge plus too. It’s also a bit easier on the wallet than the other two I was considering.“
Centro is a stand-alone master section for the DAW-centred studio, bringing together monitoring and routing of analogue and digital sources, cue mixing and talkback in a flexible, ergonomic package.
The studio Alvarez has set up comprises LogicPro DAW software on a Mac G5 with a pair of DynAudio BM6As. e a pair of DynAudio BM6Ax with it
Alvarez is one half of Musaic, a production team dedicated to the creation of music and sound design solutions for anything from radio and television commercials to feature and industrial films and network television series.
Musaic boasts a diverse and numerous client list. Some more recent projects include a documentary film on the life of Robert Mondavi and several for the Pachamama Alliance; radio commercials for Mondavi Winery, Samsung and Xerox, as well as providing a CD’s worth of woodwind and string arrangements for the jazz singer Lindsey Brier’s debut album. Musaic are also proud to count writing music for one of the world’s most popular video games, SIMS II (Electronic Arts) as another of their triumphs, along with the creation of the theme and most of the underscore to NBC’s long running US reality TV show, Unsolved Mysteries.
Alvarez himself has been active in the music and recording community for over twenty years with two Emmy awards for his work on the documentary film ”Birth of a City" (2000), and on a public service announcement for AIDS research sponsored by radio station KKSF (1996).
For further information on Musaic please visit www.musaic.biz