Pursuit for high-res recording leads StarMount to Pyramix
MALAYSIA: In the search for the ‘ultimate sound quality’, StarMount Studio in Kuala Lumpur has purchased a Merging Technologies Horus audio convertor with premium convertor cards and Pyramix DAW with MassCore, which will reportedly enable it to cater for the increased enthusiasm in Asia for high-resolution audio. The decision was made after embarking on a trial period with a Pyramix and Horus on loan from the manufacturer’s regional distributor, Stagetec Asia.
‘The meeting with Johan together with a product demo period was a total game changer,’ recalled studio owner Alex Tan. ‘The only thing that really mattered was the superior audio quality but the sheer power of the DAW in handling high track counts in high sampling rates was really surprising. It was so good that we made the bold decision to migrate our on-going session, halting it, rewiring to Horus and recording the rest of the tracks entirely with Pyramix at 192kHz.’
Although no easy task on its own, the move had wider ranging considerations, such as the need to switch the operating system from OSX to Windows. ‘I do not deny that it was a leap of faith and a tough shift from OSX to Windows,’ continued Mr Tan. ‘It’s all worth the pain as not only my team and I have gained from this new change but our clients are improving on each session because they like what they hear and that drives them to be better.’
One of the other deciding factors was the MassCore engine inside Pyramix that emulates the power and low latency of external DSP cards in a software solution. ‘I like the way Pyramix is presented,’ Mr Tan furthered. ‘The proprietary audio processing is far superior to any DSP cards in my own user experience. All in all, we are still learning, exploring within the Pyramix and constantly in contact with thier fantastic tech support to make the most out of our workflow. Again, it’s all down to dollars and cents and I think it’s the best system at an affordable price point.’
Summing up his experience with the new system so far, Mr Tan enthused: ‘We are truly pleased with the amount of headroom available. The audio fidelity from the Horus converters is truly amazing as well. The audio engine of Pyramix is the most powerful yet versatile DAW we have come across so far. I feel this is the best purchase to date for our studio.’