BRITISH DJ BEN WESTBEECH BIUYS PRISM SOUND TITAN
British DJ and producer Ben Westbeech has recently bought himself a Prism Sound Titan USB multi-track audio interface for his Amsterdam studio, saying audio clarity was the decider for the purchase.
Westbeech set up his own studio facility two years ago when he moved from London to Amsterdam. However, he regularly commutes to the UK to record material for his BBC Radio 1 residency, which he presents as Breech.
Two years has seen Westbeech build up an impressive gear list. He says. “I now have a selection of synths and drum machines, all synced through a Roland SBX, including an Oberheim OBX, a Prophet 6, a Macbeth Mx3 and a Verbos modular set up. I use a lot of analogue compressors and I process a lot of sounds through vintage channel strips, including two SSL E Series and two Neve VRs. My main microphone is a beautiful gun metal Neumann U47 and I use a Moses and Moses patch bay, which makes everything a lot easier to connect in terms of signal path.”
Westbeech was introduced to the Titan by a studio-owner friend. The interface’s clarity and ‘cleanness’ impressed him so much that he got one for himself. He adds that using Titan for mixing allows him to hear lower and mid frequencies more accurately.
“I work at a slightly lower level of monitoring now,” he says. “I used to mix so loud, so that’s a good thing for my ears! I love the clarity of sound that the Titan gives me.”
Although Westbeech has his own studio set-up, he still uses commercial facilities, especially when he wants to record strings or larger ensembles.
“The Dairy in Brixton or Kyteman in Utrecht are among my favourites, but I prefer to use my own studio as much as I can,” he says. “Early this year I produced and wrote my first album with a Manchester-based band called Everyone, which was really good fun. We recorded everything at my studio and it inspired me make the most of all my equipment. It was a little cramped at times but we got a really great sound, and I hope to produce another band next year as I really enjoyed the process with the Everyone.”
Westbeech is about record his third vocal album, hoping to make a start by the end of the year. He is also busy working under his Breech moniker and DJ-ing in various countries around the world.