Thursday the 3rd of May 2018 saw the latest Miloco Studios Pro Audio Showcase held at their South London studio facility. This was not only a chance to mingle with fellow audio professionals and students but also a chance to see demonstrations of some of the latest and greatest in the field of pro audio.
Miloco Pro Audio Showcase is quite different from many events that we attend, so much so, that you can tailor your visit so you only see and hear what you want too. This is thanks to the entire facility being turned over to the event so while there might be a monitor demonstrations in the famous Red Room you could choose to check out some of the many gear demos in the mail Pool studio arena.
First up for me was a visit to the Pool control room where they were testing 12 different mic pres from brands such as Neve, Manley, API, Warm Audio, Chandler Limited, Focusrite, Audient, Black Lion Audio and some amazing vintage preamps in the form of the Telefunken V76. The test was being carefully carried out by Australian Producer and Engineer Dax Liniere and a great deal of attention was being taken to make sure that all the gains were set accurately to produce a fair test and listening experience.
Audio for the test was a guitar player locked away in one of the Pool studio isolation booths. The guitar was being recorded in both clean and dirty states so you could decide which pre sounded best for each guitar tone.
I can already hear you asking the ultimate question, "which pre sounded the best?" Well in truth to my ears they all sounded great with maybe a special mention going to the Manley and the Audient, which as it happens are both preamps that I liked already. The ultimate answer has to be they all sounded great, but what might work for one track or style of music might not worth for another. (Slowly and safely gets down off the fence).
The Bridge studio at Miloco is home to a 24 channel Audient ASP8024 console and this is where the team from Audient were camped out with their new interface the iD44. Bryn Wildish from Audient was on hand to demo this new piece of kit along with its new GUI control panel. We look forward to getting one of these for a full review very soon.
The Bridge was also where I watched a short Masterclass with Producer Engineer Matt Lawrence who talked about some for his latest work and some of the tricks he uses when working. It truly was standing room only for this session which ended up running twice due to its popularity.
The main Pool Studio live room, which is the biggest single place at Miloco was a great place to check out some of the latest gear from Chandler Limited, Focusrite and Warm Audio along with monitor demonstrations from Quested and PMC who had a pair of their amazing Result 6 monitors which for their size really do put out a might sound. There were also breakout rooms of the main studio where you could try Manley and Sony mics and some amazing guitar pedals.
One of the final sessions I attended was the under £2000 monitor shootout in the SSL G+ equipped Red Room. The attendees had the chance to listen to a 2 minute clip of different musical styles on 6 different pairs of near-field monitors from Unity Audio, Focal, Quested, PSI, PMC and Adam Audio. Once again the room was very divided by which they liked but special mention should go to the Unity Audio Baby Rocks as for their size and price point they more than held their own with some of the phyiscally bigger speakers.
I would estimate their to have been well over 200 attendees at the event. The entire complex was buzzing with chat, demos and networking, all washed down with your choice of beverage. Everyone who attended went home with a goodie bag which included plug-ins and other pro audio goodies worth well over £250 so all in all a great event. Many congratulations to the team at Miloco for a fantastic event and a great way to start the summer in pro audio.
We look forward to the next Miloco Studio Pro Audio Showcase and look forward to seeing and meeting even more of you next time.