DARP Productions Stays Lucid

Feb 23, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Whether on the road or in the studio, Rick Sheppard, longtime chief engineer and programmer for producer Dallas Austin and DARP Productions, regularly chooses Lucid Audio for the company’s AD/DA conversion needs.

Pictured: Rick Sheppard (left) and Dallas Austin

DARP Studios, an expansive Atlanta-based facility boasting two SSL consoles, a Sony Oxford and several writing/production suites, contains two Lucid SSG192 Studio Sync Generators, two AESx4 AES/EBU Distribution Amps, three CLKx6 Audio Clock Distribution Amps, six ADA 8824 8-channel AD/DA units, a pair of SRC9624 sample rate converters, and a few DA 9624 and AD 9624s stereo D/A and A/D converters. Sheppard adds that he recently added a GENx6 word/super clock to the Lucid rack.

Austin and Sheppard travel with about 55 road cases of MIDI, computers and recording gear. Their production style requires that all MIDI instruments, as well as a large GigaStudio rig, run virtually until the end of the project when all those sounds are finalized and actually recorded. Lucid gear and Emagic's Logic Audio software running on Digidesign's Pro Tools process cards all come into play.

"Realistically, since we need to be portable for traveling and also work on so many different songs/projects at the same time, the idea of setting up and recalling the console and song every time we change is ludicrous," said Austin. "Both Dallas and I each use a DA 9624 [DAC] fed from the AESx4 distribution amp. That unit gets an AES/EBU stereo pair digitally from one of the ADA 8824s. We both have our own headphone and speaker level controls using these boxes. I mix internally and monitor through this same path."

Austin, whose credit list includes work with ABC (Another Bad Creation), Boys II Men, TLC, Pink, Madonna and Michael Jackson, to name a few, most recently wrapped up a few tracks for Janet Jackson’s forthcoming album, Damita Jo, and is currently working on a solo project for No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and new tracks for Latina sensation Shakira.

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