For more than 30 years GÃ¼nter Pauler's Stockfisch Records label has been aimed at audiophile fans of guitar-oriented singer-songwriters and revivalists on its label — harking back to the 1970's. Many of the artists include European musicians as well as American expats — with well known names rubbing shoulders with new discoveries. And their CD's are recorded in GÃ¼nter's Pauler Acoustics studio.
With acoustic guitarists constantly striving to have their artistry recorded dynamically and transparently, the studio maintains a policy of conscientious selection of its studio equipment.
Recently they opted to purchase a Studer Vista 5 mixing console from the company's German distributors, Audio Pro Heilbronn, which will be used for all their in-house productions. Special attention was therefore given to the quality of the sound as well as the intuitive control surface.
After the first recording sessions, GÃ¼nter Pauler could not have been more positive. "The aural characteristics of this desk are outstanding — the Vista 5 delivers soft transparency, with a spatial resolution that I have never experienced before on a digital desk.
“What particularly inspires me is that on every channel there is a parallel compressor, which in its control mode stands comparison with the best-known American analogue compressors.”
The Vista 5 is based on the Vistonicsâ„¢ control interface, which offers visual reference at the exact place at which a parameter is changed. This makes for a very flexible and fast working mixing surface. The inputs and outputs as well as the entire DSP capacity are completely scalable and can be adapted to suit the individual needs.
Pauler Acoustics use principally AES/EBU and MADI digital interfaces, over which the mic preamp and recording system operate.
Already, within a few weeks of the Vista 5's installation the first CD has been released — Paul O' Brien's Walk Back Home.