Producer Michal Pajdiak upgrades private studio with Neve 8424

Multi-talented sound engineer and music producer Michal Pajdiak has upgraded his private studio with a Neve 8424 console, as Headliner recently discovered…

Pajdiak’s unique studio is based in the heart of the beautiful old city of Bohemia, with two separate studios in a two-story house, a recording room and dedicated vocal booth, and an attractive garden in the centre of the city.

The engineer and producer, who has been in the industry since the late ‘90s, provides a range of services including composing music for TV ads and films, sound post-production, music mixing and mastering, and complete music production. He caters to both online and offline clients and his expertise in the field has earned him Apple certification as a mastering engineer.

One of the key pieces of equipment in his studio is the Neve 8424 console which has replaced an Avid S3 Controller and Shadow Hills Equinox unit.

Neve’s 8424 is a small format console with a large format sound, based on the iconic 80-series console range. It is designed to fit the needs of the modern hybrid studio, where the speed of in-the-box workflow is enhanced with the sound quality of analogue outboard gear.

“I love my 8424 console. It’s just made for me. It has everything I need,” says Pajdiak. “It is very flexible and I use it for everything - from recording, composing, producing and mixing to final mastering.”

Sound-wise, this console is a beast.

The 8424 features a built-in master bus EQ and stereo width enhancement, processors that provide Pajdiak with powerful tools for mixing or mastering:

“I love the master section because I can set up each channel strip the way I need it, using analogue outboards, parallel compression, cues… it’s just great,” he adds.

Pajdiak has been working on several projects, both short-term and long-term, using the Active Faders feature on the 8424 console.

He comments: “Sound-wise, this console is a beast. All the mixes and masters I’ve done on it rock so well. It’s a combination of this desk, Trinnov room control unit and my loving BareFoot Sound speakers.”

When working on mixes for film and TV ads, Pajdiak does all of this in the box as most of his clients are online and require changes that must be applied quickly and precisely.

“This console makes my life much easier,” he says. “Especially when clients ask for a quick change – it means I can easily do what they need.”