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Samurai mixers rely on iD22

Samurai mixers rely on iD22
Joel Wanasek

Samurai mixers rely on iD22


Sound mixer Joel Wanasek and engineer/mix assistant Joe Wohlitz worked together on Japanese guitarist Miyavi’s chart-topping album Samurai Sessions Vol.2, including hit single Dancing With My Fingers. They have now revealed that an Audient iD22 audio interface played a major role in their setup throughout the process.

‘It was my first number one song as a mixer/mastering engineer so it was a great honour,’ said Wanasek. ‘I have spent many years mixing metal and removing dynamics from guitars. On this record, a good amount of them were actually left in, because Miyavi slaps a lot.’

Joe Wohlitz
Joe Wohlitz

The duo of Wanasek and Wohlitz have since established Drumforge, making up two thirds of the company with another partner. Drumforge creates sample libraries and drum mixing plug-ins, and has already won several awards.

‘Our philosophy is that anybody who is starting off only needs an interface with two great channels of preamp and conversion,’ said Wohlitz. ‘The iD22 goes above and beyond that and is the logical first purchase anybody should be making for an interface until their needs require something else in a much higher price bracket.’

Wanasek noted that he originally purchased an iD22 when another interface was out for repair. ‘I asked Joe what he thought could deliver high enough quality without us having to spend a ton of money,’ he recalled. ‘The iD22 started off as my backup, but it was around that time that all my work started going "in the box" so we just stayed on it. It definitely sounds great and delivers a lot of features for the price point.’

Wanasek is also the co-owner of Unstoppable Recording Machine (URM Academy) and has found the iD22 invaluable when creating content. ‘A huge thing for me was having four outputs in a compact size. I do a lot of live streaming and educational content for URM Academy. I wanted something that got rid of my patch bay and was compact. The four outputs made setting up a new rig easy. The iD22 is also very portable. For example, I backpacked it on the plane with a laptop for NAMM this year and did mixes live from the floor. It made everything a breeze.’

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