imgBoston, MA (April 21, 2014)—Gibson guitar signature artist Johnny A., winner of the Boston Music Awards’ Blues Artist of the Year 2010, has installed an SSL AWS 948 hybrid console/controller at his high-end home studio.

“I was first exposed to the AWS at an Art Institute program attended by my daughter, where I had the chance to work with some Live at Daryl’s House audio stems that were lent to the program,” says Johnny A. Over the years, Johnny A. has lent his talents to projects with musicians including vocalist Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band), percussionist Mingo Lewis (Santana), drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos), and released his first solo album in 2001.

“The stems were also recorded on an AWS, so basically I had the chance to just play around with the high-quality audio,” he continues. “It is difficult for me to explain what I was feeling and hearing, but it was almost like the tracks had a comfortable ‘this sounds right’ glow about them. The clarity and detail was excellent, the depth and width amazing and the bass was tight, punchy and round.”

Once the console was integrated into Johnny A.’s control room, he started to run some raw, unmixed stereo stems from his current recording project, Driven, to get a feel for using the AWS with his Mac/Logic DAW rig. “When I ran some previously recorded tracks through the AWS, I was completely amazed by the results,” he states. “That same audio glow I experienced earlier was right there in my monitors. When I started to break out the tracks and play with a mix, the sound was big and warm. Another thing I noticed was the spot-on phase coherency. I am getting the same level of sound quality now that I experienced in multi-million dollar studios, but in my home.”

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