Oxford, UK (March 16, 2007)–Since its introduction at the AES Convention in October ’06, SSL’s Duality console has rung up more than 30 sales to commercial and private studios around the world. The Duality, combining the analog sonics of SSL’s E, G & K Series consoles with extended DAW integration capabilities, has quickly earned the distinction of the fastest-selling large-format console in SSL’s history.
Pictured at the 96-channel Duality is Bernard Lohr, studio manager of Mono Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, owned by composer/producer Benny Andersson. Duality owners include such top audio professionals as Miami-based Scott Storch (50 Cent, the Roots, DMX, Missy Elliot); Paris-based Mirwais Ahmadzai (Madonna); ABBA’s Benny Andersson, owner of Mono Music in Stockholm; Alicia Keys, owner of New York-based studio The Oven; Pete Townshend, owner of the legendary London-based studio, Eel Pie; and producer/engineer Aris Archontis, owner of Sherman Oaks, CA-based Archon.
Commercial recording studios with the Duality include Studios Piccolo in Montreal, which has enjoyed a full schedule in its 5.1 mix room–Studio B–since the December 2006 installation, and Sheffield Audio Video Productions in Phoenix, MD, where Duality serves the facility’s commercial recording and training programs. Most recently, Patchwerk Recording Studios in Atlanta has purchased a Duality.
Other Duality installations around the globe include Osaka School of Music, TSM and SCA, all in Japan; Baltic Recording in Denmark; London-based studio Sahara Sound; Songworks in Sweden; and Cosmos Studios in Mexico.
“We’ve been an SSL company from the beginning and they’ve never let us down,” said Sheffield Audio Video Productions president Richard “Vance” Van Horn. “Today’s young engineers and students are much more in tune with digital audio workstations, and Duality integrates the DAW. John [Ariosa, Sheffield owner/CEO] and I knew that this was the one we had been waiting for. It just fits all the bills for what we do in our business.”
Designed to closely integrate with the operator’s workstation of choice, Duality offers VCA style or moving fader automation and complete control over DAW parameters from the console channel rotaries. The console has a unique split channel path that enables channel processing to be placed in the input or monitor path of the workstation. In addition to a SuperAnalogue mic amp, each channel features a Variable Harmonic Drive input stage designed to add analog character to sterile workstation outputs. A 2nd to 3rd harmonic drive control provides a range of tones, “from the warmth of 50’s tubes to the ‘edge’ of 70’s transistors.”
There are both E and G series equalizers and peak sensing or RMS/over-easy compression to choose from. There are multiple stereo busses or multiple 5.1 stems to make the best use of a full set of 5.1 pan/positioning controls on each channel. Duality features an engineer-familiar hardware control surface and adds TFT display across all channels to provide comprehensive visual feedback on signal levels, channel settings, system configuration and routing to deliver multi-operator Total Recall.
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