Los Angeles, CA (February 27, 2006)–Producer Mike Elizondo has had a successful year, having produced/engineered Fiona Apple’s long-awaited Extraordinary Machine and Alanis Morissette’s “Wunderkind,” featured on the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia. These, and other projects, have been produced out of his private LA facility, Phantom Studios, equipped with an SSL AWS 900.
For Elizondo, who has worked as a producer, musician and writer with artists as diverse as 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Eminem and Sheryl Crow, the AWS 900 made perfect sense as a centerpiece to Phantom Studios. “I was doing a recording session at Henson Studios and got a chance to see it,” Elizondo recalled. “Between that and the referral of [engineer] Manny Marroquin, it became obvious that the AWS 900 was the next level. The ability to have a control surface as well as an analog mixing board was perfect for the room I was building.”
In choosing a console for Phantom Studios, Elizondo, like so many other engineers and studio owners, recognized the dual benefits of the AWS 900’s SuperAnalogue signal path coupled with a comprehensive DAW controller. “I’m comfortable working on an SSL board,” he explained, “and this looks, feels and sounds like a traditional SSL board. I love the idea of being able to route what I do in Pro Tools through 24 tracks of analog EQ, dynamics and everything else. Basically, you’re getting the classic SSL sound with the control surface capabilities. To me, there’s no competition, because there’s nothing else like it.”
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