Portland, ME (December 6, 2004)–Mastering legend Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios recently took delivery of two Solid State Logic XLogic compressors from Professional Audio Design (PAD). The XLogic Multichannel Compressor will reside in the room primarily operated by Ludwig and will handle the growing demand for surround mastering, while the XLogic G Series Compressor will be located in the stereo room operated by Ludwig’s protégé Adam Ayan.
“In the analog domain, there are very few compressors that are specifically designed for 5.1 operations,” said Ludwig. “The SSL XLogic 5.1 has several unique features, such as the filter for the low frequency and the ability to change which channels you want to control together, making it a great choice for our application. SSL has been a leader in the recording business for a very long time and part of the company’s famous sound for rock records is its bus compressor. Being able to have a 5.1 version of the SSL bus compressor is really appropriate for many rock projects, as well as for others.”
The XLogic Multichannel Compressor unit is a 2U rack-mounting six-channel compressor. It utilizes the classic SSL center compressor design elements within a SuperAnalogue design topology, bringing the dual benefits of spectacular surround audio performance with a universally acclaimed compressor characteristic. The XLogic’s unique surround control capabilities make it a perfect choice for demanding multi-channel compression challenges.
“Mike Harnois from PAD originally contacted me about the XLogic units,” Ayan explained. “We tried them out, really loved them and decided to add them to our equipment roster. We also needed a custom threshold adjustment to ideally suit the type of work we do. PAD and SSL worked together to make the changes and it all came together.”
“The SSL XLogic units will give Gateway an industry recognized sonic standard,” stated Ludwig. “The flexibility of having a stereo and a six-channel compressor with the same basic compression characteristics gives our facility the opportunity to deliver similar service from both rooms. We are very happy with the XLogic equipment.”
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