Hollywood, CA (March 3, 2005)–A partnership was recently formed between engineer/producer Tal Herzberg and Henson Recording Studios to operate the newly designated Studio H at Henson, which has been built around an SSL AWS 900 console. The console is the controller and audio path for a large Digidesign Pro Tools recording and editing system. The Studio will service Herzberg’s clients and commercial projects.
Pictured (l-r) are Ron Rutledge, vice president of Henson Recording Studios, and Tal Herzberg, Grammy nominated engineer/producer, with the newly installed SSL AWS 900 Console in Studio ‘H’ at Henson Recording Studios. Photo by Edward C. Colver.
“I formed a partnership with Henson Recording Studios, where they have provided the space and the management facility and I have commissioned the gear,” said Herzberg. “I’ve commissioned a full-blown Pro Tools rig, the AWS 900 console and a bunch of outboard gear. I really wanted the room to sonically sizzle and the AWS 900 accomplishes this, while comfortably fitting in the control room. To me, the AWS 900 is the only console produced that would fit the needs of this room.”
Herzberg is a four-time Grammy nominated producer, programmer, engineer who has worked on projects ranging from Black Eyed Peas, Vanessa Carlton, Counting Crows and Christina Aguilera to Phil Collins, David Bowie, Mary J. Blige and Brittany Spears. His experience with SSL consoles through his work with the pop hit makers led him to the AWS 900 purchase.
“First and foremost, the AWS 900 gives us super high-quality analogue summing,” Herzberg explained. “Add to this the SSL-reputable automation, control room facilities, EQs, and SuperAnalogue mic preamps and you have a winning package. I work all the time on the J and K Series consoles and hats off to SSL for providing XL 9000 K Series quality and control in a package that is affordable for a semi-private studio. I call the AWS 900 the Baby K.”
Said Ron Rutledge, vice president of Henson Recording Studios, about the new partnership, “Tal is obviously a well-known engineer and he has worked at Henson in the past and expressed the desire to work here on a more regular basis. This arrangement is not new to us as we have a similar arrangement with other rooms in the facility. The addition of the AWS 900 is very pleasing to us, as we have a long and positive history with SSL. As Tal will only be working in the room part of the time, the AWS 900 allows us to rent out a high quality room for less dollars, so we anticipate the room will be very active.”
Indeed, as soon as the AWS 900 was installed, the room was booked by Hope, a new artist on Virgin Records, for a three-week vocal session, which is being engineered by Greg Collins and produced by Matt Serletic.