Kingston, Jamaica (June 27, 2007)–Steven “Lenky” Marsden, known in Jamaica as a musician, producer, and remixer, has installed the first SSL AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System in his country, recently settling it into his Kingston-based Area 39 Studios.
Marsden rose to prominence in 2002 with the success of his Diwali riddim in Jamaican dancehall music, used in hits by Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, and many others. Aside from working with prolific Jamaican artists like Sly & Robbie and Beenie Man, he has also created remixes for artists including Christina Aguilera, Sinead O’Conner and the Isley Brothers.
With the help of GC Pro’s Spencer Snipes, Marsden chose a system with three full XLogic X-Rack units to add 24 more channels of dynamics to the console’s two on-board compressors. SSL provided a custom patch bay solution to complete the system.
The AWS 900+ replaces a small-format digital console in Area 39 and was selected after what Marsden feels was considerable research. “I was torn between the AWS 900+ and a Pro Tools controller,” he says. “SSL makes the greatest boards in the world, and the AWS 900+ is an analog console mixed with the Pro Tools and Nuendo technology. You’re getting the great SSL technology, plus you can operate the digital recording platforms. You couldn’t ask for more.”
The small footprint of the 24-fader AWS 900+ was seen as another advantage, Marsden adds. “I don’t have to build a big room; everything can be small but the sound is big!”
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Lenky on the first AWS 900+ installation in Jamaica,” says Donovan Stark, SSL’s Partnership Manager. “Lenky has always been a leader with his music and now joins the world’s leader of sound with the purchase of the SSL AWS 900+.”
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