Kevin Shirley at his
SSL Duality console.
Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2009)–Kevin Shirley, a.k.a. The Caveman and head of Caveman Productions, has selected a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality to drive the surround sound future for his hard rock projects.
Shirley has recorded and produced hard rock artists including Aerosmith, Journey, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Silverchair and the hugely successful Led Zeppelin DVD.
“I had been mixing in surround for several projects with Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Iron Maiden and I wanted my studio to have this capability,” says Shirley. “The first surround projects we will run through Duality are the upcoming Journey live concert in the Philippines, and Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Duality is the first new generation console where the applications are only limited by your imagination, with so many ways you can program it and so many ways you can change the way you mix. I just think Duality is an absolutely stunning console–it’s super.”
Shirley, a fan of analog consoles and classic analog outboard gear, says that Duality’s VHD circuits are useful to capture the right attitude for hard rock recording. He recently started a session with VHD enabled on all channels, and then blending clean and dirty from there.
“I was a little apprehensive about the console at first because SSL consoles have the tendency to be really clean and I generally like to get a little grit in the mix,” he explains. “But sometimes that grit can be a bit too much, especially full time. So, it was very encouraging once I saw what Duality could do. It’s actually the best of both worlds–you can drive the console really hard and get a nice warm fuzzy sound out of it, or you can get super clean audio as well. I’ve got to say it’s the best console I’ve ever used.”
Solid State Logic