London, UK (November 13, 2006)–Mix engineer/producer Mark “Spike” Stent (Madonna, Björk, Gwen Stefani, No Doubt, Massive Attack), recently picked up six SSL XLogic E Signature units for a Maroon 5 project he’s co-producing, with Mike Elizondo, at Conway Studios in Los Angeles.
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent with SSL XLogic E Signature units”I’m used to tracking with SSL consoles,” Stent explained, “and we were using another desk. I took these E Signature channels, and the results were outstanding.
“The E Signature is amazing on the kick and snare, ambient mics and things like that,” Stent added. “And it’s quite focused: you can really get in there with the EQ and notch things out or do whatever you have to do. I also really love the ‘Listen Mic’ Compressor–that’s fantastic. The second harmonic distortion function is brilliant.”
The XLogic E Signature Channel brings the classic sound of the original early ’80s E Series console to the outboard rack of today’s engineers and producers, delivering the choice of selectable transformer driven or Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) mic amps and the world renowned ‘Listen Mic’ Compressor-the secret weapon of many producers.
“The results were amazing,” Stent enthused. “I really love them; they saved my bacon!”
Stent, who mixes on an SSL G Series console in the Mix Suite, his private room at Olympic Studios, is also using SSL’s XLogic Multichannel Compressor. “That’s quite interesting as well,” he said. “I’ve been using it as dual stereo compressors–it’s great that you can run it as two independent stereo compressors.”
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