Oxford, UK (November 29, 2010)–London-based writer, producer, vocalist and musician Johnny McDaid recently installed an SSL Matrix mixing console and DAW controller in his recording studio.
McDaid collaborates with alt-rockers Snow Patrol, has penned dance tracks for Paul van Dyk, remixed U2 and racked up writing credits with the likes of Gary Go, Carina Round, Iain Archer and Example. His music has also soundtracked a plethora of TV adverts and shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills and Defying Gravity and in Hollywood movies, including Sex Drive, My Sister’s Keeper and more.
Consequently Fieldwork Studio–McDaid’s North London production and writing suite–needs to be flexible enough to handle any job that comes his way, which is why he has recently installed a Solid State Logic Matrix. “I didn’t specifically head out for an SSL; I just wanted something that would tick the right boxes for me. I needed something that would work as a controller, that would function as a desk, a summing mixer that I’d be able to patch outboard gear in to, and when I did some research, Matrix checked all of the boxes and added a whole load more to the list as well.”
“The controller side of Matrix is fantastic, so I’m constantly using the short-cut keys and the jog wheel, and the transport is amazing. Mainly, though, what I’m interested in with Matrix is the analogue side of it. Before Matrix I always mixed in the box. When I was in a band and touring I’d mix on a laptop with headphones, but even when I broke away from that and had a studio I still tended to mix in the box. I don’t think I ever want to go back to mixing in the box again.”
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