Westlake Village, CA (July 24, 2009)–Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro) has supplied the Commodores’ Walter “Clyde” Orange with a Neve Genesys console for his personal studio in South Florida.
Orange was alerted to the Neve Genesys by Akee Campbell, a GC Pro account manager at the Hallandale Beach, FL GC Pro location. GC Pro is the exclusive U.S. sales channel for the Neve Genesys and related products. “Akee’s been a good friend for a long time, and he knew that this would be a good console for what I want to do,” says Orange. “As soon as I saw it had the name Neve on it, it was a wrap, a done deal.”
One of the key things that Orange remembers from when he was singing and playing on some of the funk era’s greatest hits, like “Brick House” and “Too Hot Ta Trot,” is how great they sounded on Neve consoles. Over 30 years later, Orange and the Commodores are still going strong–and now he has a Neve of his own.
The Commodores, with original members Orange and William King, are off to Europe this summer; following that, they will return to begin a new album, much of which, Orange predicts, will be done on the Neve Genesys. “We’re going to start the record here and we hope to take it as far as we can in this studio,” he says. “It sounds so incredible, we may be able to take it all the way.”
The base Neve Genesys configuration offers 16 channels of mic/line preamps, 16-channel DAW monitoring, 32-channel analog summing at mixdown, DAW control for Pro Tools, Logic, Nuendo and more, eight auxiliary buses, eight group buses, two main outputs, 4 effects returns, comprehensive metering, 5.1 monitoring, two cue mixes, talkback services and an internal power supply. It can be expanded to over 60 channels with options including motorized fader automation, recall, mastering-grade A/D and D/A converters, digitally controlled EQ and dynamics, remote mic amp control and much more.
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