Phase One’s Studio C
Toronto, ON (November 25, 2008)–Phase One Studios, a four-room facility, has installed a Solid State Logic 48-channel Duality console in Studio C, a mix room with a small overdub room, as part of a facility upgrade.
“We wanted to install a console that would bring us into the future and the Duality certainly accomplishes this,” says Donny DaSilva, studio manager for Phase One Studios. “We extensively researched the console market including speaking to some very predominate engineers about the purchase and everyone agreed: Duality is the new, hip console to own. The list of hit records being recorded and mixed on Duality industry-wide is expanding very rapidly! So we were pretty much sold when we did our research.
“Duality addresses the changing paradigm of working ‘in the box,’ while providing a work surface familiar to the top engineers,” DaSilva adds. “Duality gives us the great sound quality of the 9000 K Series, while controlling a DAW from the console. So, Duality actually gives us expanded access to more engineers, making us more flexible with our bookings. I’ve also heard a lot of good things about Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) technology and how it’s been implemented in a lot of external pieces of equipment. With the Duality, we are now able to have that control on the console and that is wonderful. In every way, from the in-depth display of console functions to the greatly reduced owner’s manual, the Duality is the perfect choice for our future.”
Producer David Bottrill at
the new SSL Duality console
in Phase One’s Studio C.
Phase One recently completed a project with Grammy Award-winning producer David Bottrill, who booked Studio C for three weeks to mix a new Martha and the Muffins project for release in early 2009. Bottrill has worked with groups such as Tool, Staind and Silverchair, among others.
Phase One’s chief engineer George Seara, who has worked with Sting, Rihanna and Ludacris, notes, “Now that I’ve used Duality, I can see myself limited when working on a conventional analog console. This console offers the best of both worlds.” Coming up for Studio C is a DVD mix project that will tap into Duality’s 5.1 capabilities.
“I have a project coming up in a little over a month that will put the Duality through its paces,” says DaSilva. “A live-show DVD is being produced involving a 50-piece orchestra and a 150-person choir captured at a local stadium. We expect the audio to be 190 tracks wide–this is massive! I’m really looking forward to that booking because it will be mixed in full 5.1 surround with lock to picture. The Duality will help us explore this market in a big way.
“The Duality is much more efficient to run than the aging SSL 4000 it is replacing, and that is an added bonus for us,” states DaSilva. “We can actually expand the physical console without the need of a dedicated machine room. This yields saving on air conditioning and lighting costs, while giving us much needed storage space. That’s another example of SSL’s forward thinking, because we’re definitely in an age where every kilowatt that’s used is affecting our bottom line. We are very excited about the Duality.”
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