Box, Wiltshire (July 7, 2006)–Real World Studios has completed its six-month refurbishment program by installing an SSL AWS 900+ console in the freshly updated Production Room.
Earlier this year the residential facility, which is owned by Peter Gabriel, installed a new custom-built SSL XL 9000 K Series console in its main studio, The Big Room. This latest upgrade to the Production Room completes the studio’s face-lift and provides visiting artists and producers with a desk that complements the room’s extensive Pro Tools HD system.
Since its launch in 2004, SSL’s AWS 900 Analogue Workstation has captured the imagination of music recording professionals who appreciate its unique combination of SuperAnalogue audio processing and sophisticated digital control. Over 160 AWS 900s are now in use world-wide.
In April, 2006, SSL unveiled the AWS 900+, which features new control protocols for a wide range of DAWs, including Nuendo, Sonar, Digital Performer and Logic. Real World Studios is one of the first facilities in the UK to invest in this new console, which builds on the successful formula by adding tighter integration with all popular DAW platforms, enhancements to the displays and meters, and a sleek “platinum” styling.
Real World’s studio manager, Owen Leech, said the choice of console for the Production Room reflects changes taking place within the music recording business.
“We have seen a significant increase in workstation-based recording and this console’s ability to integrate with Pro Tools is what made it such an attractive proposition,” he said. “Earlier this year we bought an AWS 900 for Peter’s private studio and it has proved incredibly popular with everyone who has used it. The desk is very versatile and also sounds amazing. It is also so compact that it has freed up enough space in the studio to build a voice-over booth. Given the positive reaction we had from Peter and from visiting artists and producers using his studio, we realized that the combination of AWS 900+ and Pro Tools was the way to go.”
As well as investing in a new console, Real World has also carried out extensive building work to dramatically improve the Production Room’s acoustics. The entire studio has been redecorated and new PMC monitors have also been installed.
The Production Room is now fully operational and has already hosted an album session for Real World Music artist Sevara Nazarkhan, with producer Bruce Ellingham.
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