Rory Kaplan Upgrades Studio with SSL Gear

Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2007)—Rory Kaplan, whose résumé includes surround-sound remixes, songwriting, and consulting for the film and music industries, has upgraded his personal studio with several Solid State Logic products.
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Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2007)—Rory Kaplan, whose résumé includes surround-sound remixes, songwriting, and consulting for the film and music industries, has upgraded his personal studio with several Solid State Logic products.

Kaplan’s studio is now based around an AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System. In addition, he has equipped his studio with two XLogic Alpha-Link AX converters in conjunction with two Mixpander 64-channel PCI audio interface cards; two XLogic X-Rack modular rack systems stocked with Four Channel Input Modules (60 channels total); and an XLogic Multichannel Compressor. Kaplan acquired the entire package through GC Pro, the professional division of Guitar Center. GC Pro worked with Kaplan to design a system that suited his needs and provided the integration required to accomplish his goals.

Kaplan chose the AWS 900+ to replace a small-format digital console in his studio, which features a wealth of vintage synthesizers and outboard equipment. “I couldn’t get my digital console to do what I wanted it to,” he recalls. “I wanted a sound that was real with no compromise, and the AWS 900+ was a no-brainer. Nothing sounds as good as those 24 channels on the AWS 900+. I plug my Minimoog synthesizer into the AWS 900+ and think, ‘That’s the sound I know.’ To me, there’s nothing better than the SSL AWS 900+.”

The Multichannel Compressor is also an important component, says Kaplan. “That will be great for my 5.1 projects,” he says. “And the two Alpha-Link converters and Mixpanders provide 48 channels of audio out of a customized PC Audio Labs Intel Dual Quad Core computer to the AWS 900+. I look forward to using all my new SSL gear.”

Before his personal studio was completed, Kaplan employed the AWS 900+ to record cues for the upcoming Rick James biopic, Super Freak. “I had just received the AWS 900+,” he explains. “None of the cabling had begun, and I got a call from David asking if I could write some cues for the film.

“I had just gotten Pro Tools M-Powered for my Mac Pro Intel Dual Core 2 laptop along with a Firewire interface,” Kaplan continues, “and connected the mix outs of the AWS 900+. I took all the outputs of my synthesizer modules and plugged them directly into the board, wrote the cues, then put a click track at the beginning of the final cue and recorded it using no effects other than the onboard dynamics and the best stereo compressor, all in the console! The AWS 900+ just sounded wonderful. Without even having my system fully up and running, I was able to get one of the best sounding cues I’ve ever done.”

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