Oxford, UK (April 25, 2011)–UK producer and engineer Luke Smith has installed an SSL Matrix console at his north London studio.
“Before installing Matrix, I worked largely in the box, and while that was fine, I found some aspects cumbersome and time consuming. Now tracking is a breeze, cue mixes set with no fuss and latency is irrelevant,” says Smith, who has worked with Depeche Mode, Slow Club and Foals. His production skills have also been called upon to remix the likes of La Roux, Frans Ferdinand and The Prodigy, amongst others.
“I use lots of different DAWs and can flip between them–instantly switching between Pro Tools, Ableton and Logic–or I can turn all the faders and pots into MIDI controllers. It’s also possible to run additional DAWs concurrently on different machines and control them all from Matrix, which is pretty awesome,” he continues.
“I have a lot of outboard that I use for tracking, but it wasn’t fully utilized in mixing because you’d have to print everything back in to check phase alignment and so on. With Matrix, you can have your outboard inline and automate both pre [DAW] and post [Matrix]. This is extremely useful with input-dependent compressors, for example, and really brings mixes to life. Add to that the flexible, digitally controlled patchbay, which makes setting up and using effects extremely efficient; now I can audition different chains of outboard with two clicks, which is great.”
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