Jay Huang, studio manager, Mayday StudioTaipei, Taiwan (March 21, 2011)–Taiwanese Mandopop group Mayday recently installed an SSL AWS 900+ SE at its private recording facility, Mayday Studio.
“We recently installed the AWS at our studio and everyone from Mayday’s five group members to other artists, producers and engineers have been amazed by the sound of the console,” says Jay Huang, record and mix engineer for Mayday Studio. “We used to work in-the-box through a dedicated controller for our Pro Tools system and we would always spend a lot of time trying to fine-tune the tone and sonic imaging of each track. When we first ran audio through the AWS the sound quality was excellent right from the start. The console gave us the ability to craft sound rather than fix sound as with the controller.”
Mayday enjoys popularity in traditional Mandopop countries, including China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan, as well as in Western Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. Mayday has won Best Band three times at the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan. As its performance schedule gets busier, Mayday Studio acts as both a creative record/mix haven for the group and rehearsal studio for concert tours.
According to Huang, the SSL SuperAnalogue signal path presented a depth of sound the band had never heard in the past. “With the advent of the AWS, creative time is more focused on the music and not on the technology, so the console, in essence, has become a creative tool,” says Huang. “We now find sessions are easier to run because the Total Recall automation allows us to get back to the settings of a mix quickly and easily. The console also lets us incorporate our outboard gear efficiently. It seems that the console is extremely well-conceived on all levels, matching the pure sound quality.”
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