London, UK (May 5, 2010)--UK-based producer and engineer James Loughrey recently adopted SSL's X-Desk SuperAnalogue mixer and X-Rack modular rack system for his home setup.
Loughrey has worked with a large and diverse roster of artists since moving to London from his native South Africa. "I came here after realizing two things. Firstly, it's the music hub of the world. Second, I could work with great bands and producers," he says.
Loughrey has achieved those goals, having recorded and mixed at Metropolis, Eden and Britannia Row studios, and worked with such artists as Page and Plant, Bjork, My Vitriol, Sugababes and Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan.
"After working in large studios all my life, I found my home setup missed a bit of the sound I was used to," admits James. "But summing my Pro Tools through the X-Desk gives me back the SSL sound without having to buy a large console."
"I love that X-Desk has a tiny footprint but does so much," he continues. "I recently connected it [via the X-Rack] to an SSL Stereo Bus Compressor, which I can put in and out of the mix really easily with the insert button. I also really like the monitor section as I tend to mix back in to Pro Tools and monitor from there, which is what I would do at any studio."
X-Desk and X-Rack have quickly become the hub of James' studio. He's already used them on a number of projects, including the film Lives of the Artist and an EP for a new band called The Northwestern.
He has also had the chance to compare the results directly with a big studio sound. "I had to remix a track I had previously mixed at the Cutting Room in New York with a band I produced called Hana-b on their J-Series console," he says. "And the X-Desk version sounds just as good."
Solid State Logic