Glen Cove, NY (June 28, 2007)–The Oven Studios, the private recording facility of Alicia Keys, recently installed a new SSL Duality console. The 48-channel Duality is housed in The Oven’s newly constructed mix studio and will serve as the mixer for Keys’s upcoming album.
The Duality joins an SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System installed at The Oven in 2005. Duality was the only choice for The Oven’s new mix room, says engineer Ann Mincieli, who has worked with Keys from her multiplatinum debut Songs in A Minor to the present.
“It’s a dual-function desk,” Mincieli noted about the system. “I love the fact that you get 48 channels of mic preamps and the classic SSL gates and compressors on every channel. You can also connect a mouse and monitor to it and it serves as an interface with Pro Tools. I especially love the 3rd harmonic distortion knob on every channel.”
Duality’s Variable Harmonic Drive circuitry introduces controlled distortion of either second or third harmonic, providing variable valve-type warmth or transistor-type distortion on every channel. The VHD mic preamp is featured on every channel in addition to the XL 9000 K SuperAnalogue mic pre.
Mincieli noted that prior to learning of the Duality, the Oven was to get a second AWS 900+ console. “We started the Oven with an AWS 900 and loved it,” she recalled. “When SSL was ready to unveil Duality, I thought it would be a great opportunity. Duality has a lot of the features of the AWS 900, plus all the extras that I would have in a large-format desk. Duality is where the future is going, and it’s also a ‘best-of’ console, incorporating a lot of features from many of SSL’s previous consoles.”
SSL senior vice president, Don Wershba stated, “We are exceptionally pleased that Oven Studios has chosen SSL’s Duality to complement their AWS 900. We are proud of our continued association with Alicia Keys and Ann Mincieli and appreciate their desire to maintain the highest production standards. Oven Studios joins the growing list of Duality-equipped studios in the U.S. and abroad.”
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