Oxford, U.K. (May 2, 2011)--The Sanctuary Recording Studio partners David McEwan and Eric Appapoulay recently installed an SSL X-Desk in their London-based facility.
In partnership since 2006, McEwan and Appapoulay co-produced many of the tracks on Plan B's award-winning album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, and will soon start work on its follow up. Both are also regular collaborators with Nitin Sawhney, and helped mix the soundtrack to the BBC's Human Planet series.
"We spend a lot of time 'in-the-box' just staring at a screen, so when I saw SSL's X-Desk I thought, 'That's it.' I took one look at X-Desk and straight away it looked like the answer to all the problems we'd been having," says McEwan.
"Sure, we have a great tracking desk but I really needed something in front of me, right there in the center position--a solution that wasn't enormous, that I could bring up multiple outputs, do talkback, effect sends, stereo cue sends. And that's where X-Desk fits in to The Sanctuary Recording Studio. It's now installed right there in front of me."
He continues, "What I like about X-Desk is the really clean sound. Now I can bring all my outboard straight into the mix insert path, which is really what I need to have. Plus for tracking I can bring the mic pres that I already own in to play. So X-Desk offers me a very clean signal path and a way of getting my external pres on a fader and into monitors or headphones. It's also a great way of summing and it does the job really, really well."
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