Bethlehem, PA (May 8, 2006)–StarCity Recording Company has expanded its recording studios by bringing in a custom-designed SSL Axiom MT Plus Digital Multitrack Console.
SSL Axiom MT The MT Plus is a digital audio console designed specifically for multitrack recording, overdub, and mixing applications. After extensive research, Jeff Glixman, executive vice president of StarCity, was convinced that the MT Plus was the perfect solution for StarCity’s Studio B.
“We have a specific set of needs for our ‘B’ room, the foremost being that I wanted an upgrade that will make it the equal of our ‘A’ room, which is equipped with a XL 9000K,” said Glixman. “I also wanted a maximum number of channel paths in a smaller footprint and the ability to move quickly between songs, artists, post or music projects, etc. A digital console became the obvious choice, with audio quality and ergonomics at the top of the list. I have great faith in my ears and I am thrilled with the way this MT sounds. I spent months looking at console options and the more involved I became with the MT, the more I loved it. The MT Plus is completely compatible with the SSL XL 9000 K in Studio A. And the ability to switch from Studio A to B without missing a beat is invaluable.”
The console has analog and digital I/O capability and the room is set up with patch-bays that allow routing compatible with the 9000 K. According to Glixman, StarCity has revamped the control room acoustics creating a heavily trapped room with a more linear, tighter bass response. The monitoring system has been upgraded to a full time, four-way system with 18-inch subwoofers. The outboard gear selection includes the usual classic pieces, Lexicon reverb, and modern gear one would expect in a high-end room. Additionally there are more than 24 channels of class A mic pre/EQ available for ‘direct to storage’ recording.
The MT Plus has an internal router, sending any source to any number of destinations. All input signals are arranged in groups by type and labeled. There are 96 channel paths, 48 multi-track buses that can feed to recorders or generate FX sends, and 192 available mix paths.
Glixman traveled to Europe to “test drive” the MT, previously privately owned by producer Mutt Lange, who used the console recording Shania Twain’s recent double album. “The EQ sounds incredible, the compressors do everything I want them to do and the flexibility of this desk is just amazing,” Glixman said. “I’m knocked out with the sound of it.”
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