Montreal, Canada (April 21, 2006)–Studios Piccolo has enjoyed a surge in session activity since the installation of a SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System in Studio C.
“It’s a big step up for that control room,” said Studios Piccolo co-owner Denis Savage, who also serves as the sound designer and front of house engineer for Celine Dion’s long-running show, A New Day, in Las Vegas. “To me, it was a simple decision: either I get a DAW controller for roughly the same price, or I get an extra 24 channels of SSL analog processing. The AWS 900 is like having a mini SSL console plus a DAW control surface, all in one. “After a trial period in Las Vegas, my mind was quickly set: this board was designed for us.”
Artists in the AWS 900-equipped Studio C, designed by Montreal-based architectural firm Bosses Design, have included Celine Dion, Roch Voisine, Garou and Amélie Veille, along with clients such as Sony/BMG, Warner Music, Universal Music and Cisco Systems. In addition, many producers and engineers working in Studio C have testified to the AWS 900’s superior attributes. “Welcome to the new way of mixing,” remarked François Eric Lalonde. The AWS 900, added Ghyslain Luc Lavigne, is “the best of both worlds. Switching from analog to digital so quickly is amazing.”
Many of Studios Piccolo’s clients are using Logic as well as Pro Tools and other DAW platforms, Savage reported, so the AWS 900’s compatibility with various professional recording systems was important. “It’s the only analog console that is also a controller for Pro Tools and Logic and Digital Performer, so it allows us to switch from one platform to the other while always having the 24×8 analog console,” he explained. “That was a major plus, because a lot of producers are using Logic these days.”
The AWS 900’s monitoring section was also important, said Savage. “It is a full monitoring console, like a larger SSL. It’s something you don’t find on anything else. We have a booth in that studio, so the AWS 900 allows us to track in there as well-we’ve done drums that sound really great.”
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