Oxford, UK (October 5, 2006)–UK production duo and electronic artists The Chemical Brothers have chosen to upgrade to the SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System for their private studio in Sussex, England.
The Chemical Brothers have upgraded to the SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System for their private studio in Sussex, England. Pictured at the AWS 900 are Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers (left) and Nick Clarke of Tech Nick Clarke Ltd., who installed the console. Designed by Recording Architecture, the studio was originally equipped with a small Mackie console and contains a generous stock of vintage synthesizers and outboard equipment. Nick Clarke, of Tech Nick Clarke Ltd., installed the new console, which is proving to be a big hit with Tom Rowlands (who, along with Ed Simons, are The Chemical Brothers) and engineer Steve Dubbs.
“We are really enjoying using the AWS 900,” said Rowlands. “It’s a great desk because it gives us all the features of a high-end console at a reasonable price. Also, importantly for us, it has a small footprint. It’s perfect for musicians and producers who want to get a high-end sound in a private studio. We love the EQ, mic preamps and dynamics, and think the whole feel of the faders and pots are great.”
Clarke added that various console options were considered before Rowlands decided on the AWS 900. “Tom was keen to upgrade his old console and came to me for advice,” he recalled, “but with virtually all the desks we considered, the limiting factor was the need to install a separate machine room and air conditioning.”
Rowlands added, “The AWS 900 has proved to be the perfect desk for us because there are no special power or AC requirements. The size is perfect for our space and the fantastic sound is what we are used to from using SSL’s other desks and outboard equipment.”
Clarke also installed an integral patchbay tie-lined to the studio’s overdub booth and custom made speaker stands to accommodate Rowlands’ nearfield monitors, which were too large to sit on top of the console.
“The combination of clever wiring and a very compact and versatile desk has proved a winning formula,” Clarke added. “Everyone is delighted with the result, especially as it has meant that Tom has avoided the hassle and disruption of major building work.”
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