Chicago, IL (November 14, 2008)–Chicago public radio station WBEZ recently replaced an aging digital console in its music performance studio with a Solid State Logic AWS 900+, the first radio application for the analogue workstation system.
The AWS provides integrated control of the Digidesign Pro Tools|HD system at WBEZ, which is nationally known for producing the hit shows This American Life and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.
“Eight years ago, we built a large live performance studio and put in a digital console, believing at the time that everything analogue was dying,” says Mary Gaffney, audio supervisor for WBEZ. “In time, we experienced reliability problems and trouble with finding parts for the console, so when service became a big issue, we decided to look for a new platform. Because of budget constraints, we needed a mid-priced console and were pleasantly surprised to discover SSL’s AWS 900+. I come from 20 years of using analogue, so the SSL name caught our attention, and at the same time, the AWS fit our need to work with our Pro Tools system. The AWS was the perfect match, giving us excellent sound quality, reliable service and close integration with Pro Tools.”
WBEZ is a full service station with four production rooms, two news and/or production rooms, an on air studio, 10 editing booths and the large performance studio. The AWS room is used for live and captured music production, political debates, theater presentations and any program that requires a larger or higher end production quality environment. The console was purchased from GC Pro Chicago’s Dan Scalpone.
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