Castlesound Upgrades SSL AWS

Castlesound Studios in Scotland, which specializes in acoustic music as well as music film, TV, radio and advertising, has installed an SSL AWS 948 hybrid console/controller.
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Pencaitland, Scotland (July 20, 2012)—Castlesound Studios in Scotland, which specializes in acoustic music as well as music film, TV, radio and advertising, has installed an SSL AWS 948 hybrid console/controller.

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The new console was recently used to complete music tracks featuring Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis for the soundtrack for the new Pixar feature Brave. Replacing an original AWS 900, the AWS 948 provides Castlesound with an expanded channel count and new features to adequately handle larger productions.

"As our business has progressed, we felt the need to get a console with a greater number of channels to handle larger projects," says Stuart Hamilton, owner of Castlesound Studios. "The AWS 948 builds on the successful tradition established with our AWS 900 of recording acoustic music for jazz, Scottish traditional, rock and pop artists. We have been producing an increasing amount of music for film as well.

"The reason for the upgrade was that the original AWS had 24 mono channels, and the new one has 24 stereo channels, which makes the integration with Pro Tools incredibly slick and seamless. With the 948, I don't have to make any channel count compromises, and that makes the entire job more clear cut."

Castlesound Studios is housed in a 200-year old Victorian-era primary school. Converted into a studio in 1973, with the emphasis on capturing acoustic music performances, the Castle Studio room handles up to 20 musicians, allowing Castlesound to capture a big band or add in a full string section to a project. The smaller Slate Studio room features a black slate floor to achieve a completely different acoustic signature. Both rooms are tied to the AWS 948.

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