Ellison Flies with XL-Desk

Flying Lotus, the musician, producer and rapper otherwise known as Steven Ellison, has installed an SSL XL-Desk in his personal studio.
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Los Angeles, CA (May 27, 2015)—Flying Lotus, the musician, producer and rapper otherwise known as Steven Ellison, has installed an SSL XL-Desk in his personal studio.

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“Before I got the XL-Desk, my biggest issue was always how to make my music more dynamic, with even more space in the sound and defined bass—how to widen the 3D field,” confides Ellison. “That’s something I’ve been battling. I’ve wanted the analog warmth for so long, and I’ve always wanted the analog depth. I wanted to see how far I could take it. When I hear my music through the XL-Desk, it has a natural sound to it, it sounds real. Once you actually hear your music through the console, you get addicted to it. There’s so much more room now. It makes me feel the openness.”

Hip-hop producer Daddy Kev, who himself owns an XL-Desk, and legendary producer Dr. Dre nurtured Ellison’s love of SSL’s sound. “As a producer, Dre was the guy I looked to. He was like my hero growing up,” Ellison says. “It’s funny—I had dinner with him once, and I asked him, ‘Do you still use a mixing desk?’ He said, ‘Oh yeah, always.’ I told him I had never used one, he looked at me like I was crazy: ‘Never?’ That was a turning point—ever since then, I’ve become really fascinated with them. It’s how I take my sound to the next level.”

Ellison has equipped the 18-slot 500 format rack, a standard feature of the XL-Desk, with SSL’s classic E-Series console channel EQs and the Stereo Bus Compressor. “It’s just blown me away,” he says. “I can run these analog 500-format modules and I’ve been able to get really creative with patching in a way that I never thought I would.”

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