York, PA (May 21, 2014)—Multi-platinum band Live’s Think Loud Studios in its hometown of York, PA, now features a 48-channel SSL Duality analogue console/controller.
“Part of the Live ‘signature sound’ is the sound of SSL,” says guitarist Chad Taylor, noting that Tom Lord-Alge, who has mixed the majority of the band’s recordings, works exclusively on an SSL 4000 G Series console. After Taylor and Lord-Alge spent a day evaluating Duality, the decision was easy. “There’s a convenience factor and a history of the SSL that exists through Duality. In the studio, I’m predominantly focused on the performance of the musicians and the arrangement of the song, and less on the technical aspect of the engineering. I found that those worlds got married very conveniently through the Duality.”
“My immediate reaction was that there’s a dimension and a spatial factor to the Duality,” says bassist Patrick Dahlheimer of SSL’s SuperAnalogue sound. “Perceptively, it was really very clear. There’s definitely a punch and a clarity, especially to the drum tracks. One of the other qualities is the bus compressor. Once you are in it, there’s cohesiveness to the songs that jumps out.”
“It has a front-end signature, in particular with the mic pres and the EQs, that really plays into that soundscape,” says Dahlheimer. “That definitely helps our creative process.”
Known for albums including Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi and The Distance to Here, the members of Live have returned to the community in which they grew up and launched the studio. Think Loud Studios, designed by Horacio Malvicino, also serves the artists on the band’s record label, Think Loud Entertainment, and friends of the group, including Everclear.
The vaulted ceilings and abundant natural light of the 53,000-square-foot building’s fourth floor made it a natural setting for Think Loud, which was designed by Horacio Malvicino, says bassist Patrick Dahlheimer. “This is inspirational,” he remembers thinking. “This is going to be the studio that we always wanted to build and is driven to be songwriter and musician friendly.”
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