Pannonia Gets Versatile with SSL

Pannonia Studios, formerly known as Warner Music Group's Aquarium Studios and located in Budapest, Hungary, has installed an SSL Duality SE console in Studio A.
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Budapest, Hungary (July 17, 2012)-Pannonia Studios, formerly known as Warner Music Group's Aquarium Studios and located in Budapest, Hungary, has installed an SSL Duality SE console in Studio A.

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"I bought Warner's Aquarium Studios four years ago to continue to offer a high-level recording space to musicians and performers from all walks of music in Eastern Europe," says Balazs Robert, chief engineer and owner of Pannonia Studios. "We are also attracting international stars, so when it came time to replace the aging SSL 4000 series console, Duality became the only real option as it completely addresses how musicians and producers work in this multi-media world. Duality is an investment in our future for a long time to come."

Pannonia Studios offers two control rooms, Studio A with Duality and Studio B with an AWS 900+ SE, sharing a common, orchestral-size recording room. Each control room has an associated isolation booth to maximize studio session flexibility. Duality is primarily used for mixing and recording larger tracking sessions.

The facility recently hosted sessions with jazz fusion composer and performer Al Di Meola, and pop R&B performer Jamelia.

"Pannonia features an engineer for metal and rock work, a specialist in classical recording, and I cover jazz, pop and hip hop," states Robert. "Duality excels at tracking any style of music, but mixing is the primary use for the console because it is so easy to go from one project to another with Total Recall, and it offers dynamics and VHD mic pres on every channel.

"As an example, I recorded a big band here during the day, needing Duality's channel count for the session. In the evening, one of our engineers loaded a previously recorded session, mixed it down, and the following morning, I came in to continue recording the big band, resetting the console quickly and easily. Duality is always a pleasure to work with."

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