Oxford, UK (June 29, 2011)–Songwriter and producer Troy “Radio” Johnson has installed a Solid State Logic X-Desk and X-Rack in his home studio.
Radio grew up in the recording studio–and when that studio was used by the likes of Sly Stone and Quincy Jones, he was certain to pick up a production trick or two along the way. No wonder that Radio was producing tracks on a 4-track before his eighth birthday. These days, Radio is used to mixing on larger SSL consoles, but during the production of “Until It Beats No More” for Jennifer Lopez, a track co-penned by Johnson, SSL’s X-Desk and X-Rack enabled him to produce the final mix from his home studio.
“We originally wrote the song for Leona Lewis, but she didn’t go for it, so my manager played the song to J-Lo’s people and they liked it. I wasn’t there for the recording because Kuk Harrell took care of the vocal production, but when I heard her performance, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she killed it;’ she was great!” Radio was asked to make some changes, and then to mix the track on the studio’s G Series SSL.
But when he was asked to make additional changes, the studio was booked. “My first thought was, ‘it’s a good thing I have my X-Desk and X-Rack here, ‘cos I can pull up these channels and change things and still get the same analog quality that I would get at the studio.’ For me, it was the perfect opportunity to utilize this whole set up that I have. And it came out great. I wasn’t sure if they thought that this might still be a demo mix, and then they sent it off for mastering. So I guess I finished the final mix at my house on the X-Desk.”
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