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SSL Builds Bridges at Berklee

Berklee College of Music’s new residence, rehearsal, performance and educational tower features a new SSL Duality—the school’s second—for tracking and mixing in Studio 3, also known as The Bridge.
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Boston, MA (October 29, 2014)—Berklee College of Music’s new residence, rehearsal, performance and educational tower features a new SSL Duality—the school’s second—for tracking and mixing in Studio 3, also known as The Bridge.

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Rising 16 stories above Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, the tower includes a two-story, 10-studio complex designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG). Among the largest of its kind in the United States, the facility features scoring and dubbing stages, large tracking and mixing rooms and a mastering studio, along with production suites and a multi-seat tech lab.

“Duality nicely bridges the gap between teaching on our traditional in-line analogue consoles, and our DAW controllers,” says Dan Thompson, assistant chair of music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music. “The console is an extremely interesting teaching tool because it can act as an advanced analogue console alongside comprehensive control layer for DAW-based projects. In our advanced tracking and mixdown curricula, Duality perfectly illustrates this hybrid workflow and professional paradigm.”

“We have had a great relationship with SSL over the past 20 years,” says Rob Jaczko, chairman of music production and engineering at Berklee. “Part of the mission here is to always train students on definitive professional equipment that they are going to encounter in commercial studios in New York, L.A., London, Nashville and the world. Solid State Logic is obviously one of the principal platforms we need our students to train on, and Duality is the logical choice for our advanced studies.”

Berklee purchased its first Duality in 2010, primarily for teaching advanced mix techniques. With the expanded footprint of Berklee’s production facilities, both Duality consoles are now installed in tracking rooms (Studio B and The Bridge) and service advanced recording and mix classes and projects.

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