New York, NY (July 23, 2012)-Arranger, composer, musical director and producer Angel Fernandez has upgraded his Queens, NY-based Missing Lynx project recording studio with an SSL X-Desk.
Fernandez is a long-time musical director for Grammy-winning Latin American superstar (and occasional actor) Marc Anthony. Most recently, Fernandez worked with Anthony and Jennifer Lopez on the high-profile Q'Viva! The Chosen televised show in Las Vegas.
"I worked with producer Steve Lillywhite quite a few times. He always used SSL to mix, and, on the sessions I was involved in, to track as well. I heard a definite sound, which was explained to me in part by producer Nick Launay, who engineered some projects for Lillywhite, when he demonstrated the use of the SSL compressor for sidechaining. He played me a drum track, which he used as the trigger for the horn section sidechain, and said, 'Do you recognize the sound? It's what Earth, Wind & Fire use to get that tight groove going.'"
His quest to achieve that same quality of sound led him to the X-Desk. "The main goal in switching my console for the X-Desk was to enhance the sound in the final product. Before the X-Desk, I'd bounce the mixes within my Pro Tools|HD system. The combination of being able to take advantage of the full capability of the DAW I/O together with the SuperAnalogue summing in the X-Desk has resulted in much clearer mixes."
On a recent LD & Johni project, "We'd been racking our brains trying to mix it to no avail. But once we went with the new setup based around the X-Desk, we instantly heard the wider spectrum, pop and clarity in the mixes that we'd been striving for. Without any tweaking at all, we'd hit the warm SSL sound."
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