SSL Gets Down to Busyness

Sascha “Busy“ Bühren, co-owner and chief engineer of German recording studio TrueBusyness, has installed a 48-input SSL AWS 948 in a new recording/mix studio.
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Berlin, Germany (February 27, 2015)—Sascha “Busy“ Bühren, co-owner and chief engineer of German recording studio TrueBusyness, has installed a 48-input SSL AWS 948 in a new recording/mix studio.

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Bühren, who owns TrueBusyness with his wife, Laura, is a longtime DJ, his nickname inspired by his days as a “battle DJ” in events such as Disco Mix Club’s World DJ Championship. He established a production company more than 20 years ago, soon after his first major label release, and has served as producer and mix engineer for dozens of German hip-hop artists. Last year, the couple expanded TrueBusyness by an additional 190 sq. meters into a neighboring studio and built a comprehensive new recording/mix studio.

“We knew the rooms, their sound and the vibe,” Sascha says. “It was the perfect match to blend with our mastering house. After that, choosing a console was easy. From the time I started as an audio professional, I wanted to own an SSL console; there could be no compromise. The AWS is the perfect pairing of a great-sounding console in a well-treated control room.”

“Now, I can work in-the-box outside,” he says, “which gives any digital production a 100 percent analogue feel.” Sonically, he felt that using it beat his previous methodology of combining a digital audio workstation with a summing mixer. “Summing on a real console with 48 channels totally blew me away,” he says. “You cannot compare it to the old method—I just don’t want to go back, period.”

The studio also offers an SSL X-Rack stocked with E and K Series EQ and dynamics modules.

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