Jason Moore with the SSL Live L500
Orlando, FL (June 25, 2015)—Rock band Train is on the road in North America with a pair of Solid State Logic L500 consoles in tow, used at FOH and monitorworld by Jason Moore and Rob Greene, respectively.
While they’re both well-travelled engineers who’ve worked with a variety of artists and have been with the Train camp for some time, the current tour marks the first time either engineer has used the SSL Live, supplied by LMG Touring. “What sold me was a combination of its pre-amps and everyone saying ‘You’ve got to hear this console, ” said Moore. “The sound was really the number-one selling point.”
Moore has been making good use of the versatile console control surface layout and routing architecture. “Number two for me was the ability to customize fader tiles on the console. By being able to put a VCA, Stem, or Channel anywhere and using a Stems Query, it enables me to easily have all my channels arrive on the control surface,” he continues.
“The ability to lay out the console the way I want has been great,” said Greene, whose work while Train was on hiatus afforded him the opportunity to use a variety of live sound consoles. “I love being able to put the reverb for Pat [Monahan, lead singer] right next to his vocal channel. But, my favourite part of the console is the sound quality of those pre-amps.”
Even though SSL Live has a dedicated optical MADI ‘FX Loop’ for a plug-in server, Moore isn’t using plug-ins. “I decided I wanted to ‘stay in-the-box’ and see what SSL Live has to offer onboard,” Moore explains. “As I began using it, I realized I don’t need plug-ins because it’s SSL and what’s on the console works extremely well. I’m very happy with the dynamic EQ on Pat’s vocal. I can set it up as a de-esser, but it also has more EQ bands that I can use. I’m really impressed with SSL’s reverbs. It’s a great console; it sounds amazing and the workflow is excellent.”
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