Bristol, UK (December 20, 2012)—Mixer, producer and seasoned SSL user Bruno Ellingham has installed an X-Desk, X-Logic G Series compressor, X-Panda summing system and Alpha-Link I/O system in his mix room within Massive Attack’s Bristol-based studio complex.
Ellingham recently gave Massive Attack’s seminal Blue Lines album a contemporary mixing makeover. All but two tracks from “Blue Lines” were originally mixed on a large-format SSL console in London’s long-gone Matrix Studios, so Ellingham turned to SSL again for the new project. “The new SSL technology enabled me to easily match the large-format console size of sound that we wanted,” he said.
His move to Massive Attack’s studio complex came at the suggestion of Tim Goldsworthy, with whom he worked on the last Goldfrapp record. “My move happened to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the album, and a suggestion came up to try and do a new mix,” said Ellingham. “At which point, I seized upon the idea that maybe it would be an interesting experiment to see if it could be done with a more DAW-centric approach, considering the fact that it was originally mixed on a large-format SSL.”
Ellingham started with a set of SSL Duende Native plug-ins running in Pro Tools: “Whilst I could match the sound of the Blue Lines mixes, I couldn’t match the shape or size of them; I couldn’t get them as deep or as expansive as the original mixes were. I got the X-Desk and an X-Panda, so that I’d have 20 faders available to me for whatever scenario, plus some SSL Alpha-Link audio interfaces, which weren’t something I’d ever come across before,” Bruno confessed. “But when I plugged in the audio interfaces and summed my mixes through the X-Desk, suddenly I was able to get that size, depth, and breadth that I’d been missing. The X-Desk also has a very good, fast transient response, so you can make things very punchy. It really does have that SSL sound.”
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