Studio Looks Sharp with SSL

The oldest independent recording facility in Sydney, A Sharp Recording Studios, has installed an SSL AWS 948 console as part of a comprehensive upgrade and redesign.
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Sydney, Australia (February 5, 2015)—The oldest independent recording facility in Sydney, A Sharp Recording Studios, has installed an SSL AWS 948 console as part of a comprehensive upgrade and redesign.

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Richard Lake, an engineer and musician who bought the facility in 2014, says the renovation of the studio, which opened in the late 1960s, was intended to create an environment in which artists could achieve the best possible results. To that end, “We hired some of the best people in the Australian industry to redesign the studio’s architectural, acoustic and technical aspects,” he says. “With a sophisticated, ergonomic workflow in mind, we chose the AWS 948. Because of the console’s reliability, reputation and ease-of-use, we knew it was the only way forward within our chosen workflow.”

Lake uses the AWS, which replaced an aging console, with his Avid Pro Tools|HDX system. “We particularly like the integration of Pro Tools via the dual-layer notion of controlling the analogue source and Pro Tools source via simple selection,” he continues. “This saves quite a bit of time, especially when writing automation into Pro Tools on the fly, or navigating and editing complicated mixes consisting of many audio stems. It is also useful to be able to instantiate and control plug-ins via the console center section, allowing a more natural and precise approach.”

The AWS, he adds, also allows integration and routing of A Sharp’s outboard equipment (the studio also boasts an SSL XLogic X-Rack loaded with eight E Series dynamic modules), and its comprehensive monitoring section controls multiple loudspeakers and monitoring.

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