Tuscany, Italy (November 12, 2020)—Italian producer/remixer Gianni Bini, owner of Viareggio-based recording studio House of Glass in Tuscany and one of the prime movers behind the Ocean Trax record label, has replaced a 10-year-old Solid State Logic Duality with a new System T.
The original House of Glass was destroyed in the tragic Viareggio railway disaster in 2009 and, as part of the rebuilding process, Bini decided to place a SSL Duality console at the new studio’s heart. A decade on, it became time to replace it and he found himself on the verge of signing a deal for a different brand.
“I really wanted to stay analogue and I was about sign the deal for a new analogue console when two things happened,” he says. “The first thing is that at the end of last year, I signed a huge contract for 100 albums to be produced in the next five years. And the only way to produce 100 albums in five years, is to record it live. I needed something that was going to be able to do that and manage the throughput.
“The second thing was that I heard System T,” he continues. “This console is closer to the SSL 4000 than the Duality is. I don’t know what they did, because this is a computer, but they did it. I wanted some input from people that I trust—and I expected them to come in and say, ‘No, no no, digital is no good, don’t buy it’—but they came in, listened to it, and they said, ‘Wow, this is fantastic, the sound is brilliant.’ The word they used was ‘stellar.’”
The new installation at the House of Glass consists of a 64-channel SSL System T S500 surface, Tempest Engines and Network I/O AoIP stage boxes, featuring SSL’s SuperAnalogue mic pre technology.
Bini has found that the System T has come in handy has he tackles the mammoth 100-album project. “I did 10 albums in two and a half months because the console let me do it,” he says. “I do a set up and I can save it, and when the next band comes, if I use the same mics, then it’s already saved. The gains are already done, the workflow is already done…it’s very quick.”
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