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SSL selected for Abbey Road Studio 52

An SSL Duality SE console has been installed into Abbey Road’s new production/mix room Studio 52 for traditional client-attended sessions and the facility’s new Online Mixing Service.

Legendary studio facility Abbey Road celebrates its 80th year of providing recording and post-production for the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Oasis, with a new state-of-the-art mixing and production facility Studio 52 which boasts a new SSL Duality SE console. 
As well as regular recording sessions, the Duality console will assist with the additional workload from Abbey Road’s new Online Mixing Service, which was recently introduced due to the huge success of the studios’ Online Mastering Service. “When we decided to open a new mixing and production facility, the engineers were adamant that they wanted an SSL Duality,” says Mirek Stiles, head of audio products for Abbey Road Studios. “It’s a fantastic console, and lends a hand to projects with no compromise. I have come to the conclusion that Duality is the most compact and versatile large-format console for the modern studio.” Among the most famous and innovative recording complexes in the world, Abbey Road has been at the heart of the UK music scene since 1931. It has hosted many landmark recordings, and over the last ten years has introduced audio plug-ins and hardware reissues of legendary EMI recording equipment, sampled software instruments and its groundbreaking Online Mastering Service Continuing its innovative tradition, the new Online Mixing Service allows clients to book mix sessions online and upload pre-recorded files to the Abbey Road website. Because of Duality’s ease-of-use and DAW control, Stiles believes it will be a valuable tool to the new service, and will help generate the additional professional sonic edge that many people struggle to achieve in their own project studios. “A lot of projects these days tend to be mixed ‘in the box,’ but we strongly believe that breaking a multi-track DAW project out over an analogue desk like Duality really opens up the sound of a mix,” he insists.