Palma, Mallorca (March 29, 2018)—Palma Music Studios, a new ground-up commercial facility on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, features a range of flexible production spaces including the Quincy control room outfitted with a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality δelta SuperAnalogue console.
The studio is a joint project between Swedish producer/songwriter Fredrik Thomander and his friend, musician, gearhead, and EasyJet chief executive, Johan Lundgren. After buying a plot of bare land, the pair set about designing the new studio and broke ground in January 2017. Nick Whitaker was the acoustic consultant on the project and Paul Ward of Oxford Studio Systems was brought in for wiring and infrastructure.
The building has eight floating zones and the creative spaces span three floors, starting with three project rooms, a vocal booth and a larger production studio at the basement level. The ground floor has the Quincy Room as well as the Wonder Room live space, with the advantages of street-level load-in and an eight-meter (26-ft.) ceiling height, a vocal booth and amp booth.
Above the booth spaces is a balcony/hospitality area for the Wonder Room. The third floor has the Winehouse Room—a 5.1 studio for post production services—along with the lounge and kitchen area. A rooftop terrace is also wired for sound.
The SSL Duality δelta consoles started life as a 24-channel frame, owned by Lundgren. For the Palma Studios development, Thomander has added another 24 channels: "We can now mic everything here, bring outboard effects back into the console, stems from Pro Tools, and we don't run out of channels. We have everything in the studio miked up and ready to go, or we can flip and have a clean desk with all channels—one to 48—for mixing."
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Thomander had spent a long time working in-the-box before realizing the advantages of the SSL hybrid approach and bringing his own DAW workflow to the console, he says. "I sold my old Amek Angela desk in 1999 and have spent the last 20 years working in the box. I'm getting into the SSL now, bringing all my workflows with me, and it's proven to be fantastic.”
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