New York, NY (April 1, 2020)—Producer Angelo “Doc” Velasquez and his partner producer/engineer Pat Kelly have opened Invite Only, a new studio in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, anchored by Solid State Logic’s Duality Delta and AWS 948 Delta consoles.
Velasquez and Kelly’s vision for the space included three studios, each featuring a control room and live room or booth. Horacio Malvicino, managing director of Malvicino Design Group, was brought on board to design and install each studio.
For Studio A, the team sought the best console on the market and proceeded to acquire a 48-channel SSL Duality Delta. “We kept an open mind and listened to a lot of different consoles,” says Kelly. “The Duality just sounded and felt the best throughout.”
“We love the clarity that SSL brings, especially for the kinds of artists and producers we’re working with,” Kelly says. “It gives things just the right amount of color, unlike a lot of other consoles we tried which we found a bit overbearing in their coloration,” Kelly says.
He also noted the ability to dial in more analog character with the Duality Delta’s Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) preamp circuit if desired. “If we want to really push things and add that warmth, we can do it very easily, but we can take it off just as easily,” he adds.
The AWS 948 Delta console from Velasquez and Kelly’s previous studio found its home in Studio C, which features a stereo mix environment and eschews a live room in favor of a vocal booth. “The C room is targeted towards pre-production and stereo mixing,” says Kelly. “It’s a place where you can go to get ideas down. We do a lot of original music for commercials and things like that and the AWS 948 Delta is perfect for it.”
According to Velasquez, “A lot of people are surprised that we have an SSL in our Studio C room. You can’t walk into too many studios in New York and see a 48-channel SSL console in the C room. It makes an impression.”
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