Truro, U.K. (May 14, 2021)—Cube Recording Studio, located in England, launched a new room at the beginning of the year, constructed during the pandemic, outfitted with a 32-channel Solid State Logic Origin analog in-line mixing console.
Studio owner Gareth Young become an established songwriter in his late teens and moved into his present studio location in 1997. He has been operating the facility for the past eight years with Ross Rothero-Bourge, a recording and live sound engineer and a former touring and session drummer. Cube Recording’s songwriting and production credits include projects for Sugababes, All Saints and Danni Minogue, library music companies De Wolfe Music in the U.K. and Australia’s Mushroom Group, and advertising projects for brands such as Discovery Channel, Nike and Pepsi.
Young has already put the desk through its paces in the short time it has been installed. “We really love the Pure Drive mic pres,” he says. There are other brands of mic preamps in the racks for visiting producers, he says, “But I love the SSL sound and the Pure Drive adds a subtle but definite vibe, particularly on drums and bass, we’ve found.”
As for the Origin’s EQ section, “It takes me back to the E/G series and is aggressive but sweet,” says Young, who had previously installed an 80-input SSL G+ at Cube Recording, later replacing it with an SSL AWS 900. “It has the classic SSL sound you’d expect. Filters-wise, we tend to use the high-pass and it does exactly what’s you hope in reducing clutter in the low end.”
Cube Recording’s new Origin incorporates an SSL UF8 studio controller in the center section, supporting the hybrid DAW-based workflow to which the pair had become accustomed on the AWS 900. “If there is any automation then we can ride it,” he says. Studio B’s outboard racks also house a new SSL Fusion analog processor.
Ultimately, Studio B will be more of a mix room, says Young, while Studio A, with its attached large live room, will be used more for tracking. “But we can record anywhere in the building from here in Studio B. The ideal scenario—and we’ve done it already—is to run two sessions at once with two bands, so we can double up on clients.” Recent clients have included The xx and former Kasabian lead singer Tom Meighan.
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