The Netherlands (May 16, 2017)—Nicky Romero, the professional alter-ego of Nick Rotteveel, Dutch electronic dance music producer, DJ and label owner, recently upgraded his production facilities at Protocol Studios, incorporating an SSL AWS 948 Delta hybrid console at its heart.
The Protocol Studios facility includes the Nicky Romero Studio (Studio 1), a large EDM production space where Romero works on productions 'in the box' before moving stems onto the AWS studio. The main recording and mix space includes a large live recording room with permanent grand piano, drum kit and a variety of guitars. The control room has several monitoring options, a good selection of choice outboard, and the new AWS 948 Delta, supplied, installed and supported by Joystick Audio.
There is also a fully specified multi-position live radio production studio with a variety of radio processing options. From here, Romero produces the Protocol Radio series, and programmes for domestic and international broadcasters. There are also two identical 'writer' studios for invited artists and producers, plus offices and a boardroom for Protocol management.
The choice of the SSL AWS console was initially driven by Romero's previous commercial studio experience with the SSL Duality console. Romero realized that his own needs, and available space, at Protocol were not the same as a larger-scale commercial studio. Joystick Audio was on hand to recommend the AWS.
"They really helped me with the decision," says Romero. "They pointed out that the AWS shares a lot of technology with the Duality, and the dual path input channel of the 948 means that every channel can be a stereo channel, which makes mixing dance tracks really easy. And it still has the SSL sound and the SSL looks."
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