Los Angeles, CA (May 31, 2016)—A new L.A.-based mobile recording service, Spartan Recording, features an SSL XL Desk analog console with integral 18-slot 500 format rack.
Owned and operated by Joe Costner, the mobile studio is built into a refurbished and modernized original 1951 Spartan Royal Manor trailer. “The idea is to travel, record in interesting spaces and record those experiences,” says Costner. “I was just going to build this thing for myself, take it around the country and share it with people, but as I started building it, the idea got bigger and bigger and a lot of people were pushing me to market it as a business.”
Costner purchased the XL Desk from Vintage King in Los Angeles after considering a range of analog ideas. “I took in some stems from a session I did in Nashville and tried out lots of options. I wanted to bring analog gear to bands, but in a trailer, there’s not a lot of space to haul racks of outboard gear. The fact that the XL Desk has the 18-slot 500 rack built into it made it very easy for me to incorporate 500 format gear. That was a huge plus.”
Costner currently has eight EQs in slots 1-8 and eight mic pre-amps in slots 9-16. The console comes with a stereo SSL Bus Compressor in slots 17 and 18.
“I wanted to give people a professional recording session, where you’re putting 12 mics on the drums in the same way you do in a normal recording studio,” says Costner. “The XL Desk gives me that.”
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