SSL ships first South American Duality Console to Brazil

When AR Studios was looking to upgrade
Studio A, their search ended with a 48-channel, Solid State Logic Duality console the first in South
Studio owner Andre Rafael,
a respected singer/songwriter and long-time SSL user, enthuses about his new
purchase, “You can always trust SSL’s products; the sound is wonderful. We have
been booked solid since the room opened and I haven’t even had the chance to
use it for my own projects yet!”
Since opening in 1996, AR
Studios has worked with Sting, Super Furry Animals and Dionne Warwick, as well
as top Brazilian artists such as Milton Nascimento, Jo o Gilberto, Caetano
Veloso and Gilberto Gil. Many of the projects completed at AR Studios have
received both, Grammy and Latin Grammy Award, wins and nominations.
The first artist to work on
the new Duality was Manaca, a group from Rio
de Janeiro, who was recently signed to EMI Music. At
the moment, Brazilian singer and composer Chico Cesar is using the room. Both
of these sessions were engineered by Mario Caldato Jr. (Jack Johnson, Bjork, Beastie
Caldato was duly impressed
with the Duality, “The option of being able to control Pro Tools™ within the
console is genius. It has the dual function, the ‘Duality’, of being able to
work within Pro Tools™ and then being an analog console. I was able to open up
the mix on some tracks to bring them through the analog circuitry. Everything
sounded great; it was the best of both worlds!”
The ability to morph
between DAW control and analog console is one of the many innovative features
running through Duality. Rafael agrees that with this console, “We have the
best of both worlds. Just press a button and you are “inside the box;” press it
again and you are out. The console offers great DAW control and a great analog
Rafael mentions the recall
function as one of the many features of the Duality console that makes sessions
move faster at the studio. “As an in-demand studio handling a variety of
projects, the flexibility of the recall function makes it possible for us to
have different clients on the same day. If we have a recording session in the
morning and a mixing session at night, it is possible to save our recording
session EQ and faders and leave the studio for another client.”
Another feature which made
session life easier for Caldato was the Duality’s ’Split Signal Flow
Architecture,’ a new approach to signal flow that supersedes the in-line
concept and enables channel processing resources to be placed in the input or
monitor path. “The flexibility of the board is amazing. The ability to actually
control inserts as well as being able to send stuff around and have everything
calibrated was great.”
The redesign of Studio A’s
control room was spearheaded by John Storyk of WSDG. Because of the Duality’s
dual program outputs, Studio A can now accommodate 5.1 surround recording and
mixing. While most of the clientele use the facility for audio recording and
mixing, AR Studios is frequently used for movie scoring and dubbing for movies
and TV shows.
AR Studios has a
long-standing history with SSL; the facility’s previous main console was an SL
4048G+, which now resides in the equally busy Studio R. Rafael notes that the
transition between the two consoles has been easy due to the fact that,
“Everything that is great about the 4K is there in the Duality.”

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