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Damien Gerard is first Australian studio to install SSL Origin

Damien Gerard is first Australian studio to install SSL Origin

Damien Gerard is first Australian studio to install SSL Origin


The first SSL Origin console in the country has been installed into Damien Gerard Studios following its relocation to West Gosford in New South Wales. The console was supplied by SSL distributor, Amber Technology.

“Once we had completed the move into the new larger facility, the old Soundcraft 2400 series console was our weak link compared to the quality we had elsewhere in our outboard and mic inventory, which had upgraded considerably with the move,” explained studio manager, Marshall Cullen. “My new business partner Jason Stenning and I began looking at vintage consoles that might be available, but the economics of it didn’t stack up.”

The choice proved a good one; since the studio reopened, it’s been busy with tracking, mixing and mastering, as well as hosting solo artists and voiceover sessions. The live room – which can accommodate 20 or more musicians – has also handled livestreaming sessions and live recording and filming for postproduction work.

“Having the workflow of the console with 64 faders in front of you, the split paths and being able to fly different ins and outs where it’s needed has really helped those sessions,” said Cullen. “Also having an engineer on the left-hand side of masters and plenty more faders for a producer or assistant on the right hand side has been a great boon.”

Cullen’s team is also appreciating the versatility of Origin’s foldback sends and auxiliaries coupled with the talkback and listen system, while the console’s new PureDrive mic preamp has proved ideal for the hybrid workflow. “We love the extensive foldback selection and talkback/listen options,” explained Cullen. “We have a nice old tube room mic up in the ceiling running into the listen pre and compressor, and it captures the entire room brilliantly. We’ve recorded that on a couple of drum sessions recently for that classic squashed room sound.

“Artist comfort is our number one goal at DGS,” continued Cullen. “Having the flexibility of this board allows us to even better serve the singers, musicians and producers. The ease of use, monitor system and simple layout have all sped up our workflow and we already have great feedback from everyone who has been in. With SSL it’s been extremely easy, smooth and professional all the way. The studio has always been busy, but it hasn’t had a downtime day since we turned the desk on, and that looks like continuing. We can also look at widening the client base into more corporate audio with the cleaner pristine path the board can provide.”

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