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Analogue rules with SSL AWS 900+ SE at Earnapping Musicproduction
Recent Installation Marks Successful Return to Analogue Signal Flow

Analogue rules with SSL AWS 900+ SE at Earnapping Musicproduction

Recent Installation Marks Successful Return to Analogue Signal Flow

Aug 11, 2010

Hermann Niesig & AWS 900+ SE

HÜRTH, GERMANY – Earnapping Musicproduction, creative home to award-winning German superstar, Michael Wendler, recently upgraded its Royal Suite studio with a Solid State Logic AWS 900+ SE console and XLogic X-Rack with eight dynamics modules. This marks the studio’s return to analogue electronics, having ridden the all digital wave to its functional end. The AWS 900+ SE delivers SSL’s SuperAnalogue™ sound quality and signal path, while providing on console control of the resident DAW.

“The AWS 900+ SE has really made a big difference for us regarding workflow and sound quality,” Hermann Niesig, producer and founder/CEO of Earnapping Musicproduction. “Almost eight years ago, I sold my analogue gear and invested in digital technology. After the initial euphoria, disillusionment quickly set in, especially when going into great detail with crafting a sound. I was constantly investing in more and more CPU power to drive more virtual tracks with an endless stream of ‘better’ plug-ins. I found myself constantly asking, how can I put more ‘oomph’ into my productions? The AWS 900+ SE was the answer. All digital served me well, but AWS analogue with digital capture serves me better.”

Earnapping Musicproduction primarily specializes in recording German Schlager, Pop-pop and German pop music genres. Niesig’s studio work led him to win several Sony/Ariola Gold Awards for producing Michael Wendler’s hits, as well as several awards from the over 600 productions he has been involved in for the past 10 years. The AWS 900+ SE gives Niesig the power to produce great sounding tracks more efficiently, over working only within the Steinberg Cubase 5 system and a mouse.

“We are in the business of creating tracks that have strong commercial appeal,” states Niesig. “With the advent of the AWS 900+ SE, the tracks simply sound different. The audio quality is much more precise and gives me much more punch. When I start to work with the EQ, the sound is amazing. The AWS actually changes how I approach recording instruments, voices and sounds. I can get what I want to achieve very quickly. I like capturing and editing on our Cubase 5 DAW. It is very good for that job. With the AWS, the great sound is there right from the first pass and this saves me a lot of time and effort.”

Niesig also uses the AWS 900+ SE for post production projects for Wendler and, again, the flexibility of the AWS shines.

“Being able to control the Steinberg Cubase 5 software from the console surface is very powerful,” Niesig explains. “I took a look at different controllers, but a controller is really just a bigger mouse. The AWS gives me the flexibility to work in music and sound effects posting for DVDs. The DAW control capability from the console allows me to focus more on creative engineering, where I can stay focused on a project. The AWS 900+ SE has really changed things for the better here at Earnapping Musicproduction.”

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