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Globe trotting Courtney Taylor chooses Duende for portable recording system
Heavyweight Reggae mix engineer and producer Courtney Taylor explains why he chose Duende

Globe trotting Courtney Taylor chooses Duende for portable recording system

Heavyweight Reggae mix engineer and producer Courtney Taylor explains why he chose Duende

Nov 24, 2008

Duende user Courtney Taylor

When two time Grammy-nominated Live Sound Touring Engineer Courtney Taylor was looking to expand his DAW setup, he wanted something easy to install and work with that had all of the sonic power he was used to. Courtney mixes for the world renowned reggae bands Third World and Steel Pulse, and is used to quality. This year has seen the band touring in Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Tobago, Holland, Belgium, and the USA. When he’s not out on the road, he’s working on projects with Keysha McTaggart, Collette “English Queen” Small, and Ele-Mel in his Miami-based studio. He’s been extensively using a Duende Classic in his mobile rig for studio and live recording and mixing, so SSL caught up with him between gigs to ask how he uses it.

“Duende has had a great deal of impact on the way I work” he told us. “It’s been amazing because I can take it anywhere with me and my Duende gives me the sound of an SSL console and puts it into a plug-in – I get my SSL sound wherever I go!”

Courtney bought the Duende to add to his Mac/Logic-based DAW setup, and the easy setup and configuration within his preferred environment got him up and running fast but it was the sound that kept him running. “The plug-ins sound amazing! I use X-EQ a lot, and the real-time analyzer lets me know exactly how to shape the sound source that I’m working on. I use Duende on every project I do.”

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