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Grammy-Nominated Platinum Producer cites SuperAnalogue sound and DAW Control
Grammy-Nominated Platinum Producer cites SuperAnalogue sound and DAW Control as key factors

Grammy-Nominated Platinum Producer cites SuperAnalogue sound and DAW Control

Grammy-Nominated Platinum Producer cites SuperAnalogue sound and DAW Control as key factors

Dec 14, 2007

Grammy-Nominated Platinum Producer cites SuperAnalogue sound and DAW C...

MEXICO CITY - Armando Avila, a Grammy Award winner and one of Latin America’s top producers with more than 50 gold or platinum records, has installed a Solid State Logic Duality console in his three-room studio, Cosmos Producciones. Avila recently won a Latin Grammy (Best Pop Album by a Duo/Group with Vocals) for producing El Mundo Se Equivoca (The World Makes Mistakes) by Spanish music trio, La 5ª Estación.

Avila, who grew up around studios and musicians—his father was a member of legendary Latin group Los Baby’s—has worked with artists including Aleks Syntek, Alejandra Guzman, La Quinta Estación, RBD, Belinda and Jumbo. Operating a recording studio since 1994, he moved Cosmos Producciones in 2004 to a studio that coincidentally had once been owned by his family.

“I love the fact that you can work on your DAW and at the same time use one of the best analogue systems in the world,” Avila says of Duality. “I really like the console’s EQ, and the Dynamics section on each channel is a dream come true for me. I have tons of outboard gear, and my Duality gives me access to all of them and automation of all levels without any latency, all in a full SuperAnalogue environment. I really love the signature ‘SSL sound.’

“I also love the fact that you can get a completely clean and transparent sound with great headroom,” Avila adds. “At the same time, you can push Duality’s VHD preamps and get a warmer sound out of it. Another thing that made my decision to acquire Duality easy is that the system doesn't need a tower full of racks, so you don't need a machine room. Also, the power consumption is incredibly low compared to my previous console.”

Since its introduction at the 121st Audio Engineering Society Convention last year, Duality is quickly proliferating throughout the U.S. and the world. Cosmos Producciones joins such world-class facilities as PatchWerk Recording in Atlanta, Sheffield Audio-Video Productions in Phoenix, MD and Studios Piccolo in Montreal. To date, 47 elite commercial and private studios have installed the groundbreaking Duality.

Duality combines the analogue sonics of legendary SSL E, G, J and K Series consoles with extended Digital Audio Workstation capabilities. As digital audio workstations (DAWs) changed forever the traditional workflow for professional audio production, Solid State Logic quickly saw that the perfect production tool for this new paradigm would combine a comprehensive controller and world-class analogue facilities such as signal processing and monitoring.

There are both E and G series equalizers and peak sensing or RMS/over-easy compression to choose from. Duality offers VCA style or moving fader automation and complete control over DAW parameters from the console channel rotaries. There are multiple stereo busses or multiple 5.1 stems to make the best use of a full set of 5.1 pan/positioning controls on each channel.

Duality features an engineer-familiar hardware control surface and adds TFT display across all channels to provide comprehensive visual feedback on signal levels, channel settings, system configuration & routing to deliver highly efficient multi operator Total Recall™. Duality is the analogue console for the digital age, all for a price point that’s roughly half of its equivalent K-Series sister console.

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