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JEL Recording Studios upgrades Studio A with an SSL AWS 900 Console / Controller
24 in Busy Commercial Studio

JEL Recording Studios upgrades Studio A with an SSL AWS 900 Console / Controller

24 in Busy Commercial Studio

Dec 2, 2010

Edo Guidotti & AWS 900+SE @ JEL Recording Studios

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – JEL Recording Studios, a studio with clients ranging from Disney, Universal and Warner Bros, to AT&T, Blizzard Entertainment for the popular videogame World of Warcraft™ and the punk band Green Day, recently installed a Solid State Logic AWS 900 in Studio A to increase throughput for the busy facility. Replacing a Digidesign Control 24, the AWS 900+ SE provides SuperAnalogue™ sound quality and greatly increased production efficiencies.

“We provide recording services in Studio A for music productions ranging from rhythm sections to orchestras for commercials, regular release movies, television programs, video games and music projects,” explains Edo Guidotti, partner in JEL Studios and president of Pacific Coast Presentations. Guidotti produces, orchestrates and contracts music for Pacific Coast Presentations, a full-service music production company specializing in music tracks for film, commercials, video games and stage show presentations of all types. “We needed to accomplish large production recording projects with highly-efficient workflow and we found that doing everything in-the-box with a controller and outboard mic pres didn’t provide the efficiencies we had hoped for. The AWS 900+ SE, through its bussing structure, integrated DAW control for our Pro Tools® HD3 system and its clear and logical layout, is the exact tool we needed to move forward.”

JEL Recording Studios has been in business for over 30 years, recording many award-winning soundtracks. Guidotti attributes this success to superior acoustic design and talented engineers coupled with continual equipment upgrades. The purpose of the facility is to provide a production-friendly recording environment for both music and commercial projects. As acoustics and sound are of paramount importance to JEL, having a console that has great audio quality was a must.

“In the past with the controller, we relied on our high-end outboard mic pres to deliver the sound quality our clients have come to expect from JEL,” says Guidotti. “Now that we have the AWS 900+ SE, all our recording sessions begin with SSL’s industry standard SuperAnalogue™ sound right from the console. This is an incredible time-saver because we are not constantly patching in outboard gear. With the AWS, our API, Avalon, Chandler and Millennia mic pres are now used to further craft a specific sound or provide a particular color.”

Another advantage with the AWS 900+ SE is SSL’s Logictivity Browser that allows the AWS to connect to a Mac or PC via a standard Ethernet connection for Total Recall and AWSomation data and MIDI data. Archived console data can be transferred via to the host computer or via a USB flash drive to simplify data exchange between sessions.

“The automation capabilities that come with the AWS are also a great time-saver for the way we do work,” continues Guidotti. “When we were relying on all outboard mic pres, each session required an intensive amount of time to log in settings. Further, while bringing up a session on the controller was instantaneous, recalling the exact positions of a knob on an outboard unit took time to reset. Because the AWS offers extensive recall and automation control, our baseline sessions now enjoy much more efficiency with a great sound. SSL also has a great reputation and a long list of great engineers familiar with its console topology. When we were looking for a console, many engineers highly recommended SSL.”

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