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Jutland Ave Studios continue tradition with Solid State Logic AWS 900+
For studio guru Mike Gardner, the sound of SSL has been a mainstay of his studios for over 25 years

Jutland Ave Studios continue tradition with Solid State Logic AWS 900+

For studio guru Mike Gardner, the sound of SSL has been a mainstay of his studios for over 25 years

Aug 15, 2008

AWS 900+ @ Jutland Ave

BATTERSEA, LONDON – Some studios become great because of the people who work there, some because of the location, but look inside the greatest studios on earth and you’ll find a common thread running through them all: great equipment. And for Jutland Ave Studios, that means having the peerless Solid State Logic AWS 900+ as a worthy centerpiece for the studio.

Studio owner Jay K.A. knew that there was only one person who could design the new control room – none other than Mike Gardner, who has more than earned his reputation as the technical mastermind behind London’s legendary Eden Studios.

Mike designed his first studio over 40 years ago, and throughout those years has been instrumental in creating state-of-the-art facilities that have catered to some of the biggest names in the business – Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols and The Pretenders, to name but a few.

Times may have changed, and music production certainly has, but Mike’s reputation is such that the new waves are still relying on his facilities for nailing great recordings. Why else would legends such as The Smiths, Oasis, Sinead O’Connor and Primal Scream have become regular clients?

Throughout it all, there has been a mainstay that has kept the studios busy: Solid State Logic desks. It was back in 1980 that Mike took delivery of his first SSL, a 4000 series, but from that day it’s the irreplaceable sound of SSL that has made them Mike’s console of choice.

And now with Jutland Ave Studios in Battersea, chief engineer/producer Eeema continues this tradition with a modern classic – Solid State Logic’s AWS 900+ recording console, as Eeema is happy to discuss…

“Having experienced working on analogue mixing consoles, it was a significant jump moving into the digital world of recording. We understand that the DAW approach is the most popular model of recording today, but here at Jutland we felt the need to cater to clients who want all of the benefits of digital recording, but coupled to that analogue sound made famous by the SSL consoles. And ultimately that’s the reason behind our choice to go with the SSL AWS 900+ – without question!”

The SSL not only imparts a classic vibe onto the recordings that pass through it, but it has also aided workflow at Jutland Ave Studios, as Chief Engineer Eeema reveals. “The AWS 900+ has made a big difference to the way we run the studio. I particularly like how quickly it responds when working on Pro Tools. I’ve always worked on SSL boards in the past in Toronto, LA and New York, with clients like two-time Grammy award winner PJ Morton (Mariah Carey, India Arie, Jermaine Dupri), Sabrina Washington (Mis-teeq) and Jay Sean. With clients as diverse as those the AWS is exactly what I need to work in a hybrid domain.”

“I took a quick glance through the manual and within a few minutes I had the board running seamlessly with Pro Tools. I do all my tracking in the box and use the SSL classic Channels for mixing, and either save the mixes back to Pro Tools or send them to tape. The total recall is another feature I like about the console – I can save a few different mixes and then recall them in seconds. I love it!”

For Eeema, the AWS 900+ is also a producer’s dream console. “We used 24 super analogue channels to mix the latest hit single – R.O.O.L, by R&B sensation Darren B. I’m very picky when it comes to drums in today’s pop music,” explains Eeema, who also produced the record. “I like warmth in my music… and with the AWS 900+, that warmth is a given.”

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