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Solid State Logic and Alicia Keys go to Number One!

Duality Console Gets Into the Mix for Chart-Topping, Multi-Grammy Nominated New CD

Jan 9, 2008

SSL and Alicia Keys go to Number One!

NEW YORK, NY - Solid State Logic’s Duality, the fastest selling console in SSL’s history, continues to make its mark in the recording/music industry — Duality was instrumental in helping Grammy Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys’ newest album, As I Am, reach the recent Number One position on Billboard’s 200 Chart.

Since its release in mid-November 2007, the latest offering from R&B superstar Alicia Keys has been well received, enjoying critical praise; multiple Grammy-award nominations; several months at the top of the Billboard 200, R&B and pop charts; two number one singles and sales in excess of 2 million copies thus far.

The success of As I Am is in no small part due to the superior sound quality of the recording; 11 of the 14 songs on the new CD were mixed on SSL’s Duality console by Grammy Award-winning engineer Manny Marroquin at Keys’ privately-owned New York studio, The Oven. The lead engineer on the project was The Oven’s Grammy Award-winning Ann Mincieli, who has worked with Keys since her 2001 multiplatinum debut CD Songs in A Minor.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results we’ve been getting from the Duality since we first added it to our mix studio last year,” says Mincieli. “The 48-channel Duality offers so many creative and audio options, plus it complements the SSL AWS 900 Analogue Workstation, which we’ve had since 2005. We truly feel that the outstanding quality of the Duality has helped create this exceptional new Alicia Keys CD.”

Marroquin says. “Since we started using Duality, the results have exceeded our expectations. The console has some great features we came to rely on like the sound of the EQ and the Variable Harmonic Drive™. The Duality played an integral role in creating just the right sound for Alicia’s new album.”

Since its debut last year, Duality has been featured on a number of projects from major recording artists, but As I Am marks the console’s first number one multiplatinum U.S. hit. With Duality, SSL has combined the analogue sonics of its SSL E, G & K Series consoles with extended Digital Audio Workstation integration capabilities.

Phil Wagner, president, Solid State Logic, Inc. comments, “Our sincere congratulations go to Ann and Manny for the results on Alicia Keys’ latest success. We are proud they chose Duality to be a part of their hit-making process.”

Designed specifically to integrate well with any workstation, Duality has a split channel path that enables channel processing to be placed in the input or monitor path of the workstation. In addition to a SuperAnalogue™ mic amp, each channel features a Variable Harmonic Drive™ input stage designed to add analogue character to sterile workstation outputs. A 2nd to 3rd harmonic drive control provides a range of tones, from the warmth of 50’s tubes to the ‘edge’ of 70’s transistors.

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 at a price point that’s roughly half of its equivalent K-Series sister console.

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