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Solid State Logic supports Dynamic Range Day
X-Desk DRD competition prize goes to Manchester School of Sound Recording student

Solid State Logic supports Dynamic Range Day

X-Desk DRD competition prize goes to Manchester School of Sound Recording student

May 5, 2011

SSL X-Desk & Dynamic Range Day

OXFORD, ENGLAND – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles, is pleased to announce the winner of the X-Desk prize in the Dynamic Range Day competition. SSL offered the prize to show its support for Dynamic Range Day, an event designed to reveal the flaws in the belief that ‘louder is better’ when it comes to recorded music. Dynamic Range Day (23/03/2011) promotes the argument that greater dynamics in the recording process deliver both punch and character and that heavy compression, while adding loudness, can diminish the overall contrast, often resulting in harsh and lifeless recordings.

SSL offered the X-Desk small format analogue mixer for this year’s DRD competition because it is an appropriate prize; X-Desk, like all SSL SuperAnalogue™ technology offers greater headroom and sonic clarity, enabling a greater dynamic range to be enjoyed. DRD competition entrants submitted mixes and an expert panel assessed the overall quality of recording and mixing with particular attention to the preservation of dynamic range in the finished mix.

Solid State Logic’s MD Antony David says: “We got involved in Dynamic Range Day because we create the tools that help people make their music sound great, with the ability to emote the natural light and shade of their music – the dynamic range. Being continuously loud is self-defeating as broadcast systems and other playback devices often gain-match content anyway, thus removing any advantage that may come from compressing everything to death. What is left is too often wearing and lifeless. We support the promotion of greater dynamics in recorded music rather than greater loudness and our product range hopefully encourages users towards this goal. And more power to bands like Elbow (whose ‘Build A Rocket boys’ scooped the 2011 DRD award for Best Sounding Dynamic Mix), who demonstrate how effective greater contrast can be.”

Meanwhile the winner of the X-Desk, David Jones from Manchester, says: “What a great prize! Initially I used it to sum a couple of acoustic mixes I had done earlier in the year, and I was really surprised by how easy it was to get a better sounding mix simply by running multitracks through the desk and recording the output back into my DAW. I am a student at the School Of Sound Recording in Manchester but, from time to time, I also record choral music as well as some more mainstream music. With the X-Desk I am able to have a much more sophisticated location recording rig. What also sticks out is the clean and open sound – something I require when recording classical music – and all within a portable, 19-inch rack unit.”

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