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Sweden's leading music school installs two Duality consoles

“We chose Duality for many reasons, not least because of our positive experience with SSL"

Dec 9, 2008

Duality @ Royal College Of Music, Sweden

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – To say that the Royal College Of Music maintains a well-stocked facility would be to underestimate the magnitude of this impressive seat of learning. Amongst the resources available to students are several concert halls, a large number of grand pianos and six pipe organs. A network of ensemble rooms and two fully equipped recording studios help maintain the college’s reputation as one of Europe’s leading music schools.

Based in Scandinavia’s most populous city, the college has been instructing students to the highest level for around 250 years now, but don’t let centuries of tradition fool you – Stockholm’s Royal College Of Music, or KMH, may have a long and distinguished history but they embrace a very modern approach to education.

The college has recently bolstered its already impressive facilities with two Solid State Logic Duality consoles, a decision that Bill Brunson, professor of electro-acoustic music, is happy to discuss…

“Yes, we have two brand new Duality consoles, which follow on the heels of our much appreciated SL4000 G+. For us the Duality consoles represent the twin flagships of a suite of seven studios here at the college. The first Duality is used to record and mix both concerts and studio recordings. These encompass some of the nearly 250 annual concerts of orchestral, chamber and choral music, big band and jazz ensembles that are performed here, as well as numerous studio projects.”

“We chose Duality because we felt that there are currently contrasting tendencies in the audio world. On the one hand, there is a tendency toward smaller, perhaps even mobile solutions, while on the other hand there’s a tendency toward larger console formats. With Duality's 48 analog inputs we have the opportunity to record and mix larger ensembles with the highest technical quality.”

“We also chose Duality because of our overwhelmingly positive experience with our SL4000 G+, which we’ve been using since 1996. Our twelve year experience with SSL represents an invested knowledge in the SSL design concept, which we both appreciate and are comfortable with.”

“The mixer is very much the centerpiece of our main studio for electro-acoustic music. The Duality affords students the highest quality of professional equipment to realise projects in electro-acoustic music composition, as well the recording and mixing of acoustic and mixed works.”

“There are many other reasons why we chose Duality. Firstly, the superb quality of the signal path, including the preamps, dynamics and equalizers, and the flexibility of the split-mode architecture. Then there’s the capacity to mix analogue but with total DAW control, which makes it simple for projects to be transferred from one studio workstation to another.”

“And, of course, there’s the clarity of sound. Electro-acoustic music is often created solely on a computer, so in the final stages of production many students choose to mix an otherwise purely digital project through Duality in order to access the elusive analog enhancement so often perceived.”

“The clear signal flow, now so elegantly shown on the TFT-displays, reflects changes in the order of processing modules and placement of the channel output, which makes it very easy to demonstrate and explain.”

“And control is not limited to one particular software package. Duality supports all of the major software platforms presently used at KMH, so students and faculty are able to choose their personal favorite. Moreover, DAW control is not limited to faders and mutes, but reaches deep into the software, permitting control of plug-ins and much more. In terms of workflow, Duality promises much – and good workflow equals more fun!”

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