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Producer Paul Rogers adds X-Desk and X-Rack to London studio

“The SSL Bus Compressor is like having a magic button that just sorts your track out.”

Jan 12, 2012

X-Desk & X-Rack user Paul Rogers

OXFORD, ENGLAND – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles, is pleased to announce that Paul Rogers has installed a Solid State Logic X-Desk and X-Rack in his London-based studio. When in London, Paul works out of Pete Tong's studio in the Matrix complex, Fulham. Paul regularly collaborates with Pete Tong to remix artists as diverse as Gorillaz, Daft Punk & N.E.R.D., U2 and Bryan Ferry and on film scores including Michael Caine-led revenge flick Harry Brown. Paul has also worked alongside the world’s best DJs, including Sasha, Digweed and Howells and produced James Lavelle's UNKLE Sounds live show.

“For years I’ve never really made the kind of records where a big desk is needed. I've been really happy with the sound I get for the music I make, and haven't felt the need for a big desk in our world. But I had begun to think, now I’m doing bigger and more varied projects, it could be very useful. I think most people would love to own a big SSL desk but, apart from the obvious cost, where the hell would I put it?! Then SSL launch X-Desk, which makes total sense for the sort of music I’m producing. I think with the shift in record sales these days, and the budgets slashed, the X-Desk gives you the best of both worlds, and the best thing about it is, it's portable!”

“So we decided we were going to get some SSL gear in – an X-Rack that’s loaded with the infamous Bus Compressor alongside E-Series EQ and a Stereo EQ. And for summing and the like we use X-Desk. Everything’s patched, which is useful as we’re starting to get an addiction for analogue synths.”

Paul’s in no doubt that the SSL gear has really upped the ante in terms of sound. “The Bus Compressor, for example – it gives that ‘glue’ on a record that I’ve always missed. Without the Bus Compressor I always felt like you had to work that much harder to make things sit comfortably in a mix, but now it’s like having a magic button that just sorts your track out. We love the warmth of it, and also how you can just tickle it lightly or crank it if you really want to round off the edges.”

“And we really love putting our analogue synths through those EQ modules. Putting the [Korg] MS20 through the E Series is a particular favourite. Just when you think you can’t get any more bass you put it through that EQ, dial up the bottom end and the pictures start falling off the walls.”

“The SSL gear has changed the way I approach things in the studio. I think the main benefit that I’ve really noticed – apart from the nice, warm analogue SSL sound that I’ve always loved – is that the gear really helps you mix as you’re writing as it provides that natural gel in the record that makes all of the difference. Which, in turn, keeps things moving creatively as you really don't have to work as hard to make things sound right.”

“So I imagine I’ll be pressing the SSL gear into service on all manner of upcoming projects, including some new singles of my own for release early 2012, an exciting album project, and there’s also a new film project on the horizon. Exciting times ahead!”

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