KMR installs Custom 24 channel SSL Duality
KMR Audio was called into action when it was time to look at a new desk and complete studio redesign for Kingsmere Studios, a private location for a client we have worked closely with in the past.
The Rupert Neve Designs 5088 and API 1608 were on the shortlist, however after researching each console it became clear that neither was going to do exactly what he required.
So a visit to Solid-State-Logic
at Oxford was booked and a demo session with SSL Guru and Designer Chris Jenkins, where the SSL AWS948
and the SSL Duality
The AWS948 had some positives with the stereo channel count being up to 48, however, it became clear the SSL Duality just ticked all his requirements, and a 24 channel Duality was decided upon.
Over the next few months, his studio was designed from the ground up (literally as it was located on the 3rd floor)! The layout was changed, and wiring planned to incorporate the forthcoming console, and at the same time, the existing DAW system was upgraded to include 64 i/o channels of AVID i/o and a new version of AVID HDX ProTools
Monitoring chosen was the Unity Audio Rock's Mk2
, Avantone MixCubes
and Barefoot Sound MicroMain27 GEN2
Microphones include the Manley Gold Reference
with the wonderful Josephson C700A
providing the main focus of acoustic recording, alongside a Telefunken U47
perfectly supplemented by classic Royer
The Lavry AD122-96 MX
Gold converter was chosen for the mix down requirements and a Benchmark DAC2 HGC Black
D-A converter for monitoring. Outboard is patched via RedCo
patchbays to run alongside many DAW AAX plugins including an Octo UAD-2
. This outboard includes the very limited edition POLAR Studios160
Stereo Bus compressor, featuring the VCA’s from the legendary POLAR Studios in Sweden.
A GML 8200 EQ
and the recently re-released ADR F760X-RS Compex
Compressor was provided alongside an A-Designs EM-EQ2
which is a dual-mono modern take on a Pultec EQ.
Dave Hill Designs Europa
's, a Lisson Grove
compressor, Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph
and Shadow Hills GAMA’s
work side by side classic studio equipment...
...like the Universal Audio LA2A
, Universal Audio 1176
's, AMS Neve 1073DPA
's, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8-XS,
with effects and processing looked after by the Bricasti M7 Reverb
, Lexicon PCM96
, and Eventide H8000FW.
As well as being a dedicated mix room, the studio includes many guitars, pedals and amps, with keyboards allowing it to be a writing room where projects can take focus right from creation to completion.
Prior to the Duality 24 installation, KMR worked with AKA Designs
creating a furniture design to enhance and 'embrace' the console alongside the existing AKA racks. A custom deeper armrest was commissioned by the customer and designed by SSL similar in depth to the AWS armrest. This allows better space and keyboard/mouse focus when sitting in the centre of the desk.
Having just updated the Duality to the new Duality Delta Software
this now allows further enhanced production alongside ProTools 12HD
via the new SSL Delta Control
The client is now enjoying his new integrated Hybrid workflow with the SSL Duality providing the sonic depth and workflow he desires.
For full studio installations please contact us at KMR Audio
as we're always happy to discuss any specific requirements and run through ideas.