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Art House engineer Natalia Schlesinger in the new Studio B with the SSL ORIGIN console.

Art House In Miami Equipped With Solid State Logic

New Studio B at prolific producer/musician/composer Julio Reyes Copello's facility features a 32-channel ORIGIN analog console incorporating PureDrive mic preamps.

The new Studio B at Art House, a recording facility established in Miami by prolific Colombian music producer, pianist, arranger and composer Julio Reyes Copello, has been outfitted with a Solid State Logic ORIGIN analog mixing console.

In the past 12 months, Art House and Reyes Copello were involved in four of the six albums that have just been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop Album category, including Pablo Alborán’s Vértigo and Camilo’s Mis Manos, which also garnered multiple Latin Grammy nominations and wins this year.

Reyes Copello, who has worked with artists that include Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin, founded the Art House Records label and production facility with the purpose of discovering and nurturing new music talent. The building is also home to the Art House Academy and Abbey Road Institute Miami music and audio production education initiatives, where Reyes Copello and his team train and mentor young artists, songwriters and audio engineers.

Studio B, which was constructed in 2020, has an adjacent tracking space that can comfortably hold a handful of musicians. “We do a lot of recordings in this room,” reports in-house engineer Natalia Schlesinger. “Sometimes it’s just a vocal or a simple instrument. But we’ve also done large recordings, such as ensembles.”

Schlesinger, who started work at the facility around the time that the 32-channel ORIGIN was delivered and installed in the new control room, states, “The preamps are beautiful. Especially when we do ensemble recordings, because the tracks all get to live in the same world. It has been amazing to use the console because we’ve used other preamps, but we find that when we use the ORIGIN PureDrive preamps for large ensembles, everything is warm but clean. Also, the EQs have that distinct SSL tone to them, that is absolutely cherished by everyone.”

Reyes Copello adds that the preamps have introduced new tone and character possibilities to his productions at the studio, which is outfitted with a variety of front-end alternatives. New PureDrive is designed to add the ability to variably add warmth and character to the clarity of SSL classic console preamps.

Schlesinger has used the ORIGIN to mix a number of projects since it was installed. “I love the bus compressor; I use it every time,” she says. “I use stems mainly in the stereo groups and I finish my balances there and use the bus compressor. It gives it a different sound — warmer — and everything goes magically into place. I love it for the color it gives the mix.”

The ORIGIN desk also fits into Art House’s hybrid workflow. “I feel like the combination of working in Pro Tools but also getting the opportunity to do some stuff in the console is amazing,” she says. “That communication between both worlds has been great for me. I can rely on the analog sound of the console, then I can easily go and work in the DAW, and then go back for the mixing and summing.”

While the facility sometimes accommodates outside recording projects, the majority of the studio’s work is in-house. “Many times, artists come to collaborate,” Schlesinger says. “They do writing sessions here and Julio produces a lot of music. For some projects we only do one part of the process. Then there are some songs where we do writing, production, recording and mixing. So there’s a little bit of everything.”

Schlesinger, who is also a musician, did her undergraduate studies in Bogotá, Colombia, where she got to use an SSL Duality console. She started work at Art House in 2020 after earning her master’s at the University of Miami. “It’s been great, getting to work with all these projects and people making amazing music,” she concludes. “And it’s been amazing to learn from Julio and Robin [Reumers, a Latin Grammy-nominated mixing and mastering engineer and educator]. I feel like I’ve grown so much just by watching them and working with them.”

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