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Intocable Tours With Solid State Logic

Grammy-winning Tejano/Norteño fusion band takes their latest Highway tour across the US with dual SSL L300 consoles mixing front of house and monitors.

By PSW Staff November 13, 2018

Jose Ramon Quintero at the SSL L300 console for Intocable

Intocable is an Tejano/Norteño fusion band that has been making records and touring for over 25 years with three Grammy wins in their portfolio. Their latest Highway tour has taken them all over the US since June and culminates in November in Houston, in their home State of Texas.

The band’s tools of choice at both front of house and monitors are Solid State Logic SSL L300 consoles, and Jose Ramon Quintero has engineered with both, previously as monitor engineer, and now as front of house engineer.

“When I started with the L300 on Monitors, the band immediately noticed a huge change in the mix and in the ‘room image’,” He says. “There is a great separation between the instruments, and there’s a much warmer, more analogue sound than the console we were using before.”

According to Quintero, the Band’s reaction to the technology was an important moment, as they are all accomplished musicians, and most have their own personal studios. “They can really play,” he says. “And they can hear too. I think the SSL Pre-amps have made the biggest difference.”

There are seven members of Intocable and Quintero has a 52-channel input list across drums, percussion, bass, Bajo Sexto, accordion, vocals, and comms. He uses the console’s 32 x 36 output matrix for the seven PA outputs, with subs driven from an auxiliary. All 36 matrix outputs of the console have filters, 4-band EQ, delay, all-pass-filters, and insert points for internal and external processing.

The SSL All-Pass-Filter has proven to be one of Quintero’s favorite features. It’s available on all processed paths, and presents a highly tunable processing stage with two filter types, adjustable center frequency, and adjustable Q. “This makes a huge difference,” he says. “Now I can use that tool for mixing as well as for tuning, which is very exciting.

The journey from monitors to front of house with the same band has been an enlightening one for Quintero; having honed mixes for the individual band members, he was in an excellent position to bring that experience together into the single front of house mix. But he believes that the SSL Live console has made a significant contribution too: “This is the first time they have been able to bring their analogue studio sound to a live show. Thanks to SSL for making that possible.”

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