Dean St. Studios recently installed a 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality console in Studio 1.
Carrying on the creative tradition of this space (formerly industry legend Tony Visconti’s Good Earth Studios and creative home for David Bowie and T. Rex), Duality compliments the acoustic design by world famous Eddie Veale and the creative talents of the Dean St. team.
To meet increased client demand for large format sessions, Duality replaces a 24-channel SSL AWS 900+ SE originally installed when the new owners took over the building and opened Dean St. Studios in 2007.
“We are a five room facility that is growing in leaps and bounds,” says Jasmin Lee, co-owner of Dean St. Studios.
“The sessions we were booking required a large format console for both recording and mixing and, while we looked at other consoles, Duality was the best for our needs.”
“Before Duality, we found that sometimes our clients would track with us and mix elsewhere. Ever since we installed Duality, our clients have been even more eager than ever to complete their projects with us – top to bottom.”
One of the prime goals of Dean St. Studios, according to Lee, is to present the artist with a true creative environment that offers all the amenities of a high spec studio, while having a place where, “Musicians can drop in and hang out and just kind of have that really nice creative sense.
“That is what I want for here. Duality has definitely helped produce that vibe because the console looks and sounds amazing. Because of Duality, we’ve attracted a lot more mainstream people. They are very keen to come and work here. The room seems to just breathe more with that console in there.”
Says co-owner and engineer Ben Roulston, “The Duality VHD mic’ pres let me add a controlled amount of dirt and grit on, say, a vocal or guitar if the track is sounding too clean in the mix. The preamp gives you control of second and third harmonic distortion, so it presents quite a lot of options. I used to go outboard for dynamics processing, but with Duality, I find myself staying inboard and only using outboard gear for a particular coloration.”
“I think SSL has hit the nail on the head. Duality is a modern desk for modern times. Times are changing rapidly, budgets are lower and our clients need things done quickly with the same quality as in the past. Duality provides that service.”