Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), recently installed a new 32-channel Solid State Logic ORIGIN analog in-line mixing console at the company’s recording facility in Los Angeles, replacing a vintage desk in Studio A at the 6,000-square-foot complex that opened in 2017 and has produced six number one albums over the past 18 months.
The building encompasses a tracking space that’s large enough to accommodate a medium-sized orchestra as well as two control rooms and four production suites. In the first year of operation Republic Records Studios produced projects by a host of label artists, including The Weeknd. Metro Boomin, Amine and others.
Earlier this year, Rob Christie, Republic Records Studio Director since the facility opened, elected to replace Studio A’s aging mixing console with a new SSL ORIGIN, looking to eliminate maintenance issues. “One thing that we need on a session is reliability,” he says. “I need to know that everything is going to work, and that it’s laid out nicely and easily for access, speed and reliability.”
The in-house technical staff wired and installed the new console. “The SSL is just plug and play; it’s ready to go,” says Christie. “It’s got the classic SSL sound, it’s very low maintenance and it’s at a price that’s affordable for smaller or mid-level studios.”
During the installation, the control room front wall was customized to accommodate a soffited pair of Augspurger main monitors complemented by a pair of 18-inch subwoofers positioned behind the console. Pairs of ATC SM45A Pro reference monitors and Yamaha NS-10 nearfield loudspeakers are also available.
In addition, the staff added a bay at both sides of the ORIGIN. One houses a patchbay and the other contains a selection of outboard processing units, including several outboard preamplifiers, equalizers, compressors, and limiters.
“We’re very pleased to see Republic Records Studio come online with ORIGIN as one of the first studios to commit to our latest large format inline console offering,” states Phil Wagner, Senior Vice President of SSL. “Universal Music Group have a number of installations coming online with ORIGIN and we couldn’t be happier with UMGs continued commitment to Solid State Logic.” The new ORIGIN console was acquired from Ferndale, MI-based Vintage King.