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Balloon Records selects SSL Matrix

David Davies 31 August 2010

Leading European dance music label Balloon Records has equipped its bespoke studio with a Solid State Logic Matrix system. The growing size and scale of the studio had given rise to a number of routing issues, leading to a review of the technical set-up and the purchase of a Matrix system with additional interfacing provided by two SSL MadiXtreme 128s and four Xlogic Alpha-Links – as a result of which the studio now offers 192 inputs and outputs.

These are mixed down to 40 channels using the controller side of the Matrix, resulting – said Balloon Records MD Thomas Jelinek – in “a level of comfort and automation possibilities that we never thought possible. Matrix is so small, yet so powerful. Our old set-up was so large that it was hard to find the sweet spot when mixing. With Matrix, we can now use the controller to scroll through a 190 channel project without moving our heads more than 20cm, which is great!”

Jelinek also highlighted the benefits the Matrix has brought for workflow and the system’s sound quality: “It all sounds so clear…it’s amazing! Now I can focus on the detail and finish much quicker.”

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