Muse engineer Colliva installs SSL sigma10 June 2014
Italian producer, recording and mix engineer Tommaso Colliva has installed the new SSL Sigma in his private mix room, Toomi Labs.
Colliva has worked on SSL equipment since his early days as an assistant engineer at Milan’s renowned Officine Meccaniche, which in the past has hosted sessions for the likes of Michael Nyman, Shania Twain and Erykah Badu.
It was here that Colliva met British rock act Muse, resulting in him working on every Muse record from 2005 to the present.
Having previously used an SSL Matrix console in his private studio, Colliva recently took delivery of an SSL Sigma remote-controlled analogue summing unit.
“Shortly after buying the Matrix, I decided to move to the US for a while and unfortunately I had to sell it,” says Colliva. “When I returned to Italy, I was missing the Matrix a lot – especially the automation side of the console, so I was immediately excited by the Sigma. It has more channel inputs than I thought it would, along with all of the summing options that I loved.”
Toomi Labs is housed within Edizioni Ishtar’s Blue Spirit recording complex, which has an SSL Duality in the main mix room.
“Since we have a Duality in our main studio, Sigma also gives me consistency as the two units basically have the same components and sound. Though Sigma can take incredibly hot inputs, I don’t slam the box because I’m going for that classic clean and wide-open SSL sound. That’s how I started working with the Matrix. I basically found this combination that I liked, which is SSL summing with a very coloured tube compressor across the master bus. So, with Sigma, I’m able to control the gain in a very neat and very recallable way.”