Spanish studio returns to analogue with SSL Duality27 June 2016
Commercial recording studio Estudio Sacramento has installed a 48-channel SSL Duality δelta SuperAnalogue console.
Daniel Saiz (pictured), who set up the studio 20 years ago in Alicante, Spain 20 years ago, said the change in desks was like an injection of adrenalin for his business.
When the studio first opened a large format analogue console helped to attract clients from outside Spain and outside Europe, and after a while he switched to the large format digital console, SSL MT Plus.
But with the Duality, Saiz has returned to analogue, with the console’s hybrid technologies, including the plug-in automation system in the DAW, which is used to record and playback control data from the faders and switches on the console as an alternative to using the built-in legacy automation system.
Getting back to an analogue sound he has always loved was the priority for Saiz.
“I wanted the analogue SSL sound,” he said. “In the past I have worked a lot with the 4000 G and E consoles, as well as the 9000. In my opinion the Duality has more of the 9000 sound about it… Very clean, but of course if you want to dirty the sound up a bit, you can do it with one button – VHD…”.
Estudio Sacramento has several purpose-built live recording spaces: The large main space and smaller 10sqm room – both with sight-lines to the control room – plus a 16sq m live room and additional booth. The Studio Lounge is a 38sq m space.