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Castlesound Studios gets Brave with SSL

Scotland-based Castlesound Studios has installed a Solid State Logic AWS 948 hybrid console/controller, recently used to complete music tracks for Pixar’s feature Brave.

Scotland-based Castlesound Studios has installed a Solid State Logic AWS 948 hybrid console/controller, recently used to complete music tracks for Pixar’s feature Brave. The AWS 948 replaces an original AWS 900, providing the studio with an expanded channel count to adequately handle larger productions. “As our business has progressed, we felt the need to get a console with a greater number of channels to handle larger projects,” said Stuart Hamilton (pictured), owner of Castlesound Studios. “The AWS 948 builds on the successful tradition established with our AWS 900 of recording acoustic music for jazz, Scottish traditional, rock and pop artists. We have been producing an increasing amount of music for film as well. The reason for the upgrade was that the original AWS had 24 mono channels, and the new one has 24 stereo channels, which makes the integration with Pro Tools incredibly slick and seamless. With the 948, I don’t have to make any channel count compromises, and that makes the entire job more clear-cut.” Castlesound Studios is housed in a 200-year old Victorian-era primary school, which was converted into a studio in 1973. Although the studio emphasizes capturing acoustic music performances, it is equally at ease capturing synth-heavy music such as Glasgow’s The Blue Nile. For Brave, the studio recorded renowned Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, using the Total Recall system extensively to revisit the material for additions and re-mixes, while allowing the studio to be used by other clients. “For the Fowlis sessions, we started with a simple demo and kept going back and forth, adding new tracks to finish the music. Because of the time differences between the directors of the film commenting from California and here, we were constantly resetting the console to work on each song, so the Total Recall and expanded channel count of the AWS really worked in our favor and made this job technically straightforward. Working with the AWS 948 has been, in a word, brilliant, and the console has definitely increased our bookings.”
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