Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, has installed an SSL Duality console/DAW controller into the hub of his personal recording facility, marking a change in direction for him as a producer for the first time since Original Pirate Material shot The Streets into the mainstream back in 2002.
For nearly a decade, Skinner has mixed almost exclusively in the box, but his latest release Computers and Blues, the fifth and final under The Streets guise, has seen him move back to analogue with the help of SSL’s Duality, which Skinner says has allowed him to work more intuitively, and at a quicker pace.
“Since we got Duality, our way of working has completely changed. I was probably one of the first people in the charts to be totally in the box,” he explains. “My first album was done completely in Logic – well, they were all done in Logic; now I find working with a console is just a million times faster and more human than producing in the box.”
Skinner says what is more liberating is the fact that everything ‘just sounds right’, and that he is now literally able to mix a track in a day and not want to change it, which he says has never happened before.
“Stuff took weeks and weeks to mix in the box because it never sounded quite right, because I was always trying to make it sound like it had been mixed on an SSL,” he insists. “And for me, the analogue is all about the sound; and in a computer you can only do one thing at a time, but with Duality what I find is I’m doing everything at the same time.”