Award-winning FOH engineer Ben Hammond, who has mixed for Saxon, Deaf Havana, You Me at Six and No Devotion, has opened a new studio, the Vegas Rooms, in the renowned Chairworks studios, Leeds, UK, with an Allen & Heath GS-R24 studio console as the centrepiece.
“Increasingly, on tour, I was getting demands for live recordings for single B-sides, additional album tracks or magazine covers, so there was always a need for studio time,” Hammond explains. “I knew it was time to invest in my own studio when I found myself mixing the bonus tracks for the deluxe edition of Deaf Havana’s album on a laptop on my knees. The studio works alongside my touring work, opening up options for the bands I work with.”
Hammond (pictured) has used Allen & Heath’s iLive digital mixing system – last seen on the road with Paolo Nutini and Franz Ferdinand – for touring over the past few years, and says the GS-R24 was the “obvious choice” for his studio console.
“It was a no-brainer for me,” he comments. “Sonically, the GS-R24 is familiar, the preamps sound fantastic and the EQ is amazing. It’s a great sounding console.
“Once you start to use it, you realise what a clever piece of kit it is – the routing is almost infinitely flexible. As both a desk and control surface, it works however you want to work, whether you’re tracking through it, mixing on the console, using it as a controller for ProTools [or] a summing mixer or glorified patchbay to use various outboard – it’s ingenious.”
Watch the full video interview with Hammond below.