The dBs Music Bristol Higher Education centre recently added another control room and live room to their central Bristol campus and chose the SSL Duality as the flagship console (pictured).
Meanwhile, dBs Music Plymouth replaced a control surface with the SSL AWS 924 Delta and Pro Tools HD, with the addition of both Quested, Genelec and ATC monitoring.
dBs Music technical manager, Matt Bernard explains: “The requirements were for high quality analogue consoles which effortlessly integrated with a variety of DAWs, allowed sophisticated analogue routing and processing, combined with control surface functionality and automation system. After researching all the options we ended up in the SSL demo rooms at their Oxford HQ, trying out the AWS and Duality consoles."
Bernard says they were impressed with the new Sigma automation plugin – with the DAW seamlessly controlling the analogue fader and removing the need for a dual layer of faders.
“Both the AWS 924 and Duality have been put to great use since being installed and are already some of our most booked rooms with students carrying out a range of degree based projects,” he says. “Feedback from staff and students has been great and they now have the ability to compare and contrast the SSL AWS 924 to a Neve Genesys in Plymouth, and the SSL Duality to a API 1608 console in Bristol.”
Managing director, Nigel Burt adds: “The desks will be used in group teaching sessions but also, most importantly, be constantly available for individual bookings. Without this level of access to the very best kit, we find that students do not acquire the skills necessary for success in this industry.”