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Gateway Mastering Picks SSLs XLogic CompressorsGives Gateway new surround compression tools and sonic signature (November 17, 2004)
Mastering legend Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios recently took delivery of two Solid State Logic XLogic compressors from Professional Audio Design (PAD). The XLogic Multichannel Compressor will reside in the room primarily operated by Bob Ludwig and will handle the ever-growing demand for surround mastering, while the XLogic G Series Compressor will be located in the stereo room operated by Ludwigs protégé Adam Ayan.
?In the analog domain, there are very few compressors that are specifically designed for 5.1 operations, says Ludwig, who has done mastering projects from Bruce Springsteen to Bare Naked Ladies. ?The SSL XLogic 5.1 has several unique features, such as the filter for the low frequency and the ability to change which channels you want to control together, making it a great choice for our application. SSL has been a leader in the recording business for a very long time and part of the companys famous sound for rock records is its bus compressor. Being able to have a 5.1 version of the SSL bus compressor is really appropriate for many rock projects, as well as for others.
The XLogic Multichannel Compressor unit is a 2U rack-mounting six-channel compressor. It utilizes the classic SSL center compressor design elements within a SuperAnalogue design topology, bringing the dual benefits of spectacular surround audio performance with a universally acclaimed compressor characteristic. The XLogics unique surround control capabilities make it a perfect choice for demanding multi-channel compression challenges. SSL consoles are used for many of the projects that are mastered at Gateway, so the sound quality is guaranteed also. For these reasons, the XLogic Multichannel Compressor became the logical choice for Ludwig and Ayan.
?Mike Harnois from PAD originally contacted me about the XLogic units, Ayan explains. ?We tried them out, really loved them and decided to add them to our equipment roster. We also needed a custom threshold adjustment to ideally suit the type of work we do. PAD and SSL worked together to make the changes and it all came together.
?The SSL XLogic units will give Gateway an industry recognized sonic standard, states Ludwig. ?The flexibility of having a stereo and a six-channel compressor with the same basic compression characteristics gives our facility the opportunity to deliver similar service from both rooms. We are very happy with the XLogic equipment.
About Solid State Logic
Solid State Logic is the worlds leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles for broadcast, post, music and film facilities. SSLs product range includes the C100 new-generation Digital Broadcast and C200 Digital Production Consoles, the Avant Plus Digital Console for Film and Post, the XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue and the SL 4000 G+ Analogue Consoles.
For further information visit www.solid-state-logic.com.
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