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SSLs XLogic Used On ?Oceans Twelve SoundtrackMix Engineer Hugo Nicolson relied on unit?s quality and ease of use (December 02, 2004)
Mix engineer Hugo Nicolson relied on Solid State Logics XLogic Multichannel Compressor to enhance the surround mix for the new Warner Bros. Pictures release ?Oceans Twelve. Purchased from Guitar Center Pro, Platinum Audio Rentals Sean Fudge recommended the XLogic to Nicolson and the result was pure movie magic.
?The XLogic Compressor is great because it is designed from the ground up for surround mixing, says Nicolson. ?In the past, I would have had to employ multiple stereo compressors and that situation was always complicated and took more time. When I would go back to recall the mix, I was always dealing with re-setting all those little buttons and knobs and that was a drag. With the XLogic, everything is right there in front of you and the settings are easy to recall.
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.
?One of the features I like best is the Circular ?Max display that shows which channel is contributing the most to the side chain, giving me a clear, instantaneous indication of which channel is driving the compressor, Nicolson explains. ?With the VU meter available to figure out the overall gain reduction, I can see how much the overall compression is kicking all the individual channels from the LED lights. This is very useful because when it sounds right, it also looks right.
?I recommended the XLogic Compressor to Hugo because of the great results other people are having with the unit, says Fudge. ?The XLogic has two great strengths: its incredible functionality as it relates to a 5.1 mix and the cost effectiveness over renting multiple stereo compressors. And obviously, there is the sound. People that I know who are doing 5.1 mixes have been talking about the great sound and the presence the unit gives to a mix. So thats what helped me make my decision to purchase it and recommend it for the ?Oceans Twelve project.
The XLogic Multichannel Compressor features separate 5-channel and LFE channel compression controls allowing separate treatment of LFE signals that typically require different attack and release characteristics. Separate Trim controls for L, C, R & S channels provide different thresholds for each input, while the Dual Stereo mode enables either different compression to be applied to the surround channels, or for the unit to be used as separate four channel and stereo compressors.
?Since Ive been using this compressor, Ive actually gotten better at mixing 5.1, states Nicolson. ?Ive found that Ive been spreading the sound around to all the speakers a lot more, creating a richer sonic environment for the action in the picture with the XLogic. This is a great unit and I am definitely looking forward to using it on other projects.
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 SL 4000 G+ Analogue Consoles.
For further information visit www.solid-state-logic.com.
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