Bob Ludwig (left) and Adam Ayan with Gateway Mastering’s new SSL XLogic compressors
Mastering guru Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine, recently took delivery of two Solid State Logic XLogic compressors from equipment sales, design and technical service company Professional Audio Design (PAD). The XLogic will reside in the room primarily operated by Ludwig and will handle the growing demand for surround mastering, while the XLogic G Series compressor will be located in the stereo room, which is operated by Ludwig’s protégé, Adam Ayan.
“In the analog domain, there are very few compressors that are specifically designed for 5.1 operations,” says Ludwig, who has mastered albums for everyone from Bruce Springsteen to the Barenaked 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. 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 SSL XLogic units will give Gateway an industry-recognized sonic standard,” adds Ludwig. “The flexibility of having a stereo and a 6-channel compressor with the same basic compression characteristics gives our facility the opportunity to deliver similar service from both rooms.”