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McNally Smith Installs SSL Duality Consoles

The prestigious McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn. has chosen two 48-channel Solid State Logic Duality consoles for each of its two newly renovated studios. Duality combines the legendary sound of the SSL E, G and K Series electronics with extended DAW integration.

Photo: Emma Freeman

“When our chair of Recording Technology, Bryan Forrester, decided to upgrade Studios One and Two, the clear choice became the SSL Duality console,” explains André Fischer (pictured), Dean of Music Industries at the college and celebrated producer of artists such as Natalie Cole, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight and Frank Sinatra. “We needed both practical and functional equipment for the students, many of whom have extensive experience with digital audio software at school and on their home computers. The Duality consoles flawlessly bridge the gap between the all-computer experience of the students and the real-world professional environment in which they will work to create new music.”

With more than 560 students and more than 80 faculty members, McNally Smith College of Music is devoted to excellence in music industry higher education and in developing music industry professionals and entrepreneurs. An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, McNally Smith offers music degrees and programs in Recording Technology, Music Business, Performance and Composition. Studios One and Two are positioned back to back, and the Duality consoles offer two identical production environments, expanding the college’s scheduling and teaching opportunities.

“The Duality offers all kinds of great options for us,” says Forrester. “For example, the use of the new ‘split signal flow architecture,’ which enables any desired combination of analog channel processing to be used in conjunction with a DAW record path, is very powerful. SSL installed the consoles and we were up and running right away. The endless features and ease of operation are amazing.”

“I am a big fan of SSL consoles because I have had great success using them on past projects, and Duality is perfect for McNally Smith’s unique teaching environment and we are thoroughly pleased,” comments Fischer. “SSL always provides a versatile product that is always changing with the times.”

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