Since the December 2006 installation of a 48-fader Solid State Logic Duality console, Studio B at Montreal’s Studios Piccolo has been the scene of non-stop activity. Several major artists have booked and completed long-term projects.
Most recently, well-known Canadian recording artist Kevin Parent completed the mix of his first English language album. The project, which occupied Studio B throughout much of January and February, included bassist Tony Levin and was mixed by engineer Rob Heany (pictured).
The Kevin Parent sessions were immediately followed by a two-week lockout for top Francophone artist Isabelle Boulay, also mixed by Heany; and a 5.1 mix for Canadian legend Jean-Pierre Ferland’s upcoming DVD. Studios Piccolo co-owner Denis Savage (Celine Dion, Sting, David Foster) created the surround mix for Ferland, who was recently elected to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
After mixing the Kevin Parent album on Duality, Heany recalls, “I wanted to mix my next projects on the console, too. As far as the imaging, it’s the best console I’ve ever heard. When I do tiny little increments of imaging shifts, I hear it very precisely for the first time. The low end is so focused. The thing I like the best is, when I opened tracks recorded on another console on the Duality, everything was a lot more present. Suddenly, there was more focus in the low-mid and low end; it was very deep but very clear. It’s a really brilliant console, and the EQ is phenomenal.
“I’ve been working on Nuendo for the past four or five years, and this is the first time I worked with a controller that really talked well with Nuendo,” Heany adds. “Duality matches up perfectly.”
“The Duality attracts a lot of attention,” adds Studios Piccolo sales manager René Aubé. “We’ve been getting a lot of demand for time in Studio B, and many producers and engineers are coming by to check it out, as well.” Studios Piccolo’s Studio C has a Solid State Logic AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System.