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Chemical Bros. Go SSL

The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands has installed a 48-channel SSL Duality console in his private studio.

London, UK (May 18, 2011)–The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands has installed a 48-channel SSL Duality console in his private studio, Rowlands Audio Research.

The Duality provides the signal routing, channel count and DAW integration needed for new The Chemical Brothers projects covering writing, production and mixing. “As we got into ever larger creative sessions, it became clear that we needed the 48-channel Duality over our original AWS 900,” says Rowlands, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo. “As we capture to Logic, Duality has the same on-board DAW control features as the AWS, so we did not need to learn an entirely different system. Essentially, Duality gives us what we had with the AWS, while delivering the added channel count we needed to move forward in our work.”

Since the Duality was installed, it has been put to work for the duo’s soundtrack and album work. Duality was used on The Chemical Brothers’ contribution to composer Clint Mansell’s score for the film Black Swan and the complete score for the upcoming release of director Joe Wright’s first action movie, Hanna.

“Duality was a good choice for us on many levels,” asserts Rowlands. “It is a very powerful console, yet it is straightforward and easy to use. We did not need to have a dedicated machine room as the console does not draw too much power, so it fits perfectly within our existing facility. The transition from the AWS to Duality was smooth and allowed us to take on projects immediately. Beyond the two movie soundtracks, we have mixed some of The Chemical Brothers material and the results were great.”

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