When Conway Recording owner Buddy Brundo upgraded Studio B, he chose a Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue console to handle mixing projects.
"We have a J Series in Studio C and that room has been booked solid for the past six years, so the logical extension for Studio B had to be the next-generation console from SSL, and that is the XL," said Brundo.
Studio B, part of Conway’s 48,000-square-foot campus, features a 25x20-foot control room with a large window overlooking scenic outdoor gardens and a small isolation booth for overdubs or voice-overs. As the XL is surround-ready, Conway is outfitting the room for 5.1 monitoring. "The 5.1 people usually bring in their own speakers," said Brundo. "But for the XL, we decided to install a complete surround-capable monitor system that meets the sonic specifications of the room.
"The center of the XL console has a video monitor in it that is compatible with Pro Tools," he continued. "The engineer can now run the Pro Tools from the console, so he doesn’t have to turn around to an outboard computer screen. The operator can be right there in the sound field throughout the mix, boosting the creative flow of a session. Engineers today are so busy running around like maniacs from studio to studio that they really don’t have the time to learn new automation systems, much less an entire control surface; they just want to come in, sit down at the console and work. Everyone is very comfortable with the SSL automation already, especially if they have worked on a J Series, so the transition to the XL is very smooth."