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Music Production

Dual Dualities for Ty Fy Studios

New desk put to work at Disney.

Orlando, FL (July 2, 2018)—Ty Fy Studios, responsible for the audio content in Disney’s theme park and cruise line attractions, has brought in a 48-channel SSL Duality δelta Pro-Station with winged frame for Studio A and a 24-channel Duality δelta for Studio C.

Ty Fy Studios is an audio production company based at the Roy E. Disney Production Center. Dan Fontana, Ty Fy Studios owner and chief engineer, usually occupies Studio A, with the Duality Pro-Station and its large live room. Dan Scott is in Studio B. Tommy Bailey is in C, which offers the new 24-channel console, and Stephen Marro uses Studio D.

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“We do anything from simple voiceovers to full-on Broadway-style productions,” says Fontana. “We wear a lot of hats—as recording engineers, editors, sound designers, composers and more. We have to be ready for anything.”

The Duality in Studio A is used for both tracking and mixing, and as the first of the facility’s two SSLs to be installed, made the initial impact: “It really changed our lives in the studio. Before we had this analogue front end, our mixes were okay, of course, but as soon as we were able to split our mixes out on the 48 channels, using the SuperAnalogue Mix bus, everything just lit up—sprinkled analog magic. We are now using the SSL for everything, which is why we bought a second one.”

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Fontana attributes much of the console’s usefulness to the flexibility of its channel strip. “The console has consolidated my workflow and made my job a lot easier.” he explains. “The options on the channel strip—on the amps and the harmonic drive circuit, and on the EQ and so on—are fantastic. The fact that I can reach up and dial in the best amps and EQs and compressors in the world, multiplied by 48, has been wonderful.”

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