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Finishing Move Go Outboard with SSL

An SSL Fusion stereo outboard processing unit fuels the game audio company’s analog chain.

Oakland, CA (December 2, 2019)—Finishing Move, an award-winning production duo who compose music and sound design for games, television, film and ad campaigns, have been using an all-analog SSL Fusion stereo outboard processor for their game score work.

60 Seconds with Phil Wagner, Solid State Logic

Principal composers Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, who have backgrounds in music as well as in marketing and advertising, later progressing to writing jingles and collaborating on projects, met 10 years ago in San Francisco. They formed Finishing Move and hit the ground running when working on the music for Xbox game Halo 2: Anniversary, a remastered version of Halo 2.

White was first introduced to SSL’s Fusion two years ago, after selling all his analog gear. “I never really reclaimed what I was missing, so I finally bit the bullet [with Fusion] and I went back out of the box for my master chain. I started building that piece-by-piece to get a sound that I wanted,” he said.

“Typically, I have a bigger mastering chain that has a couple of transformer processors and a couple of compressors, and then the Fusion. I instantly loved the drive control on it — the sound of cascading transformers is a great start, but I was still missing something. Fusion was the missing piece of the puzzle: it’s not killing my dynamics, it’s filling up the sound in a way that behaves really nicely on cinematic stuff with strings and big drums, but also sounds amazing on pop, rock and EDM. That’s the cornerstone of how I use the Fusion: I love the drive control. I would pay the price of the unit for just the drive control.”

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He added, “The other parts are also great, like the EQ — and the high frequency compressor is another amazing tool that most people don’t think about. They don’t thing about de-essing their whole mix, but when you’ve got a bunch of really harsh sample libraries and stuff that’s gone through the wringer, and been converted 1,000 times, it can have some nasty artifacts and aliasing.

“The high frequency compressor really helps settle that down in a way that’s a little bit more natural because it’s an analog circuit; you can drive it into this tape-style high frequency roll-off, and that is really great.”

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