Glasgow, UK (November 20, 2014)—Derek O’Neill, keyboardist with King Creosote, has acquired an SSL Sigma, allowing him to translate mixes between his personal studio and larger facilities.
“I feel like I had hit a brick wall mixing in-the-box in my personal studio,” he says. “The mixes I was doing sounded almost choked and I needed to really work to get a good sound.”
At Chem19, a studio where he records and engineers, he says, “I found the mixes using the [SSL] AWS [console] were great sounding with a lot more depth and clarity. While researching what to add to my home kit to solve my sonic problems, I came across Sigma, this brilliant rack-mounted item created to lift my in-the-box mixing to the next level. I ran previously recorded audio through Sigma during the installation and it made a giant difference. The mix felt a bit wider, had the same clarity and depth as the AWS, and those were the exact qualities I was looking for.”
O’Neill used the Sigma, along with SSL’s stereo bus compressor, during a sound design project for From Scotland with Love, a film and soundtrack released for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. His private studio also allows him to provide an affordable creative haven for up-and-coming groups. Some projects are started in O’Neill’s studio then move to a larger facility for mixing, or vice versa. “Sigma delivers the sonic elements I need to make critical, creative decisions that work well in the outside world and with other studio situations,” O’Neill comments.
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