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Wells Adapts to ITB with SSL

Producer/engineer Greg Wells (Elton John, Celine Dion, The Greatest Showman) has been using SSL gear for his ITB workflows.

Greg Wells
Greg Wells

Los Angeles, CA (February 24, 2020)—Adapting to the in-the-box workflow, Grammy-winning Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer Greg Wells has adopted SSL’s Sigma Delta summing engine, using the Bus A/B architecture and Delta control in his L.A. studio.

“It’s just a different vibe,” says Wells. “Mixing in the box has never sounded better. I’m an old man; I used to be a studio musician all through the ‘90s, so I remember making lots of recordings and demos on tape because there were no computers that could record audio reliably.”

Using the Sigma Delta reminds Wells of those analog days, he says. The rack mounting SuperAnalogue mixer provides Wells with full, synchronized control via the Sigma Remote Control Application and Delta-Control DAW plugins.

“There’s a sexiness to it and a musical immediacy that I really love. I also love the physicality of the gear—it reminds me of great, older recordings. There’s a romanticism to it for me.”

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With the Sigma Delta, Wells found a way to mix in the box that suited him. “One day I thought, I have to do this in the box, I’ve got to figure out a way. Now, I’m happy mixing entirely on the computer. I love great analog gear, I love great consoles, and I love faders. I love just having it all in front of me. The Sigma just hits me differently; there’s something a little extra fun about the way it sounds.”

Wells’ talents have helped shift a total of over 125 million albums for artists such as Elton John, Adele, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, OneRepublic, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Aerosmith, with streaming numbers in the billions. The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, produced and mixed by Wells, was the biggest selling album of 2018.

Solid State Logic •