Blast Recording Studios, a new facility in the basement of Albion House in Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), is attracting projects from major record labels, including Sony and BMG. The studio incorporates a control room equipped with a Solid State Logic AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System, a live room, a programming suite, a machine room, a lounge and a kitchen.
“We chose an SSL AWS 900 because it fit with our studio in terms of size, scale, status and the fact that it marries analog and digital recording perfectly,” explains owner Steve Nelson. “We find that the AWS 900 gives us true analog sound with the DAW control that we need. We have also planned a 5.1 surround-sound upgrade. The AWS 900 will be ready for this move without any changes to the console.”
Blast’s first customers—producers Nigel Wright and Robin Sellars—used the AWS 900 to record vocal overdubs for Andy Abraham, a second-place finalist in this year’s televised X Factor competition.