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Composer/Producer Benny Andersson Installs SSL Duality Console

Mono Music’s studio manager, Bernard Lohr.

A Solid State Logic Duality console has been installed in composer/producer Benny Andersson’s Mono Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The 96-channel Duality allows the studio to maintain the classic SuperAnalogue sound of SSL consoles and take advantage of full integration with the latest digital audio workstations.

“I wanted to see a new generation of analog mixers designed to work with a DAW rather than tape recorders,” says studio manager, Bernard Lohr (pictured). “After testing several large-format desks, we were contacted by SSL, and they showed us the specs of the new Duality. I really liked the concept and felt straightaway that this was the next-generation analog desk. It feels like you are working more within the world of the DAW you are using. I am working in Pro Tools right now and it is so much more integrated—very close and tight.”

Lohr works with major pop artists at Mono Music, having recorded and mixed singles for Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Westlife and Céline Dion, among others. “Recently, I’ve also been doing some special ABBA projects,” he adds, “like the ABBA In Concert DVD and the new release of ABBA: The Movie, which we’ve remastered in 5.1. One of the reasons we needed a newer desk was 5.1-channel audio, and the surround facilities on Duality are terrific. The new surround panning is great—no other desk has anything like it.

“I’ve been working on SSLs since 1985,” Lohr concludes, “so I know them really well. Duality compares so well, with its sound and also the EQ and dynamics. Even if I hadn’t tried it before buying, I knew that it would be top quality.”

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