The Dozier Centre for the Performing Arts, a performing arts center in the suburbs of Atlanta, has taken delivery of a Solid State Logic AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System. The AWS 900+, slated for the 85,000-square-foot facility’s recording and media production school, marks the facility’s fourth SSL console, complementing a pair of C200 digital production consoles and an XL 9080 K Series SuperAnalogue™ console.
“The AWS 900 is the only console that fits the bill for education,” says James Majors, the Dozier Centre’s chief engineer. “Being an analog console, it covers the analog side of audio production, from gain structure to every other traditional aspect of recording. Plus, it’s a workstation controller, so you can teach Pro Tools, as well. To install only a DAW controller would lose the entire analog side, which is very important. Analog is still the starting point.
“The continuity with the other consoles is also important,” Majors adds. “In my opinion, SSL is still the standard. Going from one console to the other is also very easy. And they all sound great. I’ve been working on the C200s a lot, and they’re just fantastic.”
“We feel that SSL is the right choice for a facility of this nature,” continues James Matchack, executive director of the Dozier Centre. “Obviously, there were other choices, but SSL is the only company providing a range of products and services that met our needs.”
The Dozier Centre includes an 1,800-square-foot recording studio featuring the XL 9080 K Series console and a 300-square-foot mix room featuring a C232. Also housed in the Dozier Centre is a 700-seat 5.1 concert hall/theater with a front-of-house C224 fully recallable console that will be used for live, mix-to-picture and film.
Additionally, the complex contains approximately 23,000 square feet of rehearsal rooms, a full choral chamber and orchestral room, and more than 3,000 square feet of jazz, tap and ballet studios. It is scheduled to open this month, with the recording studio’s opening slated for January 2007.