Dave Reitzas at Larrabee Sound Studios’ new SSL XL 9080 K
Photo: Edward Colver
Larrabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles recently installed a new Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue™ Console in their Studio 1. The console is the second room at the facility upgraded to an XL 9080 K.
Engineer David Reitzas christened the new board on a project by new artist Jennifer Crestol. “I spent so much time with the J Series that the transition to the 9K was seamless,” says Reitzas, who in the past has worked at Larrabee with Madonna, Whitney Houston and Barbara Streisand, among others. “The automation is very intuitive. With most of the tracks coming from a DAW these days it makes the workflow easier by being able to integrate the DAW monitor into the SSL center section. I still love to mix on large consoles. I’ll never get tired of sliding my chair around and pushing faders and turning knobs.”
Russell, who recently mixed Toni Braxton’s single “Please” on the new XL 9000 K Series, comments, “The computers got so much faster that offline trims and reference mixes can be created instantly. I can also drive this console a little bit more because it behaves nicer as it reaches its maximum headroom. The sound is more open and successfully challenges current HD digital standards while providing unbelievably good quality. Everyone is very happy with the work done on the console in Studio 1 from Toni Braxton to TLC and a new rapper out of Chicago called Fever.”
“The decision to move into the second 9000 K was entirely client driven,” says Larrabee Sound Studios owner Kevin Mills. “Simply put, the 9000 K creates its own demand and we have seen steady booking since the installation in January. It is a winner for our business.”
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