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Odds On Records & Studios Reports Busy SSL Duality Room

Odds On Records & Studios’ Studio A control room features a 96-input SSL Duality console.

Since opening its doors in early 2009, the Solid State Logic Duality room (Studio A) at Odds On Records & Studios has been busy with a multitude of high-profile projects. Studio A was conceived as a creative haven for everything from orchestras to rock bands, providing a fully professional and welcoming environment for the artistic process.

Current projects include the recording of a complete string section with the Las Vegas Philharmonic for legendary soft-rock duo Air Supply for its latest album, recording several tracks for the upcoming club/pop group Ultraviolet Sound, a duet project with legendary jazz vocalist “Little” Jimmy Scott, mixing for the grassroots Cali-reggae band Rebelution and recording with pop/R&B singer-songwriter Paula DeAnda.

“Since we opened our doors, the studio’s SSL Duality room, with resident classic outboard gear and microphones, has been slammed with great projects and we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the top artists, engineers and producers who have worked in this space,” says Bobby Ferrari, head of audio production at Odds On Records & Studios. “The room offers artists of all music genres the very best creative environment.”

Studio A’s control room features a 96-channel SSL Duality console, one of the largest in the United States, with an adjoining isolation booth and lounge. The studio also features a wide array of top gear, including Pro Tools HD 40i x 80O and an Ocean Way Monitoring System. Outboard support focuses on a range of tube- and solid-state-based vintage and classic high-end analog audio, with mic pre brands including (but not limited to) Manley, Boulder and Millenia, and with EQs from Pultec, API and GML. Odds On Records & Studios also features classic dynamics gear including vintage UREI LA-3A’s and Universal Audio’s new A/D converters.

Odds On Records & Studios’ live room during an Air Supply session

As one of Odds On Records & Studios’ label artists, legendary group Air Supply recently recorded multiple songs for its upcoming full-length album, scheduled for release early next year. The band wanted to include an 18-piece string section from the Las Vegas Philharmonic to round out one of the tracks; Studio A’s adjoining live room was capable of housing this large group. Air Supply used 26 all-tube microphones, including vintage models from Neumann, Schoeps and AKG, for the recording, along with the extensive amount of other high-end equipment available at the studio. The band is expected to return to the studio later this summer to mix these tracks in Odds On’s SSL 9080 K room.

Another Odds On Records & Studios label band, Ultraviolet Sound, was also recently in the Duality room where the band, joined by noted producer/engineer Steve Greenwell, cut guitars and vocals for two tracks. The group worked on “Dead on the Dancefloor,” which was co-written by Greenwall, and a new single, co-written with noted rock songwriter Desmond Child, which will be going to national radio this fall. Ultraviolet Sound is known for its “club pop” style and is currently working on its sophomore album while also finishing up its 20-date UK tour, which began this past March.

Jazz vocalist “Little” Jimmy Scott has embarked on a duet album/documentary project, which began with the recording of himself and longtime friend and actor Joe Pesci at Odds On Records & Studios. Several tracks were recorded in Odds On’s Studio A SSL Duality room. Dee Dee Bridgewater also joined the session to record a duet with Scott for the project. Produced by Kemper-Music Germany, Ralf Kemper has created a stellar lineup of jazz legends to participate, including Kenny Barron (piano), Joey de Francesco (organ) Oscar Castro Neves (acoustic guitar), John Pisano (electric guitar), James Moody (saxophone), Michael Valerio (bass), Peter Erskine (drums) and Bob Mintzer (tenor sax), plus the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Kemper also recorded duet partners as Diane Schuur, Reneé Olstead, Joe Pesci, Dee Dee Bridgewater and David Sanborn. During the recording sessions, the entire production crew was filmed and photographed to preserve these historic recording sessions.

Rebelution was recently at Odds On working on mixes for its second full-length album, Bright Side of Life, due for release on August 4, 2009. Bright Side of Life features 12 new signature tracks blending the band’s cohesive mix of reggae, rock and hip-hop influences. Formed in 2004, the band comprises Eric Rachmany (vocals/guitar), Rory Carey (keyboards), Wesley Finley (drums) and Marley D. Williams (bass).

Vocalist Paula DeAnda came into Odds On Records & Studios to record a track for her latest follow-up album, due to be released in 2009. Jimmy “Klev” Juarez is producing her upcoming album.

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