Prominent music producer and engineer/mixer David Tickle recently took delivery of a Solid State Logic AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System, winner of the 2005 TEC Award for Large Format Console Technology, for his private production studio in Hawaii.
“We’re running Pro Tools|HD3 Accel here, but mixing-wise, the analog world is still the best,” Tickle commented. “The bottom line is that my records sound significantly better if I can mix them in the analog domain. The AWS 900 interacts with Pro Tools perfectly, allows me to use my vintage gear, and my plug-in window allows me to access everything right here at the console. It’s great to be making records without a mouse again.”
As engineer, mixer, producer and sound designer, Tickle has worked with such artists as Split Enz, Divinyls, Rod Stewart, Jackson Browne, Prince (for whom he co-produced and mixed five albums), U2 (co-producer/mixer of Rattle and Hum), Peter Gabriel (world tour sound designer), Joe Cocker and Blondie. He also recorded the Alfie soundtrack, featuring Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.
“I’ve been working with Pro Tools for over eight years here in Hawaii,” said Tickle. “But there are major maintenance concerns here in the tropics and it just wasn’t realistic to have a large traditional or vintage console. When SSL came along with this compact design, it was all my dreams come true in one box.”