Duality is Key Piece in the Puzzle for Incredible Blend of Old and New
NEW YORK â€“ Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Ann Mincieli, who has worked in the finest studios around the world on projects for Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Usher, to name just a few, has taken her extensive experience and applied it to building the spectacular Jungle City Studios in Manhattanâ€™s Chelsea District. A Solid State Logic Duality SE was chosen as the main console of the Penthouse Suite control room.
â€œThe vision that I had for Jungle City Studios was to create a retro futuristic work of art recording facility based on my travels around the world working with great artists in great studios,â€? says Mincieli. â€œI also wanted to build a creative sanctuary for the artists, producers and engineers who felt that NYC lost a lot of its recording scene in recent years. Everyone who knows me knows I have a lot of passion for the industry and the right gear.â€?
With such a wealth of experience Ann is perfectly placed to comment on how Duality compares to legacy SSL consoles and where it fits in to todayâ€™s production workflow. â€œThe Duality gives me a number of benefits,â€? states Mincieli. â€œIt definitely sounds like SSL and itâ€™s a dual function desk that has every bell and whistle found on any older SSL console. The headroom for the â€˜2â€™ bus is great as well. I grew up on SSL desks and all the variations of them, so I am very familiar with the sound and functionality. I love the depth of the EQâ€™s and I love that SSL took the best of each legacy console and incorporated it into Duality. I chose Duality to be an important piece of the puzzle for creating my main recording room.â€?
â€œHonestly, depending on what I am doing, I mostly work direct in Pro Tools. I use the console for the sound of it. I use it for my Pro ToolsÂ® returns, mixing and patching,â€? Mincieli explains. â€œA lot of mixers like to sit in the center section and use the DAW features like the transport, calling up some plug-in parameters and being able to go to cue points. Everyone works differently. Every producer and artist I work with has a different way of working and a different flow. Because of Dualityâ€™s DAW control capabilities, it gives me the ability to work in and out of the box if I choose, to adjust and be versatile for the artistsâ€™ needs.â€?
Mincieli has also gathered together the best new equipment combined with classic gear to be able to bring an extremely wide sonic palette to each project.
â€œBecause of the amount of outboard gear I have, I love to be able to patch up the right units for the particular sound I am looking for and be able to really use the headroom on Duality,â€? continues Mincieli. â€œThe ability to have three stereo busses and three different mixes is really cool, especially when I am patching different gear on those stereo busses. When I track vocals or guitars or drums, I use a lot of my other mic preâ€™s to get the sounds I need. I have everything from V76â€™s, to Neve 1073â€™s, Porticoâ€™s, APIâ€™s and Chandler Preâ€™s. I look at engineering as a work of art, and all these mic preâ€™s are used depending on the sound an artist or producer is going for. It starts with the artist and the vision of the song and album. I wonâ€™t be quoted as saying I only use one thing, itâ€™s not who I am about artistically as an engineer but SSL is one of the incredible tools in my toolbox.â€?
When building the magnificent Jungle City Studios, time and care was taken to make this facility a statement for the future of recording in New York City, while delivering a sophisticated tribute to the past. It is a superb blueprint for the way things can and should be done and how that benefits the creative process.
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