â€œNow I really can mix a track in a day and not want to change it, and that has never happened before.â€?
OXFORD, ENGLAND â€“ Solid State Logic, the worldâ€™s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles, is pleased to announce that Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, has just installed a Solid State Logic Duality console/DAW controller at the heart of his studio.
It was 2002 that saw Original Pirate Material, The Streetsâ€™ debut long-player, launch Skinnerâ€™s minimalist orchestrations and street-savvy lyrics into the mainstream, garnering awards from all quarters along the way. Almost a decade later, early 2011 saw Computers and Blues released, the last of five albums put out under The Streets moniker. Perhaps signposting Skinnerâ€™s change of direction as a producer, Computers and Blues also signals a major change of style â€“ to date heâ€™s mixed almost exclusively in the box, but with Duality heâ€™s getting back to analogue. Duality is all about facilitating and accelerating the creative process in a number of ways. Like so many users, Skinner chose Duality because he was looking for a specific sound but quickly found that it also let him work faster and more intuitively.
â€œSince we got Duality, our way of working has completely changed,â€? says Skinner. â€œI was probably one of the first people in the charts to be totally in the box. My first album was completely done in Logicâ€¦ well, they were all done completely in Logic. Now I find working with a console is just a million times faster and more human than producing in the box. But whatâ€™s more liberating for me is that stuff just sounds right. Now I really can mix a track in a day and not want to change it, and that has never happened beforeâ€¦ you know, stuff took weeks and weeks to mix in the box because it never quite sounded right, because I was always trying to make it sound like it had been mixed on an SSL.
â€œFor me the analogue is all about the sound. And I didnâ€™t actually get Duality as an aid to my workflowâ€¦ but as soon as we got it, it was just like, â€˜why did I not consider that sitting in front of a computer with a mouse is just very mentally draining?â€™ I like being able to flip the faders from the analogue to the digital domain and with a desk you can do more than one thing at one time â€“ and thatâ€™s the answer, really. In a computer you can only do one thing at a time, but with Duality what I find is that Iâ€™m doing everything at the same time.â€?
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