mediaHYPERIUM studios Purchases SSL XLogic 5.1 Compressor

Nov 14, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Los Angeles-based mediaHYPERIUM studios, a facility primarily creating 5.1 SACD re-releases and internal classical and jazz productions, has purchased the first Solid State Logic XLogic 5.1 Compressor (pictured) to handle final mix signal dynamics. The new outboard XLogic 5.1 provides a linkable approach to surround sound compressing with flexible metering and level monitoring of compression interaction.

“We were on the lookout for an integrated compressor that was built from the ground up to handle 5.1 situations,” said Ted White, chief engineer for mediaHYPERIUM. “While other boutique-type manufacturers have tagged together 5.1 compressors from existing stereo and mono models, SSL has taken their 5.1 compressor from the XL 9000 K Series console that was specifically designed for surround mixing and HD audio and put it in a rack package. This clearly makes the XLogic the compressor of choice.”

mediaHYPERIUM Studios has formed an alliance with Philips Electronics where mediaHYPERIUM is the reference facility for Super Audio CD releases in the United States. They also completed 32 releases this year for Concord Records. “We have a 56-channel console that drives a large multichannel Pyramix DSD workstation,” said White. “The XLogic 5.1 compressor will add several benefits to our system. First, the degree of control over all six channels is superior. The metering can tell you where the energy is within the surround field so we can apply the right amount of compression in the right location to yield maximum levels for a mix before overload. Second, we will gain the sonic quality and character of the compressor that SSL is so famous for when we pass our program signals through the unit. And, finally, the compressor has the necessary bandwidth and clarity to match the SACD specification.”

mediaHYPERIUM will be using the XLogic 5.1 Compressor on upcoming re-releases on SACD from Vanguard and Sugar Hill, including Sinead O’Connor, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Guy, as well as the new Ray Charles release for Concord Records. According to White, B.B. King, Billy Joel, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Van Morrison have signed on to perform duets with Ray Charles for the 5.1 SACD.

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