Neal Pogue Chooses SSL J and K Series Consoles for Outkast Mixes

Mar 8, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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“Hey Ya!” Mix engineer Neal Pogue (pictured) has used Solid State Logic consoles throughout his 10-plus year career with Grammy Award-winning duo Outkast. Pogue recently mixed seven tracks on Andre 3000’s “The Love Below,” (one-half of Outkast’s latest release) including hit single “Hey Ya!” Pogue mixed six of Andre’s creations at Larrabee North Studios in Universal City, Calif. on an SSL SL 9000 J Series SuperAnalogue console, but traveled to New York’s Hit Factory to use an SSL XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue console for “Hey Ya!”

On “Hey Ya!,” Outkast’s Grammy Award-winning debut single off of the double-disc, Pogue needed to make Andre’s acoustic guitar shine on top of the mix in order to polish the upbeat, “party” song. While many engineers tend to add elements to achieve a desired effect on a given track, Pogue took a different approach.

“I am a huge fan of cutting frequencies,” he explains. “And EQ’ing Andre’s acoustic was a tedious process. I used the EQs on the console to take the bass out of his guitar, because he has a really big-body type of guitar, so I had to trim the frequency a lot at 300 Hz by about –2 dB. That’s the secret, not to add anything, because usually when you do that, you are just adding brittleness.”

In addition to the EQ needs on Andre’s guitar, Pogue was also faced with making the two programmed drum tracks on “Hey Ya!” sound as if they were recorded live. The task was accomplished due to a combination of Andre’s diligent programming work and the built-in compression on the SSL XL 9000 K Series console.

In other SSL news, the company now offers the XLogic Series of outboard gear. Developed from SSL’s XL 9000 K Series console, each XLogic unit features the company’s world-class SuperAnalogue™ audio quality. The products can be used with a wide variety of applications, such as high-resolution digital recording for the latest DAW systems and compression for DVD mastering.

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