Pacifique Recording Installs Second SSL Console

Jan 16, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Pacifique Recording Studios (North Hollywood) has installed its second 96-channel Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue console in Studio East. The second XL, as specified by owners Joe, Ken and Vic Deranteriasian, will address the overwhelming demand for XL studio time created by the initial XL installation in Pacifique’s Studio West.

"The power of the XL, the sound quality, the automation and surround sound capabilities have really turned everyone on their ears to the point where we felt compelled to put in the second one," said Ken Deranteriasian. "Pacifique prides itself on having all of the latest and greatest technology available to our clients. We have invested in remodeling both of our control rooms and our lounges."

Producer/engineer Dexter Simmons has recently used Pacifique’s original XL, along with Brad Gilderman, DJ Quick and Jean-Marie Horvat.

"Our clients love every aspect of the console," stated Ken. "They feel that the sound is more open, the EQs are more powerful, the computer offers incredible speed and the automated panning facilities, even for stereo mixes, are excellent."

According to Joe Deranteriasian, "Leading mixers recognize the significance of working on a large-format console because it gives them more power and enhances their creativity. Other platforms, like computer-based mixers, can only imitate the essence of mixing on a large console. For our clients, the mixing experience cannot be duplicated on anything less than an XL, and that is why we bought our second one."

"The internal surround sound mixing capabilities are a big plus," Vic explained. "As surround mixing becomes the norm, the XL gives us capacity to address this market. Also, we worked closely with SSL engineers to integrate our 50-inch plasma display and the Pro Tools computer to be able to switch Pro Tools, the DK audio scope and the SSL computer seamlessly throughout the studio. This capability allows us to quickly view different aspects of a session and still remain focused on the music."

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