SSL Mic System Used on Fuel Album

Apr 21, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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While recording Fuel’s latest project, producer Michael Beinhorn and multiple Grammy Award-winner Frank Filipetti used the Solid State Logic XL SuperPre SuperAnalogue Remote Signal Acquisition microphone preamp system at Chalice Recording Studios.

"We listened to a wide variety of microphone preamps because we were recording guitars and we wanted to find the best ones for the job," said Beinhorn. "Out of all the microphone preamps that we tried, the results were definitely a revelation. The [SSL's] response was faster than everything else, and the detail on them was really spectacular to the point that the artist was actually able to notice the improvement over their experience with other gear."

According to Filipetti, "The results were especially eye-opening because we put the SSL’s up against vintage, discrete circuit mic pre’s, and the SSL SuperPre’s were better. One, they have a lot of bottom-end power and, at the same time, they have a lot of air and openness at the top. They were also very smooth in the upper mids. It is a very nice combination and I wish we could have used them on the entire project."

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