Tony Maserati Uses SSL Board on New Beyonce Album

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Using Solid State Logic’s XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue console for the first time, Tony Maserati completed the production on Beyonce’s recent Number One album Dangerously in Love at the Hit Factory, Studio 3.

Although Maserati has worked on Solid State Logic consoles since 1985, he was still surprised by the ease of his transition to mixing on the SSL XL 9000 K. “I was really amazed at how quickly I was able to start mixing on this console,” said Maserati. “In the blink of an eye, I was going back and forth between Pro Tools and the XL 9000 K’s new faster console computer, helping me to take the creative ideas that I had in my head and seamlessly integrate them through the console. Overall, working on the ‘K’ made the entire mixing process better and faster. One of the other features on the XL 9000 K that I really appreciated was the mix bus. I like a big wide-open two bus with a lot of headroom so I can hear the depth of field and imaging better. Also, the XL 9000 K’s improved bandwidth leads to the console’s overall enhanced sound.

“When you are mixing an album, there is a challenge every day and every minute," he continued. "The XL 9000 K enabled me to overcome the challenges associated with every song quicker than any other console I’ve ever worked on. The ability to have Pro Tools in the center section of the console was clearly a significant upgrade that led to the console’s increased functionality for me.”

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