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Solid State Logic Matrix

Solid State Logic Matrix

Giant consoles are certainly not extinct. They remain an invaluable resource to making certain kinds of productions and to making certain stages of productions.

Sometimes the most innovative products are at first the most misunderstood. Through my process of reviewing the new small-format SSL Matrix console, I realized what a gaping hole of functionality there has been in project studio land ever since the diminutive DAW replaced the console as the producer’s production centerpiece. SSL calls Matrix “the new standard in project studio integration,” and I agree. There are other audiophile-quality analog/digital hybrid systems that interface with DAWs to a finite degree of repeatability and automation, as are there a multitude of dedicated digital audio workstation controllers. Matrix is the first offering from a top console manufacturer surgically aimed at the professional project-studio-based producer whose analog gear and DAW are equally integral to making records.

Matrix will most immediately appeal to those who aspire to use or have used fullfeatured control surfaces or mixing consoles, but it might just convert some serious mouse draggers, too. read more…

Yamaha DM2000 Digital Console. New school features with an old school feel.

Yamaha DM2000 Digital Console. New school features with an old school feel.

It wasn’t that long ago that a traditional large-format console was an absolute necessity to really be able to do a reasonable mix, but, as they say, the paradigm has shifted. And even though DAW’s are now the focal point in just about all studios, making desktop mixing a possibility as a result, many mixers still prefer to mix traditionally on a console with faders in hand. With that in mind, the real leap in technology is not so much the ability to mix in the DAW as much as the amount of power that can be had in a digital console these days. The features that a couple of hundred grand used to buy can now be had for a mere fraction, and perhaps the most powerful of this new breed is Yamaha’s DM2000, a console that is breathtaking in both its features and capability. read more…

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