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Rik Simpson installs SSL Matrix mixing console in Coldplay’s Beehive Studio

Solid State Logic has announced that Rik Simpson has installed a Matrix mixing console with inbuilt signal router and multi-layer digital workstation control in Coldplay’s Beehive studio in North London.

Rik Simpson at Beehive Studio

Rik Simpson, Coldplay’s producer, invites us to the band’s North London studio to talk about how he records them, and about his long history with SSL, from working with the G Series as a fifteen-year-old to using the Matrix today.

Coldplay set up the Beehive in 2010, and Chris Martin asked Rik to be involved in the design and build of the new studio. The band recorded the majority of the Viva la Vida at the Beehive with Rik as engineer. Viva la Vida went on to win three Grammys and Rik went on to co-produce (as well as engineer) Coldplay’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, at the Beehive last year. He tried out the Matrix in the process – and kept it.

The six-minute video of Rik talking about how he records and mixes the ‘Best British Group’ (BRIT Awards 2012) is available here: www.solidstatelogic.com/music/matrix/video.asp

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Wave Alchemy free sample packs

Wave Alchemy

Our friends at Wave Alchemy have released a number of free sample packs, which are now available to download directly from rekkerd.org.

Wave Alchemy is an innovative sound design company based in Nottingham in the United Kingdom. We specialize in the development of cutting-edge sample libraries which are produced to perfection using a collection of highly sought after vintage and new-age studio equipment.

These freebies are a great taster of their commercial products, so make sure to check the Wave Alchemy website for more high quality royalty free sound libraries.

Wired Electronics

Wave Alchemy Wired Electronics

Wired Electronics is the result of an intensive recording session with Wave Alchemy’s semi-modular synth setup! This 100% free sample pack consists of 74 freshly recorded 24-bit analogue drum samples which have been crafted from the ground up using our semi-modular system and treated through a selection of our favourite signal processors!

Wired Electronics

  • Kit used: Moog Voyager , Moog CP-251 CV processor , Moog VX-351 , Moog MF-107 , Moog MF-101 , Moog MF-102 , Future Retro XS , Korg MS-20.
  • Sound Shaping: Empirical Labs Fatso & Distressor , A-Designs EM-PEQ , Spectra Sonics 610 , Valley People 610 , Thermionic Culture Vulture.

Wired Electronics Downloads: 5625 times

606 Drums

Wave Alchemy 606 Drums

606 Drums by Wave Alchemy serves up 290 drum samples from Roland’s sought-after TR-606 drum machine. The samples included have been lovingly recorded through an API pre-amp with many sounds boasting multiple round robin variations, accent and velocity layers! 606 Drums contains four pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3. Each kit makes extensive use of multiple velocity layers, round robin sample playback techniques and choke groups to create truly expressive sample instruments.

606 Drums

  • Driven Kit – Includes 41 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded and processed through a Thermionic Culture Vulture MV to give a harmonically rich and extremely colourful sound. This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound.
  • Dry Kit – includes a whooping 168 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded clean through an API 512c pre-amp. This kit has been recorded in 96K, 24-bit and includes 8 round robin samples per sound as well as 3 accent / velocity layers per hit!
  • Stereo FX Kit – Includes 41 TR-606 drum samples which have been recorded and abused through a Moog Voyager’s stereo filtering capabilities whilst being controlled by a ton of MoogerFoogers and various other CV gear! This kit sounds almost totally unrecognisable to the true TR-606 sound…
  • Warm Kit – includes 40 TR-606 drum samples which have been treated to generous amounts of vintage compression, EQ and saturation from a range of Wave Alchemy’s extensive outboard collection! This kit includes 5 round robin samples per sound.

606 Drums Downloads: 4864 times

Club Kicks 2

Wave Alchemy Club Kicks 2

Club Kicks 2 serves up 65 speaker shaking kick drum samples from Jomox’s famous AIRBase 99 drum machine. The drum samples included in Club Kicks 2 have been treated with generous amounts of outboard processing and compression, and further harmonically enhanced with a Thermionic Culture Vulture valve distortion box!

Club Kicks 2

  • 65 24bit 100% royalty free kick drum samples which have been recorded through an Agrade signal chain including devices such as the Thermionic Culture Vulture, Empirical Labs Distressor and API 512c preamp.

Club Kicks 2 Downloads: 4182 times

Odyssey FX

Wave Alchemy Odyssey FX

Odyssey FX provides 70 100% royalty free sound effects samples, glitch hits and weird retro noises from the highly soughtafter ARP Odyssey analogue synthesizer. All sound effects have been beautifully recorded through an API 512c preamp in crystal clear 24bit resolution. Whether you produce dance music, acoustic music or design sound for multimedia, game and film, Odyssey FX delivers a great source of weird and wonderful sound effects and is a great addition to any producer’s tool kit.

Odyssey FX

  • 70 24bit 100% royalty free sound effects samples.
  • Swishes, sweeps and falls.
  • Weird hits and stuttered glitch.
  • Retro noises, bleeps and atmospherics inspired by the early Radiophonic Workshop.

Odyssey FX Downloads: 4658 times

Club Kicks

Wave Alchemy Club Kicks

Club Kicks by Wave Alchemy serves up 75 thunderous kick drum samples from Jomox’s famous analogue kick drum module. As with Electrik Drums and Airbase Drums all sounds have been superbly recorded through an API 512c preamp, only this time ALL samples have been enhanced with generous amounts of outboard compression and EQ!
To further this, all 75 samples have then been passed through a Sherman Filterbank distortion unit to add a grittier and more harmonically rich tone! For your convenience we have included both the distorted and predistorted kick drum samples giving you a whooping 150 floor shaking analogue drum hits.

Club Kicks

  • 150 24bit 100% royalty free Club Kick sampled from the Jomox MBase II Drum Machine.
  • 75 kick drums amply processed through highend compressors and EQs.
  • 75 kick drums harmonically enhanced with the Sherman Filterbank filter/distortion unit.
  • Kit List: Jomox MBase 11, API 512c preamp, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8, SSL E Series EQ, SSL E Series Compressor, SPL Transient Designer.

Club Kicks Downloads: 3958 times

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Solid State Logic introduces X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module

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SSL X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module

Solid State Logic has introduced the new X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module.

The new X-Rack Module delivers the same sonic signature as the channel strip processing of SSL’s large format Duality console and the mono X-Rack SuperAnalogue™ Dynamics Module in a stereo configuration. The module is intended for stereo tracking or stem mixing and further extends the availability of SSL’s sonic heritage to studios of all sizes.

“When we first conceived of the AWS 948, we completed work on a stereo dynamics module to match the stereo input capability of the new console,” says Niall Feldman, director of new products for Solid State Logic. “Beyond the AWS 948, however, was the need for a stereo dynamics unit to round out the module offerings for X-Rack. We believe the industry will find this new module extremely valuable over a wide range of recording and mix applications.”

The X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module is a stereo version of the powerful SuperAnalogue™ Dynamics Module. Featuring Compressor/Limiter and Expander/Gate circuits, the Stereo Dynamics Module provides the familiar SSL level control tools for both recording and mixing applications.

The Compressor section can switch between a gentle Soft Knee (Over Easy) RMS compression to a more aggressive Peak Sensing or Hard Knee mode, providing a wide range of leveling control. The secondary circuit can function as either a Noise Gate or an Expander further enhancing the creative sound sculpting possibilities. The feature set is completed by an External Key Input (mono), for triggering the unit from an external sound source, and the ability for multiple adjacent units to be linked.

X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module features

  • +4dBu Operating Level.
  • Balanced Stereo Line 1/4″ Jack Input and Output.
  • RMS or Peak Sense Stereo Compressor/Limiter.
  • Dedicated Gain Reduction Metering.
  • Independently switched Gate/Expander.
  • External Key Input 1/4″ Jack.
  • Link function for multiple modules.

The Stereo Dynamics Module will be available from February 2011 priced at $1,159 USD / £699 GBP / 839.50 EUR.

More information: Solid State Logic / X-Rack

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Universal Audio UAD Software Version 5.8.0, Studer A800 and SSL E Series & G Series plug-ins

Universal Audio has released version 5.8.0 of its software for UAD powered plug-ins.

UAD Software Version 5.8.0 represents a major step forward for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. UAD v5.8.0 includes the amazing new Studer® A800 Mulitchannel Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2, and the officially-sanctioned SSL E Series Channel Strip and SSL G Series Bus Compressor plug-ins (formerly UAD 4K).

UAD Software v5.8

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.8.0

  • New UAD-2 plug-in: UAD Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder.
  • New UAD-2 plug-in: UAD SSL E Series Channel Strip.
  • New UAD-2 plug-in: UAD SSL G Series Bus Compressor.
  • (Mac) UAD drivers are now compatible with 64-bit kernel mode.
  • (Mac) Mac OS 10.4.x “Tiger” is no longer supported.

The UAD Powered Plug-Ins v5.8 Software Installers are now available to download for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS).

More information: Universal Audio

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Solid State Logic Nucleus, DAW Controller and SuperAnalogue audio hub

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Solid State Logic Nucleus

Solid State Logic has announced Nucleus, a unique, high quality DAW Controller and SuperAnalogue™ audio hub for professional project studios.

Nucleus re-defines the professional project studio with a combination of advanced DAW control, transparent SuperAnalogue™ monitoring, high class analogue mic pres, pro quality USB audio interface and bundled SSL Duende plug-ins. There is no other product available which offers the professional producer/engineer all these elements, with benchmark audio performance and elegant ergonomics. Not only is it unique but Nucleus is also outstanding value; these elements bought separately would cost more and deliver a less elegant solution.

Nucleus is a compact desktop unit that creates a comfortable, efficient, hands on operating environment for DAW based Music and Film/TV Post production. It provides everything you need to record and monitor audio and to control your DAW quickly and efficiently without resorting to your mouse. Nucleus streamlines your workflow and helps you focus on your sound, not your screen.

Nucleus features

  • Advanced DAW Controller
    • HUI & MCU control; compatible with ProTools®, Logic®, Cubase/Nuendo® and all major DAW applications.
    • Switch between 3 connected DAW’s with a single button press.
    • Two banks of 8 channel controls plus centre section controls.
    • Touch sensitive 100mm motorised faders.
    • Digital Scribble Strips with assignable V-Pots and soft keys.
    • Completely user customisable DAW & Key Command mapping.
    • Large heavy duty transport buttons and high quality jog/shuttle wheel.
    • Standard 1/4” Jack footswitch connection.
    • Excellent visual feedback via self illuminating buttons, LED’s and DAW Level Metering.
    • Remote Logictivity Browser for effortless configuration.
    • SD card for non volatile project storage.
    • Four USB sockets for use as a 4 port USB hub.
  • Unique audio nerve centre for your project studio
    • Benchmark SuperAnalogue™ quality output to separate +4dBu & -10dBV connections.
    • High quality USB audio interface stereo record and playback path for your DAW.
    • Two Combi XLR mic/line/instrument level inputs to audio interface and monitor outputs.
    • Digital S/PDIF I/O to the AD/DA of the audio interface.
    • Zero latency Rec monitoring with wet/dry control to balance input and DAW playback.
    • SSL SuperAnalogue™ Mic Pre’s, identical to those used on SSL Duality and AWS consoles.
    • Mic inputs have 80Hz High Pass Filters, Phase Reverse and Phantom Power.
    • Insert send/return connections switched between inputs and DAW playback for mixdown.
    • Additional ‘external’ SuperAnalogue™ input monitor path for another audio interface.
    • Two headphone outputs and one iJack monitor input.
  • The Duende Native Essentials Bundle
    • Nucleus includes the Duende Native Essentials Bundle of VST/AU/RTAS plug-ins which includes; The SSL Channel EQ & Dynamics plug-in and the Stereo Bus Compressor plug-in.

Nucleus will be available from SSL Resellers Worldwide from Dec 2010 priced at £3000 GBP / 3599 EUR / $4999 USD (prices excl. VAT).

More information: Solid State Logic / Nucleus

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Solid State Logic Stereo EQ, new module for X-Rack modular rack

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SSL Stereo EQ Module

Solid State Logic has announced the Stereo EQ Module, a new module for the X-Rack modular rack system.

The X-Rack Stereo EQ Module is a stereo version of SSL’s console Channel EQ. It is a classic SSL four-band parametric EQ that is a superb all round frequency adjustment tool kit. Whether you need pinpoint accuracy for surgical problem solving, smoother broader sound shaping, or a little more aggressive character the SSL Stereo EQ will give you what you need. This is a fully featured EQ with high- and low-bands switchable between shelving or fixed Q bell curves and two mid-bands each with variable Q control. This stereo version introduces a ‘Selective Mode’ switch which enables independent switching of high & low bands and mid bands between SSL’s E & G series console EQ characteristics to provide an even more versatile EQ design.

Stereo EQ Module features

  • Stereo version of the XL 9000 K Channel Equaliser as used on Duality & AWS consoles.
  • ‘Selective Mode’ E and G characteristic switching, which enables independent switching of high & low bands and mid bands between E or G curves.
  • High and low-bands switchable between shelving and fixed Q Bell curves.
  • EQ IN switch for A/B comparison.
  • Rear panel connections on balanced TRS Jack.
  • TotalRecall™ status LEDs.

More information: Solid State Logic / Stereo EQ Module

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Solid State Logic X-Patch Remote Control, iPhone App for X-Patch devices

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Solid State Logic X-Patch Remote Control

Solid State Logic has released the X-Patch Remote Control, a free iPhone App for SSL’s X-Patch analogue routing matrix.

The X-Patch Remote Control from Solid State Logic® searches a network over Wi-Fi for SSL’s X-Patch devices and then lists and recalls the in-built Logictivity® presets. There are up to 128 presets per X-Patch found, and where more than one X-Patch is found, each device can be independently selected and controlled.

Solid State Logic has evolved over the past 40 years to become the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals.

X-Patch is designed to deliver the flexibility of plug-in style routing to boutique analogue signal processing. X-Patch allows analogue signal processing units to be built into favourite processing chains and then easily placed into signal paths, for example, favourite Mic Pre, EQ & Dynamics processors recalled as the perfect vocal chain at a single stroke.

At its heart, X-Patch is an ‘intelligent’ 16×16 SuperAnalogue(tm) audio routing matrix. Control of this sophisticated processing is made simple through SSL’s unique Logictivity Browser; this allows the graphical creation of X-Y routes and chains with all configurations able to be saved as presets.

In a studio environment X-Patch speeds up workflow and aids creativity by reducing the constant physical re-patching required when using only a patch bay for routing. Each X-Patch unit also has local MIDI IO for connection to footswitches and other utility MIDI program change devices.

X-Patch Remote Control is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

More information: Solid State Logic / X-Patch Remote Control

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