The Record Factory keeps it real with SSL
KOREA: A Solid State Logic AWS 924 hybrid console has been installed at the Record Factory Music Academy in Seoul, South Korea. The desk will be used by the college’s students as ‘an essential component’ of the hands-on, real-world curriculum.
The school has been host to more than 1,000 students since it was first established and has increasingly gained a reputation for its advanced programme and knowledgable faculty. The goal of the Academy is to provide practical workshops covering everything audio – from Midi production to in-studio engineering and even music video creation.
The establishment recently opened one of the largest private music production facilities in the country at the Seoul Arts Centre. But before jumping head first into buying equipment, time was taken to explore the options.
‘We considered a number of other consoles to equip Record Factory’s studios,’ said Jong Hee Park, Record Factory CEO. ‘But the AWS was the only one that could meet our expectations. Our mission is to give students real-world experience in a rapidly changing music scene, so we needed to build a very modern and innovative studio. The AWS is perfect for our studio because of its hybrid design that excels in both analogue and digital-based production. It’s like having both an analogue console and a very well made DAW controller together. It allows our students to concentrate on the sound, rather than struggling with a mouse and keyboard.’
According to Mr Park, the AWS’ sonic quality was immediately apparent to the engineers when they routed previously recorded audio through the console. ‘The difference was obvious,’ he stated. ‘We actually decided to remix some of our in-the-box mixes because we love the extra sparkle that we could only get from the AWS. The clarity was so great, it felt like we had removed curtains between the mix engineer and the speakers.’
Aside from the sound quality and flexibility that the desk offers, practicality was also a key feature. ‘The console’s small footprint allowed two additional isolation booths to be added in the control room,’ continued Mr Park. ‘Our instructors and students are amazed by its clever ergonomic design, flexibility and, of course, signature sound, which is absolutely amazing. We especially love the high-input headroom and pristine signal path. The AWS definitely has the warmth and musical harmonic character that we expect from a highly respected analogue console.’