Global aspirations lead MLB to SSL
KOREA: As part of an improvement project at its studio and workshop facilities to support an ever-growing student body, South Korea’s Music Lab Busan (MLB) has installed an SSL AWS 924 console in its multipurpose Studio A control room and an XL-Desk in Studio C. The new desks were supplied by SSL’s partner, Gearlounge.
The aim of the MLB is to provide an opportunity for local musicians, producers and engineers to learn about and create music across a wide range of genres, with the ultimate ambition of invigorating the local music industry enough to make it a ‘self-sustaining cultural haven for popular music’, despite Busan’s distance from the capital. Bong Won Shin, the house engineer at MLB, is focusing on teaching at MLB, as well as developing a new career of his own in composition, while all the time keeping his eyes on a bigger prize. ‘In South Korea, most cultural infrastructures and facilities are concentrated around Seoul, which means that other smaller cities tend to suffer from a lack of investment. Ultimately, we want to take the Korean music to the global market,’ he stated.
With a number of K-pop productions already mixed and mastered at the studios – a genre that has until recently been mainly Seoul-based – the purchase is reportedly paying dividends.
Studio A features a large rehearsal and live room for bands, orchestras, and choirs, and a well-equipped control room with the new AWS 924 taking pride of place next to the mastering console, so students can be mixing and mastering at the same time. Studio B is the Digital Music Production room, while Studio C, which houses a new XL-Desk, is a smaller tracking room intended mainly for vocal and solo instrument recordings. In addition there is a teaching/lecture room for classroom-style learning.
‘SSL consoles are famous around the world for their sound and their flexibility,’ explained Gearlounge marketing director, Howon Lee. ‘Each one is a masterpiece. The SuperAnalogue signal path puts no limits on genre or style, and the DAW control on the AWS is an extremely powerful feature. Both consoles are ideal for a facility like MLB.’
The house engineer agrees: ‘SSL consoles are a standard among studio mixing consoles – they are classic, creative, and flexible. They’re the best choice for students who want to be professional recording and mixing engineers.’