When it comes to both analogue and digital audio consoles, Solid State Logic is the real deal. The Oxfordshire-based manufacturer has provided universally recognized gear for more than 3000 studios and facilities worldwide, and has regional offices in Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, and Tokyo.
Full Sail recently welcomed SSL to campus for a presentation and panel discussion in Full Sail Live 1. Things kicked off with an overview of the company’s history and demonstrations of its latest products by SSL Senior VP Don Wershba. Afterwards, Wershba moderated a panel discussion with three special guests, all of whom have quite an impressive range of credits and industry experience attached to their names: producer/recording and mixing engineer/Full Sail Recording Arts grad Marcella Araica (Pink, Britney Spears, Missy Elliot), producer/recording engineer Jimmy Douglass (Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Led Zeppelin), and producer/recording and mixing engineer/Director of Operations at The Studio at the Setai Matt Knobel (Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Sheryl Crow).
The three panelists spoke to students about their experiences working in the music business, and offered insight as to how the industry has been affected over the years by technological advances and the evolution of the way music is distributed and consumed as a whole. They also offered up advice for getting a foot in the door in the recording studio as an intern or assistant engineer. Afterwards, Araica, Douglass, and Knobel fielded questions from the audience during an open Q&A session.