ORIGIN's preamplifiers and bus compressor are key differentiators for Art House engineer Natalia Schlesinger. Together with Solid State Logic, they released the new Studio B installation that features an analog ORIGIN mixing console.
Art House, established in Miami by prolific Colombian music producer, pianist, arranger and composer Julio Reyes Copello, has continued to add to its long list of successes following the launch of the facility’s new Studio B, which features a Solid State Logic ORIGIN analog mixing console.
In the past 12 months, Art House and Reyes Copello were involved in four of the six albums that have just been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop Album category, including Pablo Alborán’s Vértigo and Camilo’s Mis Manos, which also garnered multiple Latin Grammy nominations and wins this year.
Reyes Copello, who has worked with a who’s-who of top Latin artists over the years, including Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin, founded the Art House Records label and production facility with the purpose of discovering and nurturing new music talent.
The Art House studios building is also home to the Art House Academy and Abbey Road Institute Miami music and audio production education initiatives, where Reyes Copello and his team train and mentor young artists, songwriters, and audio engineers.
Art House’s Studio B, which was constructed in 2020, has an adjacent tracking space that can comfortably hold a handful of musicians. “We do a lot of recordings in this room,” reports in-house engineer Natalia Schlesinger. Sometimes it’s just a vocal or a simple instrument. But we’ve also done large recordings, such as ensembles.”
ORIGIN's PureDrive™ preamplifiers: A world of difference
Schlesinger, who started work at the facility around the time that the 32-channel ORIGIN was delivered and installed in the new control room, appreciates the SSL console’s preamps, especially for the cohesiveness that they bring to recordings when tracking groups of musicians.
“The preamps are beautiful,” she says. “Especially when we do ensemble recordings, because the tracks all get to live in the same world. It has been amazing to use the console because we’ve used other preamps, but we find that when we use the ORIGIN PureDrive™ preamps for large ensembles, everything is warm but clean. Also, the EQs have that distinct SSL tone to them, that is absolutely cherished by everyone.”
Reyes Copello says that ORIGIN’s PureDrive™ microphone preamps have introduced new tone and character possibilities to his productions at Art House, which is outfitted with a variety of front-end alternatives. SSL’s new PureDrive™ design adds the ability to variably add warmth and harmonically rich character to the renowned clarity and purity of SSL’s classic console preamps.
SSL heritage with hybrid flexibility
The ORIGIN also fits into Art House’s hybrid workflow. “I feel like the combination of working in Pro Tools but also getting the opportunity to do some stuff in the console is amazing,” she says. “That communication between both worlds has been great for me. I can rely on the analog sound of the console, then I can easily go and work in the DAW, and then go back for the mixing and summing.”
While the facility sometimes accommodates outside recording projects, the majority of the studio’s work is in-house. “Many times, artists come to collaborate,” Schlesinger says. “They do writing sessions here and Julio produces a lot of music. For some projects we only do one part of the process. Then there are some songs where we do writing, production, recording and mixing. So, there’s a little bit of everything.”