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Mansion Sound unveils state-of-the-art audio studio for music, film and TV, centered on best-in-class solid-state logic consoles

Mansion Sound in Branson, Missouri, unveiled major upgrades to its world-class multi-room facility, including the installation of two of Solid State Logic’s flagship mixing consoles. The new facility, which opened on August 1, 2022, includes a 96-input Duality Fuse SuperAnalogue™ SSL console – the first of its kind to be installed anywhere in the world – and an SSL System T S500 digital audio mixing console with 48 faders.

Mansion Sound is part of The Mansion Entertainment Group headquartered in Branson, Missouri, and encompasses several creative production entities, including Mansion Animation, Mansion Film & Television as well as Mansion Studios – a television production and post-production campus of world class currently in full development. and pre-construction. At the heart of the group is the Mansion Theater for the Performing Arts, a 3,000-seat multipurpose venue widely regarded as one of the premier centers for the performing arts in the Midwestern United States.

The new SSL consoles have been integrated into two state-of-the-art control rooms designed to support Mansion Sound’s music and soundtrack production and film and television audio post-production services. Both rooms are also equipped with new Genelec speaker systems for immersive Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 mixing.

Mansion Sound’s inaugural project recorded and mixed through the SSL Duality Fuse was An Ozark Mountain Symphony: A Musical Celebration, with additional stage sources tracked through System T using an SSL SB32.24 stagebox. The hour-long special features the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and a galaxy of Disney, Broadway, gospel and country music stars. Filmed live at the Mansion Theater for the Performing Arts, it was recorded and mixed by multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy award-winning producer and engineer David Reitzas, and will premiere on PBS nationwide later this year.

Unparalleled synergies
The integration of the new Duality Fuse and System T represents the continuation of a long relationship between SSL and Mansion Sound, which previously owned SL4000 E/G and SL9000 J analog consoles and outfitted its remote control truck with a C100 digital desk. “I’ve been using SSL consoles for years,” says Danny Stone, Chief Engineer of Mansion Sound. “For me, no other console can perform at the highest sonic level while integrating so easily with modern DAWs.”

Duality Fuse is a new flagship console model from SSL that, among other new features, offers a fully integrated Fusion analog processor in the center section, providing users with a set of coloring tools to add tonal character, weight and tone. space to stereo rods. “This latest version of Duality, the Duality Fuse, does things that no other console can do,” he says, “and it’s all backed by the support that only SSL can offer.”

Immersive audio with System T
Stone continues, “For Room B, we wanted a console and controller that could deliver everything we were used to, like SSL EQs and compressors, but with the added flexibility of high channel counts, a multi-format bus and tight DAW integration. Once we saw the System T S500, we knew it could do anything we wanted. Built-in SSL processing and the power and flexibility to tackle recording and mixing tasks in both stereo and immersive formats puts the S500 ahead of the competition. The training that the SSL engineers gave us really allowed us to get the most out of this fantastic console. They can even provide support by driving the console remotely from their offices in Los Angeles and New York using TeamViewer.

A fully networked ecosystem
Theaters A and B — using a System T-controlled SSL SB32.24 stage box — can both access 128 lines from the Mansion Theater stage, which is in the same building. The two control rooms can also generate 128 inputs from a spacious adjacent monitoring room, measuring approximately 25 feet by 16 feet, which includes three iso booths, the largest of which accommodates the studio’s Yamaha C7 grand piano. A Dante network enables content sharing between the two rooms, which are each equipped with a 34-core Apple Macintosh computer running Pro Tools with access to two 100TB Avid servers, connected via a 10GB switch, and individual Avid MTRX conversion , routing and monitoring systems.

Two processing racks that float between Room A and Room B are loaded with Chandler, GML, Manley, and Shadow Hills units. Six Bricasti reverbs can be shared in any combination between the two rooms. A credenza in Room A further houses a wide selection of classic and modern preamps, effects and processing devices, including LA-2A and Sta-Level units. The System T in Room B has access to two 500 Series racks with modules from API, Chandler, Focusrite, Millennia Media, Maag, Neve, Pultec, Shadow Hills and others, including a Solid State Logic UltraViolet EQ .

Unparalleled vision and ambition
According Larry Wilhite, CEO, Mansion Entertainment Group“It is overwhelming and humbling to have been able to grow and grow these facilities, encompassing our studios, sound stages and stages for television and live performances. The team that has been assembled in all areas where this company has developed his brand is unparalleled. It’s good to know that no corners have been cut and that perfection prevails. It’s more than I’ve ever dreamed of in my life or career. We’re going to use it all to the best of our abilities and hopefully bring much joy and happiness to the world, whether through animation, film, music, live performance or life in general.