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SSL on tour with Gavin Tempany

SSL on tour with Gavin Tempany

SSL on tour with Gavin Tempany

Singapore: Solid State Logic (SSL) is currently on a four-date tour through Asia with reputed sound engineer Gavin Tempany presenting its Live L500, L300 and L200 digital mixing consoles. After a successful start in Beijing, the tour stopped in Singapore, where it was held in collaboration with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) at its recording studio in front of 40 members of the local live sound industry, who had followed the invitation to this rare opportunity.

‘We are very happy with the attendance,’ stated Malcolm Chan, general manager of SSL Asia. 'We have seen our customers here, as well as personnel from top venues, consultants and also a number of potential new users.”

SSL’s vice president of Asian sales, Anthony Gofton, who had taken on the role of host and moderator of the event, explained the intention behind it. ‘More than a chance to demonstrate the desks, it is a way for us to give something back to the customers,’ he stated. ‘We want them to go home with useful tips from someone who is using them well on big tours.’

Indeed, Mr Tempany has been using SSL Live desks extensively in FOH and monitor positions on international tours and high-profile, one-off events. In true master class style, he used recent productions as examples, such as tours with David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Mike & The Mechanics and Hans Zimmer. From set up and programming to actual usage, and with the help of system and signal routing diagrams, Mr Tempany led the participants behind the scenes of these productions and through the sound engineer’s workflow. Playing and mixing actual multitrack recordings of the shows, he was able to demonstrate real world automation examples and the use of filters, dynamics and effects as present in the consoles. Participants not only followed eagerly, but asked specific questions, all of which were answered in detail by Mr Tempany. 

Plenty of practical advice and tips were given by Mr Tempany for optimal utilisation of the SSL Live consoles, for example, how inserting effects into stem groups can save fader paths, or how the clever use of matrices can prevent accidental 'leaks' of the shout bus into the wrong path. ‘These are things I do because I’ve made mistakes before,’ Mr Tempany was not shy to admit. 'No one showed me those tricks; I had to figure it out myself, and I’m happy to share it.’

The master class did not only cover SSL consoles. From his many years of experience on the road, much of it with Britannia Row, Mr Tempany managed to surprise his audience – in a very entertaining way – with a number of valuable tools and tricks to make a sound engineer's life easier, while also helping to fulfil an artist’s odd wish, or overcoming challenges posed by venues or stage sets.
‘These are just ways that I found to solve problems I’ve come against,’ Mr Tempany explained. ‘Digital consoles are making many things easier than in the past. But, there are no rules in audio of how to do things. There are often three or more ways to get something done.’

The remaining dates for the SSL Live Sound Master Classes are:
28 November in Jakarta
30 November in Seoul
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