(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-09-20)
John Dickson, (right, with engineer John Baldree) the award-winning composer and arranger, has recently revolutionised his production flow with the installation of Solid State Logic’s XLogic MadiXtreme and ,b>Delta Link routing system.
John has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in music, including Alanis Morissette and Harry Connick Jr., and orchestrated stars like Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Liza Minnelli. He has carved out a reputation as one of the best and most in-demand film and TV composers out there with numerous credits, including the hit US show Burn Notice.
“We’re in our fourth season of that show,” he notes, ”with a fifth commissioned for next year… so that’s good! I also recently composed the score for the Fox summer show The Good Guys and I have a brand new feature film coming out called Miss Nobody.”
Clearly John is regularly juggling a lot of very different projects and, realising that optimising his signal flow would be key to keeping up with demand, he upgraded his studio in January with the SSL XLogic I/O set-up.
“It’s brilliant,” he says. “The MadiXtreme and Delta Link have given me an additional 64 outs from my Digital Performer writing rig and 64 more ins into my Pro Tools rig. They have allowed me to track huge cues with up to 200 tracks in a single pass with a minimum of premixing in DP. It also sounds fantastic and was very easy to set up and integrate into a larger Pro Tools® studio. It’s also a very economical and space-saving solution for gaining more digital I/O.”
But the best result is that John is now better able to cope with all of that work…
“MadiXtreme has cut my tracking time down by around 70% and has given me much greater isolation of voices and much more flexibility. There have been times recently when deadlines have gotten so tight, and there’s been so much music to record, that the ability to track large amounts of audio in one pass has truly saved our bacon!”
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From a press release.