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Oliver Zuelch has been involved in music for a long time, and since his first day in a "big studio" recording with his band Oliver has known that the studio was the place for him. After working as a runner and then tape op for an SL 4000 equipped studio he got his big break on a session when the regular engineer didnâ€™t turn up (how often do we hear this story?) and from that point he has not looked back. SSL caught up with him to find out how his new X-Desk integrates into his studio setup.
Tell us a little about yourself, what artists you work with, and the work you do.
Iâ€™ve been working quite successfully as a freelance engineer/producer for a few years now. Iâ€™ve worked with a lot of German-language bands including Die Aerzte, Sportfreunde Stiller, The Notwist, Juli, Ich&Ich, and a number of others. While some of these names may not be familiar to your English-speaking readers many of the projects with these bands have gone Platinum and Multi-Platinum in Germany. I work in different studios, but I also have my own mix room. My own studio is based around a Mac Pro, SSL Alpha Link converters and an X-Desk, with some nice vintage and modern outboard pieces.
Why did you choose the X-Desk?
X-Desk allows me to make my absolute dream mix happen. I use it in a "hybrid mixing" setup working with a lot of plug-ins but also with some really nice outboard processing chains so that I can combine different things and get some "colour" in my signals. My X-Desk lets me integrate all of my outboard using the inserts to make a high-quality hybrid mixing setup.
What do you like most about your X-Desk?
Itâ€™s small, so I can put in my car with lots of outboard and record a band where I want. It gives me a "constant" to work with when I am not in my own place which really helps.
Are there any aspects of the console which have made life better for you?
Definitely. Itâ€™s the X-Deskâ€™s mix bus. I can really feel that itâ€™s "working" if you know what I mean. It reacts if I move faders, it acts like a mix bus does from a big console. All of the other mixing desks of this size that I tested weren't able to do that. X-Desk gives me a real impact on my sound.
What commercial projects have you mixed with your X-Desk?
I mixed "Unplugged in New York" for Sportfreunde Stiller, which went to number 1 in the German album charts (and is still in the charts as we write). Iâ€™ve also mixed the new Lali Puna album, which is due for release in April 2010. Others mixed on the X-Desk will definitely follow :)
Are you happy with your purchase?
Don't wanna change a day;-)) Yes I am.
For more information about Oliver please visit www.oliverzuelch.de/wordpress