Solid State Logic used to create Superbowl LVIII half-time show

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Solid State Logic used to create Superbowl LVIII half-time show

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The Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on February 11, 2024, was the most-watched ever, according to analytics firm Nielsen, with an average 129.3 million viewers tuning in across all platforms.

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Solid State Logic production tools helped Usher deliver a record-breaking halftime show at Super Bowl LVIII, with producers The Avila Brothers, Lil Jon and Kronic using an SSL Duality console for mixing, and multiple SSL 12 USB interfaces for breakout production sessions while at Hideout Recording Studios in Las Vegas.

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“One hundred percent of all of our pre-production recording was done at Hideout Studios, The Avila Brothers and Mike Smith’s SoundVille studio in Nashville and Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles with Manny Marroquin working on the 96-channel Duality, and also using the SSL 12 interfaces,” says Bobby Ross Avila. He had reached out to Marroquin directly in September 2023 and recruited him to the team. They discussed the importance of creating a profound sonic experience that would marry the playback world and the live stage performance experience in real-time in a way that would not compromise the sonics of the hit, the overall audio and translate in the home and in the stadium. The audio team also included Bruce Bang, Nick Anderson, Kyle Hamilton, Jeremy Peters and Adrian “AP” Porter.

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“A lot of what IZ was doing on his DJ controller he ran through the SSL 12,” continues Avila, who also used the interfaces to introduce his synths and vocoder into the mix. “The production team depended on the SSL products to deliver the highest quality audio that such a high-profile event like the Super Bowl demands,” he says. “The one thing that SSL is synonymous with is that punch. so we’re making sure that everything translates.”

The GRAMMY-winning Avila Brothers, Bobby and IZ, have long worked behind the scenes on albums such as Usher’s Confessions, Mary J. Blige’s The Breakthrough and Chaka Kahn’s Funk This. Over the past 25 years they have written and produced with Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, Patti Labelle, Earth Wind & Fire and many others. They have also partnered with fellow Minneapolis natives Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and their Flyte Tyme Productions on various projects.

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