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SSL acquire console designers Harrison

New partnership brings two legendary brands together

SSL acquire Harrison

Solid State Logic have announced their acquisition of Harrison, the iconic US-based manufacturer of pro audio consoles and music production software.

Now joining SSL under the Audiotonix technology group, Harrison began in 1975 and has been one of the world’s leading console brands for music recording and mixing, film and television sound post-production, cloud-based broadcast sound, and live sound reinforcement. They are credited with bringing the first in-line console to market, which allowed engineers to combine the features of recording and mixing into a single mixer strip, as well as making pioneering developments in digitally controlled analogue consoles and automation.

Nigel Beaumont, SSL MD: Having been on our own growth journey these past five years since the investment from Audiotonix, the announcement today is a proud moment for all our staff as we now welcome the Harrison team to our SSL family.

Harrison have a strong association with top-name productions, including ABBA’s regular use of one of their consoles and Bruce Swedien mixing Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ on a Harrison console. They are also highly regarded in sound for picture, their mixing consoles having been installed and used extensively at prestigious studios such as Sony Pictures and Universal Studios.

Harrison have also made developments in digital music technology, using their heritage as a legendary console manufacturer to create a range of plug-ins and are the producers of the MixBus DAW for Mac OS, Windows and Linux.

Gary Thielman, Harrison President, states, “Having been part of this business and the pro audio industry since the early 80’s, it feels very apt that we would find our natural home with Solid State Logic and Audiotonix. This alliance provides Harrison a strong future with access to further manufacturing, knowledge in engineering, and expanding our access to new channels and partners which increases our potential to grow this wonderful business. I’m particularly excited for both brands and their customers, as they will all reap the benefits of our sharing of ideas with our SSL colleagues.”

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