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13/12/2005

FX supplies ProTools to Yusuf Islam

The FX Group has sold a ProTools rig to Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens.
The system is now being used to record his first commercial album in almost three decades, which will be released in 2006 on the Mountain of Light label.
The ProTools HD 2 Accel system – supplied with 192 I/O,192 AD and DA expansion cards, Sync I/O, DigiSnake cables plus a G5 Apple Mac – has been installed into west London-based Studio Y, which Islam co-owns with producer Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall, A-Ha) and who is assisting him on the new album.
Engineer and studio manager Kelly Pribble has a long-established relationship with FX, which meant that they were his first choice when it came to purchasing the Pro Tools rig. “I’ve built up a strong relationship with them over the years, and I know they’re very experienced when it comes to selling ProTools systems,” he said. “The fact that they’re open 24/7 was also very important, as it goes beyond just buying a rig from a dealer. FX can provide spares or even a complete unit if this one needs servicing. It was a wise move to buy from them because the service I’m getting is unbeatable; the fact that they know the industry and how it works is second to none.”
Owning a ProTools rig means Islam is now fully compatible with other setups wherever he chooses to work – which includes recording sessions in LA as well as at other London studios.
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