Friday, April 12, 2013

SSL SIGMA Automated Mix Engine, 500 format G+ Buss Compressor and brand new LIVE Console - Musikmesse 2013

SSL revealed their new Sigma Remote Controlled Analog Mix Engine which has 16 Ins & Outs. I think this in combination with the UA Apollo 16 will make a great portable DAW based studio.
"Designed for the DAW user that seeks the legendary big sound of an SSL console while retaining the convenience of working in the box, Sigma is a unique analogue mix engine in a 2U rack unit, that is remote controlled using MIDI via Ethernet using a DAW or an iDevice compatible software interface."
 Some of the Sigma's Features:

  • 16 Inputs configurable as mono or stereo for up to 32 channels at mixdown.
  • Direct Outs on every Input.
  • Accurate Metering on all channels
  • 2 Mix Busses with individual Insert Points. Mix buss B can be fed back into Mix buss A.
  • Artist and Studio Section with separate Monitor Outs and Headphones.
  • Monitor section has Main and Alternative for 2 sets of speakers.
  • Switching Matrix for selecting Monitor Source controlled by a Single Knob with a push-pull mechanism.
  • Talkback input with adjustable Dim Level.

"Control and switching of a wide range of functions including; monitor level and source, inserts, talkback, sum B>A and mono check, can all be achieved using any standard MIDI hardware control surface. A MIDI learn feature makes setup simple and easy"

MSRP $4499

Get more details on SSL's website

SSL also announced the 500 format version of their much coveted G series Buss Compressor.

From the website
".....the centre section compressor from the 1980’s G-Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. To this day it remains a key element of the SSL sound and has featured on countless classic recordings."
MSRP $2299

Last but not least they showed their first ever Live Console simply called LIVE.

The live console I use most often is the Yamaha M7CL. As a lifelong SSL fan I'm curious to see what they have to offer.
"Live is a flexible and extremely powerful digital audio console designed specifically to meet the demands of all aspects of live sound production. It is perfectly suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitors, to venues and arenas, houses of worship and concert halls, to anywhere where audio quality is important and engineers require power, complete flexibility and a user interface that puts them in control."
MSRP USD $84,000 and $130,000

Get the full details on this innovative console here.