Studio Consoles 2011

Nov 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher



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SSL’s Matrix is a SuperAnalogue 16-channel, 40-input mixing console with in-built signal router and 16 motorized faders allowing multilayer DAW control. Installing the Surround Monitoring option will convert the external-source inputs Ext A and B input from stereo to 5.1, and the stereo monitor outputs into two 5.1 outputs. This provides two input stems for 5.1 monitoring and two sets of 5.1 speakers, which you can switch between and control using the console’s center section. Matrix also features 16 mono line channels with two separate inputs per strip, a 32x16x16 insert router for up to 16 external processing devices, stereo aux send and four mono sends per channel, an “Input to Cue Stereo” function that doubles the mixdown channel count, stereo digital I/O (S/PDIF, AES/EBU) with SSL converter technology and more.

SSL also offers Nucleus, which combines DAW control via Ethernet, SuperAnalogue monitoring, analog mic pre’s and USB audio interface and bundles SSL Duende Native plug-ins. Users can connect up to three different DAWs at once and switch between them with a single button-push. Nucleus uses either HUI or MCU protocols to ensure compatibility with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase/Nuendo and other DAW applications, and can transmit MIDI CC data. Hardware controls can be customized for all major DAW and plug-in parameters. Two banks of eight channels each provide 100mm motorized faders, fully user-definable soft keys and V-Pots, dedicated Select/Solo/Cut buttons and 10-point channel level meters. Center-section DAW controls provide large heavy-duty transport buttons, a jog/shuttle wheel, bank/channel/layer selection and navigation, global DAW parameter selection and additional USB keyboard emulation buttons. System configuration is via a remote “SSL Logictivity” browser.

Finally, SSL’s X-Desk combines a 16-channel SSL SuperAnalogue summing mixer with a compact analog audio hub. It includes smooth 100mm faders, comprehensive artist and studio monitoring with Dim and Cut buttons, stereo and mono aux sends, channel and master bus inserts and accurate bargraph level metering. For easy integration into an existing studio, X-Desk can be used as a desktop mixer with removable rack ears for standard 19-inch rackmounting (7U space required). The X-Desk is hand-built in the UK with an all-metal chassis and high-quality controls and components. Up to eight X-Desks or X-Desk and X-Rack combinations can be cascaded via D-Sub connection to expand up to 160 inputs on mixdown.

Stagetec AURUS

Stagetec AURUS

The Stagetec AURUS combines the direct access of a conventional analog desk with the configurability, flexibility and the electro-acoustic parameters of an advanced digital console. Configured as an inline console for recording or straight production console for music mixing, the AURUS offers full dynamic automation and multiple machine control via 9-pin, LTC or MIDI. Its modular design enables customers to select the size of its control surface, from 24 to 96 channel strips in units of eight channel strips, as well as the amount of signal processing to give the required number of DSP channels and buses. True 40-bit floating-point architecture offers precision EQ and dynamics in every channel. The TrueMatch digital microphone preamps (which are modular and can be specified by the customer) offer unparalleled response with a dynamic range of more than 158 dB. I/O is provided through the NEXUS, offering a whole contingent of I/O possibilities from analog, AES, MADI, ADAT, TDIF, Dolby D and more.

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