SSL Announces XLogic Product Line

Oct 15, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Solid State Logic has released XLogic, an all-new line of 19-inch rack-mounting outboard signal processing units featuring the company’s SuperAnalogue™ audio quality. Developed from SSL’s XL 9000 K Series console, the XLogic rack-mounted units, which debuted at this year’s AES 2003, bring high-quality audio performance to a wide range of applications, such as high-resolution digital recording for the latest DAW systems and compression for DVD mastering.

The XLogic product line comprises four units: the XLogic Channel, XLogic 5.1 Compressor, XLogic SuperAnalogue Mic Amp and the G Series Stereo Compressor.

Pictured (from the top down) is the remote-control unit for the XLogic SuperAnalogue™ Mic Amp, the XLogic SuperAnalogue Mic Amp, the XLogic Channel, the classic G Series Stereo Compressor and the XLogic 5.1 Compressor.

The XLogic Channel puts SSL’s XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue channel processing into a 1U unit, featuring SuperAnalogue Preamplifier with mic, line or instrument inputs, and switched gain for easy reset; twin-curve dynamics, selectable RMS or peak sensing for subtle to dramatic compression, including soft distortion at extreme settings; high- and lowpass filters, with routing into the dynamics sidechain, allowing frequency-dependent gating; G series and E Series “Twin-Curve” EQ, which is 4-band parametric EQ with variable Q on both mid bands and shelving/bell high and low bands; variable output level, with switchable metering; and optional digital interface card, featuring high-quality 96kHz A/D conversion and externally synchronized AES output.

The XLogic Channel features identical DC-coupled SuperAnalogue processing to the console from which it is derived, which provides a bandwidth greater than 196kHz recorders and a dynamic range beyond the range of 24-bit A/D converters.

The XLogic Multichannel Compressor unit is a 2U rack-mounted 6-channel compressor that uses SSL's center-compressor design elements within a SuperAnalogue design topology. Features include separate 5-channel and LFE channel compression controls, allowing separate treatment of LFE signals that typically require different attack and release characteristics; circular “Max” display shows which channel is contributing the most to the sidechain, giving a clear, instantaneous indication of which channel is driving the compressor; separate trim controls for L, C, R & S channels provide different thresholds for each input; and dual stereo allows either different compression to be applied to the surround channels or for the unit to be used as separate 4-channel and stereo compressors.

The XLogic SuperAnalogue Mic Amp provides four of the XL 9000 K Series Microphone Preamplifiers in a 1U rack-mounting unit with optional remote control and is designed to work stand-alone, remote controlled or directly from a suitably configured SSL XL 9000 K console.

The XLogic uses DC-coupled SuperAnalogue technology combined with stepless changes to preamp gain through servo-driven motorized potentiometers, as well as selection of 20dB pad, +48V phantom power and hi/low-impedance selection for both line and microphone level inputs. When combined with an XL console or used with the optional XLogic Remote, the 4-channel amp can be used in multiples to provide additional capture capability. A twin 7-segment digital display identifies the appropriate channel, and the unit’s “monitor” capability can be bused, allowing one headphone output to monitor any unit’s mic input.

The XLogic G Series Compressor unit is a 1U rack-mounting stereo compressor that also uses SSL' G Series center-compressor design elements within a SuperAnalogue design topology. Front-panel switches allow the compressor and external sidechain signals to be switched in or out of circuit. The Autofade switch allows an automatic fade out of a duration set by the rate control. When the Autofade switch is released, the stereo signal will fade back up over the set time.

For complete details about the XLogic product line, visit

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