Solid State Logic Unveils New Duality Pro-Station with A-FADA Automation

Oct 15, 2012 4:29 PM


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SSL Duality Pro Station pictured in the House of Rock in Los Angeles

At the 2012 AES Convention, Solid State Logic (booth #1005) will announce its A-FADA automation system and the release of a new Pro-Station version of the company's Duality console. First introduced with the AWS 948, A-FADA (Analogue Fader Accesses DAW Automation) uses DAW automation to drive the analog faders on an SSL console. A-FADA for Duality and Duality Pro-Station will be available starting November 2012.

A-FADA combines the sound of an SSL automated mix with the convenience of DAW tools and control. A-FADA is made possible by clever use of the MDAC-driven faders on AWS and Duality consoles. The MDAC system that allows the consoles to switch between controlling the analog signal levels or DAW faders. The workstation automation is used to drive the MDAC faders on each channel, instead of the on-board automation system, resulting in a combination of workstation automation and analog sound. SSL can retrofit the system to all Duality console models for a nominal charge.

Duality Pro-Station is a new version of the SSL Duality large-format console. Pro-Station offers the benefits of SSL’s hybrid workflow, combining the sonic advantages of a classic SSL SuperAnalogue mixing console with integrated hands-on hardware control over the DAW environment. The new winged layout of the Pro-Station is designed to serve producers and engineers who wish to conduct their DAW session editing/arrangement and audio mixing from a single central position. In many studios a separate dedicated DAW station is adjacent to the console and the task of operating the DAW for editing and arrangement is separated from the audio mixing process. Duality Pro-station is designed for producers and engineers who prefer hands-on DAW operation that combines the recording, editing, arrangement and mixing processes.

The new shape of the Pro-Station was developed to enable the console center section to accommodate a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display. The display is mounted on an articulated gas arm, which enables it to be pulled forward towards the operator, when desired. The result is that the central operating position can resemble a more traditional computer operating configuration for more intensive arrangement and editing work, and the screen can then be pushed back out of the way when not required. With an HD Webcam mounted on the back of the screen, the producer or engineer can essentially "see through" the display into the recording area.

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