24-input, 8 Buss Analogue Studio Console with 8 built-in VHD Preamps, 18 500 Series slots, SSL Stereo Bus Compressor
The Solid State Logic XL-Desk Analogue Studio Console updates the traditional 24 channels and 8 buss analogue consoles with 500-series slots and an incredible set of features to benefit tracking and mixing engineers.
The SSL XL-Desk includes 20 Channel Strips of which 16 dual input mono and four stereo channels. 8 mic pres are included using SSL’s highly regarded VHD technology found on their flagship duality console. The VHD mic preamps are designed to produce the clean sound associated with earlier SSL consoles, but using the Variable Harmonic Distortion circuit, it is possible to add a degree of analogue 2nd and 3rd order harmonic distortion.
The Channel Strips of the XL-Desk deliver the flexibility that has made SSL consoles so popular with an in-line design which lets you switch between input and DAW return whilst tracking. While channels use the VHD mic pres, input 9-16 are line levels but can be made to use the 500-series rack for additional mic pres. Insert points are included as well allowing for the connection of additional hardware. Two aux sends can be switched to pre and post fader and two stereo aux returns are included to accommodate reverbs, delays or other processors. Finally 100mm faders provide great hands on control of the level.
Solid State Logic has graced the XL-Desk with 18 500-series slots to accommodate your favourite modules directly into the desk, allowing mixing different tonal characteristics or simply add the Solid State Logic 500-series modules to give you that legendary big sound. All 16 mono channels on the XL-Desk can access its own slot via an insert button named “500”. Slots 17 and 18 are hardwired to Mix A and are preloaded with SSL’s highly popular G-series Buss Compressor.
The Four mix buses can also use the slots 9 to 16 if unused by the mono track channels. The 500-series rack is not hardwired to the insert and return inputs and outputs allowing for much more flexibility especially when combined with a patchbay. The 500-series as a result can also be used as a standalone and features a dedicated power-supply separate from the rest of the console.
The Four main Mix Busses named A, B, C and D can access the 500-series rack and include separate insert point for further processing. These four busses can be used in many different ways from multi-buss processing technique, sub groups or parallel techniques. All three B, C and D busses feature independent level controls and can be summed in bus A and processed by the G-series Mix Buss compressor.
The SSL XL-Desk also includes a comprehensive monitoring section with Superanalogue technology with three sets of stereo monitor connections and a sub connection. Monitor Source can be selected from Mix A, external rear input or front panel iJack input. A large Monitor Level control and Dim controls with dim level control are included as well as a Cut button and AFL level control. A Talkback button is included as well as a Listen button with dedicated level control and the infamous SSL Listen Mic Compressor.
The SSL XL-Desk provides engineers and producers with a truly analogue workflow and the superb sound associated with Solid State Logic. More immediate, distinct colouration and wider soundstage are all the reasons for mixing outside the box and the X-Desk has taken this concept to its possible limit by including some of the features that have made SSL so popular but also some useful addition for hybrid systems.
Solid State Logic XL-Desk Analogue Studio Console Overview:
20 + 1 fader, over 40 input SuperAnalogue™ SSL console
8-built in Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) preamps
16 dual input mono channels (switchable between main input or DAW return)
4 stereo channels (switchable to mono for tracking)
The legendary Stereo Bus Compressor, with new high-pass filter sidechain
18-slot 500 format rack built-in, accessible from channels or mix busses
In addition to a 500 rack insert each mono channel also has a standard insert point
4 stereo Mix Buses with their own insert points and access to the 500 rack
One stereo and 2 mono aux sends. Two dedicated stereo return inputs
Direct outputs on every channel, stereo return and mix bus for stem printing
Fully-featured monitoring section with bass management
Foldback A and B with individual talkbacks for headphone mixes
Built in Listen Mic input + classic compressor circuit, with its own direct output
AFL and Solo-In-Place solo modes, with Solo Clear and Solo Safe (Protect) modes
Balanced D-Sub rear panel inputs/outputs & Front panel headphones & iJack sockets
High quality internal PSU