SSL goes Live
WORLD: Solid State Logic has used Prolight & Sound 2013 to launch ‘Live,’ its first console for live sound production. The manufacturer believes its new first foray into the live market ‘promises to bring something very special to the party’.
‘So many people have been asking us to make a console for live for so long and the time has come,’ stated Antony David, managing director at SSL. ‘It has been a couple of years in the making because we like to get things right at SSL and we are very confident that we have created a console engineers will fall in love with. It is very exciting to be entering a completely new area of the industry, with a new technology platform and a fresh approach to how a live console should sound and how to give engineers a control surface that helps them deliver exceptional performances. We are really looking forward to how the professional live sound community reacts.’
The manufacturer describes Live as ‘a flexible and extremely powerful digital audio console designed specifically to meet the demands of all aspects of live sound production’.
Based on SSL’s new Tempest processing platform, Live has 976 inputs and outputs and 192 full processing audio ‘paths’ at 96kHz. How those ‘paths’ are configured is flexible with power allocated to Channels, Auxes, Stem Groups and Masters configured to suit the needs of each show. All processing is built into the console surface and it has a collection of I/O connectivity built into the frame. A full range of Stagebox I/O connects to the console via Madi with the potential for larger systems to make use of SSL’s Blacklight technology that carries up to 256 channels of bi-directional audio and control via a single fibre connection.
Live combines multiple tablet style multi-gesture touch screens with hardware ergonomics, visual feedback and a collection of new features. It enables engineers to work exactly how they work today, whether they prefer new touch screen or classic hardware technology, or to combine them both.
It features studio grade SuperAnalogue mic preamps, 24bit/96kHz A/D D/A conversion, to 64bit internal processing and 96khz operation throughout. Live features 30 new Effects and audio analysis tools, which take SSL’s studio grade processing and re-craft it for live and they have their own dedicated processing power.
Live is due to ship in September 2013.