Today during a busy NAMM 2020 week, Studio State Logic has launched two new SSL USB audio interfaces aimed at the home & project studio user.
If you like to record at home, you need to get excited, as the SSL USB audio interfaces have just been announced.
SSL has been designing cutting-edge mixing consoles and processing tools for the world's finest recording studios for over four decades. Built and designed in Oxford, England, SSL desks are synonymous with some of the most iconic recording engineers and projects.
Hot on the heels of their recent SSL Desk launches, the SSL2 and SSL2+ bring the DNA of these industry-standard Mixing Consoles into a desktop-friendly, versatile and affordable Audio Interface format.
Powered by USB, each version features 2 Class-Leading analogue Mic Preamps, Studio-Quality Neutrik Connectors, 24-bit/ 192 kHz AKM converters and some exciting new SSL technology under the hood, inspired by their classic EQ and Bus Compressor circuitry.
Whilst the SSL2 offers a basic 2-in-2-out configuration, the SSL2+ offers extra unbalanced RCA outputs, an extra Headphone output, as well as MIDI I/O. This makes the 2+ ideally suited for more complex studio & DJ Production setups, and 2-in-4-out offers more outputs for creative collaboration.
On top of a foundation of some rock-solid analogue circuitry, the SSL has an exciting new feature in the form of the 'Legacy 4k' button, featured on each model.
SSL2 - RRP £179
SSL 2+ - RRP £229
SSL2 / 2+ Key Features:
- 2 x Class-Leading Mic Preamps (130.5dB EIN / 62dB of Gain)
- Pro-Studio Quality Neutrik Connectors and Alps pots
- High Current Headphone Amp
- 24-bit / 192 kHz AKM Converters
- Legacy 4K Analogue Enhancement - Inspired by SSL4000 series console
- Exclusive SSL Production Pack included
- Advanced Workflow Technology utilised in ergonomics, layout and metering
Legacy 4K - What is it?
Legacy 4K is an all-new analogue enhancement effect, inspired by the character of an SSL 4000 series console (often referred to as '4K').
By distilling 2 essential traits of the 4K sound into a single circuit, SSL has been able to create an effect that breathes new life into tracks that sound dull or lifeless. All happening in-the-box, pre-fader. This offers a unique chance to get some vintage SSL audio processing to spruce up recordings on a budget microphone, or when recording in less-than-ideal acoustic environments.
Uncompromising Build Quality
As you'd expect from a legacy brand like Studio State Logic, the SSL2 and 2+ both feature some impressive attention to detail. Each component, down to the studio-quality Neutrik Connectors and Alps pots, has been designed to stand the test of time and deliver unrivalled signal integrity.
Software Package Included
Both versions include a generous software suite so you can start recording straight out the box:
- Pro Tools | First - In addition to Protools First, an exclusive SSL collection of AAX plugins including the legendary Bombfactory compressors: BF-76, BF-2A and BF-3A.
- Ableton Live Lite - The lightweight version of Ableton's acclaimed music creation software for musicians, producers and DJ's alike.
- 1.5GB of samples from Loopcloud - SSL and Loopcloud have come together to curate this ready-to-roll collection of samples and loops, organised intuitively by genre and available through the award-winning Loopcloud software.
- Hybrid Keys & Komplete Start - Kick-start your musical journey with 2000+ incredible sounds from synths, sampled instruments, essential effects and samples.
- SSL Native Vocalstrip2 & Drumstrip - In addition to the brilliant selection of 3rd party software, SSL are bundling their DrumStrip & VocalStrip2 plug-ins! SSL’s renowned knowledge of audio processing and workflow, distilled into two user-friendly plug-ins designed to get great results, quickly and consistently on your vocal and drum productions.
For anyone that's wanted to own or get their hands on legendary SSL hardware but don't fancy shipping and installing a 64-channel vintage analogue desk in their spare room, the SSL2 and SSL2+ USB Audio Interfaces prove to be fantastic value for money. An ideal choice for recording and editing audio recordings at home or in a project studio environment.
You can find more technical specifications and information on the links below! Pre-Order your new SSL USB Audio Interfaces from PMT Online today, or visit your local PMT store to reserve your place in the queue.
ETA: February 2020