The new X-Rack Module delivers the same sonic signature as the channel strip processing of SSL's large format Duality console and the mono X-Rack SuperAnalogue™ Dynamics Module in a stereo configuration. The module is intended for stereo tracking or stem mixing and further extends the availability of SSL's sonic heritage to studios of all sizes.
"When we first conceived of the AWS 948, we completed work on a stereo dynamics module to match the stereo input capability of the new console," says Niall Feldman, director of new products for Solid State Logic. "Beyond the AWS 948, however, was the need for a stereo dynamics unit to round out the module offerings for X-Rack. We believe the industry will find this new module extremely valuable over a wide range of recording and mix applications."
The X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module is a stereo version of the powerful SuperAnalogue™ Dynamics Module. Featuring Compressor/Limiter and Expander/Gate circuits, the Stereo Dynamics Module provides the familiar SSL level control tools for both recording and mixing applications.
The Compressor section can switch between a gentle Soft Knee (Over Easy) RMS compression to a more aggressive Peak Sensing or Hard Knee mode, providing a wide range of leveling control. The secondary circuit can function as either a Noise Gate or an Expander further enhancing the creative sound sculpting possibilities. The feature set is completed by an External Key Input (mono), for triggering the unit from an external sound source, and the ability for multiple adjacent units to be linked.
Based on SuperAnalogue™ electronics from SSL's XL 9000 K Series console, X-Rack is a modular rack system with Total Recall™ that delivers the classic SSL sound in a uniquely versatile form. Each X-Rack chassis holds up to eight modules in any configuration; with the introduction of the Stereo Dynamics Module, twelve different modules are offered.
A selection of EQ, Dynamics and VHD modules can be combined to form comprehensive standalone processing solutions. Two different Mic Amp modules can be added to create high quality recording solutions. Standalone mixers can be configured by adding Master Bus, Four Input and Eight Input modules. The hugely popular X-Rack delivers the very highest-quality analogue recording and summing path and is the perfect configurable solution for studio or live applications.
Pricing and Availability:
The Stereo Dynamics Module will be available from February 2011 priced: $1,159; £699; 839.50 €.