MESSE07: SSL Launch Xlogic Alpha VHD

New four channel analogue Mic/Line/Instrument pre amp with VHD circuitry      29/03/07

MESSE07: SSL Launch Xlogic Alpha VHD


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Solid Sate Logic have announced the XLogic Alpha VHD Pre in Frankfurt. Here’s what they have to say about it in their own words.
The XLogic Alpha VHD Pre is a slab of pure analogue attitude. Whether you need to track pristine vocals, crunched drums or electric guitars on the edge of sonic destruction, the VHD Pre delivers a powerful and versatile sound shaping tool kit - the perfect analogue companion to any digital recording system. Based on the VHD circuit from SSL’s acclaimed Duality console, the VHD Pre adds four SSL mic preamps to any line level DAW audio interface, transforming it into a professional quality, multi-channel analogue recording system.
Key features:
  • Four ultra-clean SSL preamps with 75dB of gain
  • Independently switched 48V phantom power
  • 20dB Pad switches that illuminate to indicate overload
  • Hi Z switches to accommodate mic, line and instrument level signals
  • Four independent Variable Harmonic Drive systems
  • Front panel 1/4" jack instrument/line level inputs with passive DI type impedance detection and level matching
  • Individual input, output and VHD controls for each section
  • Rear panel XLR mic/line inputs and XLR outputs

The four ultra-clean, high-grade mic preamps are combined with independent Variable Harmonic Drive circuits that use 100% analogue signal paths to generate rich harmonic colouration - adding SSL analogue attitude to your digital recordings.
When VHD is used in conjunction with the input gain control, a huge variety of preamp sounds can be created, from gentle warming to serious overdrive. At relatively low input gain settings the VHD Pre preamps deliver transparent signals with all of the sonic fidelity you’d expect from SSL. As the input gain setting is increased, more of the signal is passed to the Variable Harmonic Drive circuit, increasing the intensity of the effect from subtle to extreme. By adjusting the VHD control the distortion characteristics can be shifted from ‘50s valve-style overdrive (if the VHD selection control is turned fully anti-clockwise for 2nd harmonic distortion) to ‘70s transistor-style grit (if the VHD selection control is turned fully clockwise for 3rd harmonic distortion)… or a blend of the two.
As a feature of Duality, XLogic E Signature Channel and XLogic Alpha Channel, VHD is used in studios around the world and is rapidly establishing itself as the ‘go-to’ tool that allows modern producers to achieve a sound that evokes the sonic heritage of SSL while adding a strong contemporary edge.
Pricing and Availability:
The XLogic Alpha Channel will ship worldwide in May 2007 with a MSRP of £999.00. More information:


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