XL-Desk is a modern twist on the classic 24 into 8 analogue studio console 01/10/14
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Solid State Logic has announced the release of XL-Desk, which they describe as a modern twist on the classic analogue studio console. They say that XL-Desk is designed for tracking or mixing engineers who require the sonic and workflow benefits of an analogue console within a DAW centric studio, but don't want or need the integrated DAW control and analogue level automation other SSL console products have made the new hybrid studio standard. Here's more details in SSL's own words...
XL-Desk is in many ways a traditional 24 into 8 analogue console but it packs in a compelling collection of features; 40+ inputs of SSL SuperAnalogueTM summing, an inbuilt 18 slot 500 format rack (with an SSL Stereo Bus Compressor pre-loaded), 8 SSL VHD mic Pre's on board, four stereo Mix Buses, a fully featured monitoring and talkback section (with an SSL Listen Mic Compressor) and an incredible array of connectivity and routing options. It is the perfect analogue centre piece for a modern DAW focused studio.
Users of SSL large format consoles will be instantly familiar with the wealth of workflow options made possible with XL-Desk. It has 20 channel strips: 16 dual input mono (switchable between main input or DAW return) and 4 stereo channels. The first eight mono channels have SSL's uniquely versatile VHD mic pre's. There is an 18 slot 500 format rack built in that can be used for processing or mic pre modules. XL-Desk ships with a legendary SSL Stereo Bus Compressor module in slots 17 & 18 (hard wired to Mix A). The rack has its own dedicated high spec' power supply. There are four main Mix Buses (A, B, C, D) with buses B, C and D able to be summed into Mix A. The Buses and channels can access the 500 rack and each have a separate insert point for other processing and/or use of a patch bay. The 500 format rack also has rear panel I/O connectivity to enable the rack to be used with a patch bay etc. Direct Outputs on every channel, stereo return and mix bus enable convenient stem printing back to your DAW. There are two mono aux sends and two stereo return inputs. Each channel has a Cue Stereo Bus section (with Pan and Volume) used to provide one of two foldback mixes while tracking. At mixdown the mono channel DAW return signals can be routed to the CUE ST bus and then summed into Mix A, so there are 16 main faders + 16 Cue ST inputs + 4 Stereo channels providing 40 summing inputs (using the stereo returns and insert Sum functions you can squeeze in over 50 summing inputs). A second foldback is available sourced from Aux 1 and both foldback A and B have individual talkbacks and a built in Listen Mic input + classic compressor circuit (with its own direct output). There is also a fully-featured monitoring section with bass management (3 sets of stereo speakers + subwoofer) and controllable Dim/Cut.
20 + 1 fader, over 40 input SuperAnalogueTM 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
Pricing and Availability: XL Desk will be available from the end of October 2014. XL-Desk is available with the 500 format rack empty or fully loaded with 16 x SSL E-Series EQ modules priced from: GBP £11,750, euro €14,749, USD $19,999 excluding VAT or local taxes.