Solid State Logic XL 9000 K SeriesThe next generation of analog consoles from Solid State Logic has arrived: the XL 9000 K Series. At four private showings last month in Los Angeles, New
The next generation of analog consoles from Solid State Logic has arrived: the XL 9000 K Series. At four private showings last month in Los Angeles, New York, England and Tokyo, SSL unveiled its new high-performance analog console, which is designed specifically for the needs of DVD-Audio, SACD and surround sound mixing.
The new XL 9000 K Series is SSL's first totally new analog console since the debut of its award-winning J Series in 1994. This new release brings audio performance to the next level, with a bandwidth said to extend nearly two octaves beyond that of a 96kHz recorder. Audio purity was a major design goal, and the K Series incorporates touches such as DC coupling, short signal paths, no electrolytic capacitors in the audio pathways, OFC (oxygen-free copper) internal wiring, fully balanced mix buses, and a new SuperAnalogue
Taking the improvements of the new preamps further, a Super-Pre
The new K Series processor running the console automation is up to 100 times faster than that used on the J Series, but it also adds features such as screen display of individual transport positioning (for easily setting multi-machine offsets) and Online Mix Compare, for auditioning up to six different mix passes without interrupting playback. Compatible with nearly 200 SSL J Series consoles in use worldwide, the K Series supports the import and replay of Total Recall information from J Series consoles, as well as relevant data from G Series boards.
To maximize flexibility and display the system's enhanced graphics — including new Advanced Photo Realistic Total Recall
One of the K Series' most intriguing features is its UltiPan
The console's expanded center section adds flexibility and more functions, yet retains the SSL operational familiarity. A full 5.1 mix bus, master fader and mix compressor, and full simultaneous fader access to all mix buses are standard. Monitoring sources include the main 5.1 mix, three 5.1 mix returns and 15 other signal sources. A downmix matrix allows the fast creation of 5.1-to-stereo mixes, with user control of center, surround and LFE channels feeds. An insert point for surround encode/decode systems is available, as is switched access to -12dB/octave lowpass filters for generating LFE signals in Dolby Digital (120Hz) or DTS (80Hz) formats.
Adding to the K Series package are an attractive Raven Sparkle appearance and a new frame design. The console is available in any number of configurations, ranging from 24 to 120 (or more) channels — with wings if required by customer/facility needs. Options include the remote preamp packages and the award-winning 956 Multi-Stem/Scoring system developed for the 9000 J. Next month, the first XL 9000 K Series mixers are slated for delivery to Larrabee West (West Hollywood) and two to Hit Factory in New York City.
For more information, visit Solid State Logic at www.solid-state-logic.com.