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SSL Introduces the ‘Live’ Console to North American Market at 135th AES Convention

“The fresh approach with Live literally redefines how a live performance console should sound combined with a control surface that helps the engineer to deliver exceptional performance”

NEW YORK – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of creative tools for audio professionals, is proud to introduce Live,’ the first SSL console for live sound production, at the 135th AES Convention (Booth 2821). The Live combines SSL’s signature audio quality and console ergonomic experience into a unique approach for live performance FOH and stage monitoring sound production, and promises to bring something very special to the live sound arena. Drawing on more than 35 years of industry leading analogue and digital console innovation, the Live has inherited the DNA from multi-award winning, ground-breaking and much loved consoles for music, broadcast and post production that SSL has produced over time.

“Top artists, producers and engineers have been asking us to develop a live sound console to match the rich, creative experience they enjoy in the studio using an SSL console,” states Antony David, Managing Director at Solid State Logic. “The time has finally come for us to release ‘Live’ after several years of constant development and innovation. We believe Live is a console that engineers will fall in love with because of the lengths we have gone to with the design. The fresh approach with the Live literally redefines how a live performance console should sound combined with a control surface that helps the engineer to deliver exceptional performance. Much excitement has been generated since the Live was introduced at Musikmesse in Germany and we believe the industry in North America will embrace the console, too.”

Live is all about power and control and is perfectly suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. Featuring complete flexibility and an intelligent user interface, it is especially ideal for any situation in which audio quality is important.

Based on SSL’s new Tempest processing platform, Live is deployed in a uniquely versatile way. The headline numbers are as impressive as the price, with 976 inputs and outputs and 192 full processing audio paths at 96kHz. How those paths are configured is extremely flexible with power allocated to Channels, Auxes, Stem Groups and Masters, configured to suit the needs of each show. All processing is built into the console surface as well as a collection of I/O connectivity built into the frame. A full range of Stagebox I/O connects to the console via MADI, with the potential for larger systems to make use of SSL’s own Blacklight technology that carries up to 256 channels of bi-directional audio and control via a single fibre connection.

Console power is really nothing if it can’t be controlled and Live offers a truly excellent control surface. It combines a tablet-style multi-gesture touch screen with elegant hardware ergonomics, excellent visual feedback and a collection of innovative new features. It enables engineers to work exactly how they work today, whether they prefer new touch screen or classic hardware technology, or a combination of both, and offers new and better ways of doing things that will make the operator’s life less stressful and more creative.

Being an SSL, Live has legendary audio performance as standard. Impeccable audio quality is a primary design feature right the way through from studio-grade SuperAnalogue™ mic preamps, 24bit/96kHz A/D D/A conversion, to 64bit internal processing and 96kHz operation throughout. An obsession with quality also shines through an array of channel processing tools that bear the classic SSL tone, but bring a completely new level of precision, flexibility and usability. Live features an impressive collection of 30 new effects and audio analysis tools that take SSL’s acclaimed studio-grade processing and re-crafts it for Live, with the additional benefit of giving the effects and analysis tools its own dedicated processing power.

As has been the case so many times in the last few decades, SSL has taken a new approach to the way professional engineers work and created an inspired console that builds upon the way things are done today while offering the potential for a new, exciting and more creative way to work tomorrow.

Live is now shipping.

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