Oxford, U.K. (June 25, 2007)–Solid State Logic has launched its XLogic Alpha VHD Pre, which joins SSL’s growing XLogic family of rackmount equipment. Based on the VHD circuit from SSL’s Duality console, the VHD Pre adds four SSL mic preamps to any line-level DAW audio interface, with the aim of transforming it into a professional quality, multichannel analog recording system.
Key features include four SSL preamps with 75 dB of gain, independently switched 48V phantom power, 20 dB 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-inch jack instrument/line-level inputs with passive DI type impedance detection and level matching.
When VHD is used in conjunction with the input gain control, a variety of preamp sounds can be created–from gentle warming to serious overdrive. At relatively low input gain settings, the VHD Pre’s preamps deliver transparent signals. 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 counter-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.
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