Oxford, UK (March 22, 2013)—Solid State Logic has introduced a new addition to its AWS series of consoles: the 16-fader AWS 916.
Originally launched in 2004, the AWS combined SSL SuperAnalogue console technology with DAW control hardware in a single work surface. The new AWS 916 has been designed to bring the features and benefits of the AWS range to a wider audience and is aimed for private and commercial studios and educators. The AWS 916 offers identical functionality to the AWS 924 with the only difference being that the frame is loaded with 16 channels instead of 24. The AWS is expandable to full AWS 924 specifications by the addition of an eight-channel upgrade package available separately.
"At £35,000 (US$52,500), the 16-fader variant of the AWS is ideally placed to accommodate both the operational and financial requirements of the music professional," comments Piers Plaskitt, SSL's group commercial director. "Additionally, not everyone has the processing requirements of our larger format consoles and find that 16 channels of SSL SuperAnalogue are more than enough for their needs. When you add in the elegant DAW integration, it is hard to find anything else in the marketplace that comes close."
Utilizing the same 24-fader footprint, the new AWS 916 delivers SuperAnalogue summing, 16 SSL SuperAnalogue mic pres, classic SSL dual-curve EQ on every channel, two assignable SSL Dynamics processors, Stereo Bus Compressor, TotalRecall and full 5.1 monitoring. In addition to on-board classic SSL automation, the AWS 916 also features the A-FADA system, with motorized analogue faders that follow DAW automation data.
Additionally, the AWS 916 features Ethernet connectivity for hardware control over the entire DAW environment, plus dedicated heavy-duty DAW transport, V-Pot multifunction encoders with position indicating LEDs and digital scribble strips. It also has a DAW fader mode, global and channel routing controls and built-in TFT display for advanced plug-in control.
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