Oxford, UK (October 1, 2014)—Solid State Logic has issued XL-Desk, a mid-sized analogue studio console intended for tracking or mixing within a DAW-oriented workspace that doesn’t require integrated DAW control.
XL-Desk, arranged as a traditional 24 into 8 analogue console, features 40-plus inputs of SSL SuperAnalogue summing; an built-in 18-slot 500 format rack (with an SSL Stereo Bus Compressor pre-loaded); eight SSL VHD mic pres on board; four stereo mix buses; a monitoring and talkback section with an SSL Listen Mic Compressor; and various connectivity and routing options.
XL-Desk offers 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 VHD mic pres. The 18-slot 500 format rack built in can be used for processing or mic pre modules. XL-Desk ships with an SSL Stereo Bus Compressor module in slots 17 & 18 (hard wired to Mix A). The rack has its own dedicated 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.
Direct Outputs on every channel, stereo return and mix bus enable stem printing back to a 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, plus 16 Cue ST inputs, plus 4 Stereo channels providing 40 summing inputs (using the stereo returns and insert Sum functions, users 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 and compressor circuit (with its own direct output). There is also a monitoring section with bass management (3 sets of stereo speakers + subwoofer) and controllable Dim/Cut.
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