The start of something special
The The SSL Live is powered by
Tempest, a new fourth generation digital audio platform developed
specifically to meet the demanding requirements of the live environment. Learning from more than 25 years of digital conso
le development, Tempest is a ground up development. All legacy code – the key to the sonic excellence of previous generations of SSL digital consoles – has been rewritten in the latest software languages. The high capacity signal processing engine at the heart of Tempest uses SSL’s patented Optimal Core Processing (OCP) to deliver highly efficient and reliable performance with minimal latency. Tempest delivers all of the power required to equip the Live with all of the mixer architectu
re, processing power and connectivity to handle large scale events. The Live signal processing engine is integrated entirely within the control surface.
Solid State Logic has been at the leading edge of audio console design for more than 35 years. Many of the concepts, features and creative approaches to audio production taken for granted today as ‘the way things are done’ in Music,
Broadcast and Film Post production came to life on an SSL. Our name has always been synonymous with design innovation, with inventing intelligent, ergonomically superior audio production tools that enab
le talented audio engineers to work efficiently, creat
ively and to make music sound great.
The Live may be the first ever SSL live sound console but it carries all of that SSL DNA. We are confident that when you try it for yourself you will agree… this console carries forward the SSL tradition and delivers something special. As with everything we do, we have looked carefully at how the world’s leading live engineers work, got under the skin of live audio and then taken a fresh approach. The Live presen
nd introduces a collection of powerful new features that could change the way you work tomorrow. It has more sheer power and connectivity than anything else available at its price and of course, as you would expect from any audio consots a truly superb user interface that can work the way you work today a
le that bears the SSL name… it sounds impeccable.
Up Close and Personal
The SSL Live control surface brings decades of design experie
nce to the specific demands of live sound production. The result is an uncluttered design that is intuitive and ergonomically efficient with a collection of unique features to keep the operator in complete control at all times. The system lets you use your own balance of touch screen and hardware control to work the way you want to.
A single super bright, high resolution 19” central touch screen is the hub of the console giving constant visual feedback and access to system configur
ation menus and the effects rack. It is the only touch screen available on a live console with true tablet style multi-touch gesture control, delivering an unprecedented degree of on screen parameter manipulation. A separate System
Monitor screen provides a comprehensive view of all signal paths including channels, VCA’s, Stem Groups, Auxes and more to provide immediate ‘at a glance’ feedback of all system levels and status without the need for any layer or bank navigation. The main screen is used in combination with the row of twelve ‘quick controls’ (a rotary control and three associated buttons) in the main fader tile. The qui
ck controls can either be assigned to the same single parameter for all twelve channels or as ‘detail’ controls for individual EQ, Effects parameters etc. The quick control rotary functions can be flipped onto the faders. Colour coding ties together what is displayed on the screen, the quick controls and the Fader and Control Tiles.
The unique Channel Contr
ol Tile has its own dedicated high resolution touch screen surrounded by colour-coded rotary controls and rapid access selection buttons to provide instant physical control over EQ, Dynamics and insert effects for the currently selected signal path. The unique ‘Focus Fader’ enables the engineer to keep their hand in one place and have immediate fader control for the currently selected channel and combines with the Channel Control Tile to form a ‘Focus Channel’.
Work Your Way
Absolute Power and Ultimate Flexibility.
MADI I/O connects the SSL Live-Recorder option, a robust 1U device that can record 64 tracks at 96kHz continuously from the console’s input stage and play back through the channels in Soundcheck mode.
SSL has always set the audio performance benchmark for others to reach and sound quality is the primary design consideration of the SSL Live. Nothing is sacrificed so that the ultimate sonic performance can be delivered. The Live local I/O and Stageboxes deliver SSL SuperAnalogueTM performance with better than industry standard studio grade mic pre’s combined with 24bit/96kHz DAC’s to deliver a frequency response that is within 0.05 dB from 20 to 20 KHz (within 1.3dB down to 10Hz) and a THD of 0.005%. 64-bit internal processing is used throughout guaranteeing maximum precision to support the highest standards of audio performance within all our processors.
The Live provides the audio processing toolkit that generations of SSL mix engineers have used to create countless hit recordings along with a suite of freshly developed processors. The full processing paths include a four band parametric that can be switched between a precise constant Q mode and ‘SSL Legacy EQ’ with our well known unique tonal character, hi- and lo-pass filters with selectable slopes, SSL dynamics presented as separate compressor, analogue style tube emulator, expander/gate as well as a delay line and cleverly configured all pass filter. The console also features precision analysis tools such as the fixed point per octave spectrum analyser and the acclaimed Dialogue Automix system from SSL’s broadcast consoles.
With any digital console the potential for the highest standards of performance are entirely dependent upon the quality and capability of its I/O. The Live is equipped with a fully featured collection of Input and Output connectivity with the capacity to serve both Front of House and Monitor applications. The Live I/O meets the exacting audio benchmark SSL has set with the SuperAnalogueTM range of analogue consoles. It delivers a frequency response that is within 0.05 dB from 20 to 20 KHz (within 1.3dB down to 10Hz) and a THD of 0.005%. Digital to Analogue Conversion is 24bit/96kHz and the console operates at 96kHz. The local and remote I/O mic/line amps use SSL’s patented mic amp technology to deliver the highest quality signal to the console. The circuitry is DC coupled (no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path) and high input impedance. Mic amp gain is controlled extremely precisely in more than 16,000 steps ensuring totally smooth control, very good common mode rejection and extremely low distortion. Listening tests are recommended.
The Live provides a versatile collection of local I/O built into the control surface so can operate without the use of any Stageboxes if required and has good connectivity for local peripherals when used in a pure FOH role. The Live features auto sensing so identifies any SSL Live I/O connected within the software routing pages. The standard local analogue I/O configuration provides; 14 mic/line inputs, 2 dedicated Talkback mic/line inputs, 12 line outputs, 4 Headphone/Monitor outputs and there is chassis space to expand with another 16 line inputs and outputs. The standard AES/EBU digital I/O configuration provides 4 pairs of inputs and 4 pairs of outputs (expandable to 8 in & 8 out pairs). AES/EBU I/O has fully variable sample rate conversion. The standard MADI port configuration is 2 redundant pairs of coaxial connections expandable to 4 pairs) and 2 redundant pairs of optical connections. If redundancy is not required, these connections can be independent providing a maximum of twelve ports. In addition there is a separate MADI port (out/in), designed for uses as an ‘FX Loop’ for connecting an external FX device such as a laptop. The standard configuration has no SSL Blacklight II connectors but there is an option to add one or two redundant pairs. The back panel also accommodates connectors for MIDI, LTC, Wordclock and GP I/O. The consoles have redundant power suppliers.
Flexibility and Scalability
A fully scalable set of remote I/O units are available for the Live including analogue, AES/EBU digital and MADI devices. Interconnection between console and stage is via MADI. Remote gain control data is carried via MADI. For simpler systems standard coaxial MADI can be used to connect the console directly to analogue and/or digital AES/EBU Stageboxes. For higher channel count systems, SSL’s proprietary Blacklight II high bandwidth multiplexed MADI is used to reduce the number of interconnecting cables. Blacklight II carries 256 @ 96kHz audio signals, equivalent to eight MADI connections, bi-directionally down a single multimode fibre. A MADI Concentrator box located at the stage is then used to distribute standard coaxial MADI to the analogue and AES/EBU Stageboxes, a second SSL Live console or other MADI devices. When two SSL Live consoles are connected to the same I/O arbitrated gain sharing allows specification of which console has master gain control. All I/O stageboxes are fitted with dual redundant power supplies.
Ready For The All Weather Hard Knocks Of The Road.
SSL has a global reputation for the highest standards of build quality and first class support. With the Live we have taken things to the next level. At its heart Live has a steel chassis that is expecting a life on the road and it is well balanced with weight distributed carefully and well placed lifting points to make it a comfortable and safe two man lift. It is also designed for life in a wide range of environments… it isn’t waterproof but it is ready for any level of non condensing humidity planet earth has to throw at it. The Live is designed to operate in a complete spectrum of lighting conditions. It has the brightest touch screens available on a live console and powerful colour change LED’s throughout with the punch to remain crystal clear even in full daylight. There is a concealed light strip along the top of the front panel to illuminate the control surface in low lighting conditions. There are three front panel rotary controls to adjust brightness of the console: one each for the screens, control LEDs and light strip. These brightness controls respond to automation to aide blackouts.
The Console is not the only one who lives on the road so there is a front panel USB port which is there to enable complete show files to be saved and loaded via a USB drive. The automation system features and extremely powerful filter system which allows the operator to define on a global or per scene basis which settings will be recalled so that for example everything except Output Matrix EQ settings can be recalled for the show.