SSL Live v2 updateSolid State Logic has announced v2 software for its SSL Live console, adding ‘a substantial collection’ of new features covering Output Matrix, Effects Rack, User Interface, Routing, Solo System and Focus Channel, as well as the introduction of a comprehensive offline set-up application.

The SSL Live PC Offline Software allows engineers to create, set-up and edit all aspects of a Live Showfile from a laptop. This offers the same menus, screens and options as the full console software, enabling a Showfile to be created from scratch or loaded one from SSL Template files. All aspects of the Console Configuration can be edited, including full access to stagebox set-up and routing. Along with naming, colouring and the Eyeconix channel identification tools, layout of Fader Tile layers and banks can be configured and accessed.  Control over mix bus routing, pre/post feed point sourcing and all other audio related channel parameters is available, and the Automation system is fully accessible so that scenes, automation filters and input/output actions can be created, edited and updated. This also includes Group modes and scene re-numbering. Once a Show file has been created or edited, it can be saved and exported to a USB key and then imported into the console.

Version 2 brings a selection of new effects through the Tempest platform. New effects include four EQ types (G-Flex EQ; which comes in 8-, 16-, 24- and 32-filter versions, a new, smooth Contour EQ, Dynamic EQ and a 4+2 Band Parametric), four new Delay effects (Tape Echo, Ping Pong, and new Short Delay and Multi-Tap), Guitar Cabinet and Bass Cabinet emulations and five Reverbs (Ambient, Cathedral, Stadium, Recording Room and Tight ER).

A Phase Scope tool has also been added.  With all-Pass filters available on all processed paths, the Phase Scope allows operators to use effects more effectively and speed set-up. Version 2 also includes a number of enhancements to the SSL Effects Rack itself, to streamline effect browsing, naming and routing.

Matrix Outputs now have EQ, All-pass filters and delay processing available. All 36 Matrix Output paths have available high- and low-pass filters, a four-band parametric equaliser, two seconds of delay and all-pass filters. This is in addition to the two inserts that can be used with both the internal Effects Rack and external processing. As with all the other path types within the Tempest engine, the processing order can also be changed to customise the signal flow for their requirements on a matrix-by-matrix basis.

A Swap button has been enabled on the console’s Fader Tiles and allows assignment of any bank of a Fader Tile to the Swap button. Once assigned, the Swap switches between Fader Banks at any time with one button press. As with the console’s Flip Function, Swap can be used independently per tile or globally if Swap is pressed and held down. With up to 75 banks of faders available, this function adds flexibility and speeds up access no matter how many banks the user has available. A new Focus Channel Lock function allows assignment of a path permanently to the Focus Fader and the Channel Control Tile.

The new software, is due for public release in April 2014, will become standard on all new consoles and is available for free to all existing owners.


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