SSL E Series EQ and Dynamics modulesFeatured on countless successful recordings, SSL’s E-Series EQ and E-Series Dynamics have been released as modules for the API 500 Series rack format.

To date, he SSL console sound has been available in 12 units for SSL’s own modular X-Rack system and has won a large customer base (more than 15,000 modules sold). The release of two modules for the widely-used 500 Series platform extends their availability to a wider user base.

The E-Series Dynamics Module reproduces the sonic signature of the VCA channel dynamics section of the SL 4000 E console channel strip. It features a compressor/limiter and expander/gate, both of which use the circuitry and key components that defined the sound of the original SL 611 E Series channel strip. A true RMS converter is used in the sidechain, while the gain element is an all-discrete design identical to the class-A VCA chip used in the original unit. The compressor contains additional switching options that allow the over-easy curve to be defeated, giving a linear release instead of the usual logarithmic curve. The result is a compressor with three characters.

The E-Series EQ Module features EQs found on different editions of the console produced between 1979 and 1987 – each with a unique response curve and different tonal character. Historically, the type of EQ fitted in an individual console was distinguished by the colours used on the LF knob caps so the two have become known as the ‘Brown’ and ‘Black’ Eqs. Both are available on the E-Series EQ Module. The SSL channel EQ is the classic four band design with fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q controls, which has become the industry standard channel EQ configuration. The E-Series EQ features selectable shelving or Bell curve operation for the LF and HF frequencies.

Key features:
SSL SL 4000 E Series circuitry based on original SL 611 E console channel strip
Dynamics: Class-A VCA replication and classic expander/gate configuration
EQ: Versatile four-band channel EQ with bell curve option on HF and LF, and fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q

Both modules are priced at £518, US$889/€646 + VAT or sales tax.


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