SSL Announces Sigma – Analog Mix Engine
Solid State Logic has announced Sigma, the remote controlled analog mix engine. Designed for the DAW user that seeks the legendary big sound of an SSL console while retaining the convenience of working in the box, Sigma is a unique analog mix engine in a 2U rack unit, that is remote controlled using Ethernet MIDI, via a DAW or an iDevice compatible software interface.
Using proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in our Duality and AWS studio consoles, Sigma’s 100% analog summing engine can be driven by automation data created within your DAW of choice. Sigma features 16 flexible input channels, which can be individually switched between being mono or stereo for up to 32 channels at mixdown. There is accurate front panel LED metering for all channels. There are two stereo mix busses with dedicated outputs for convenient printing of stems back to the DAW and individual stereo insert points to facilitate implementation of parallel compression. Each input channel also features an individual direct output. Mix Bus B can also be injected into Mix Bus A for final mixdown.
» Advanced DAW automation driven SSL SuperAnalogue mix engine
» Works with all major DAW’s including Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase/Nuendo, Samplitude/Sequoia and Soundscape
» 16 flexible channels individually switchable between stereo or mono for up to 32 channels at mix down
» 2 stereo mix busses with individual stereo insert points
» Independent Main and Alternate Monitor outputs
» Direct outputs on all channels
» Talkback facility with adjustable Dim level
» Intuitive cross platform set-up and configuration software and control interface
» High speed External MIDI control via single Ethernet cable
An Artist and Studio monitoring section provides a Monitor and Headphone output. The Main monitor output has Main and Alternative connections to accommodate two sets of monitors. A comprehensive switching matrix enables selection of your monitor source. A large front panel rotary control uses a push-select mechanism to determine whether it adjusts Mix A, Mix B, Main Monitor or Headphone levels. There is also a Talkback input with adjustable Dim level. Control and switching of a wide range of functions including; monitor level and source, inserts, talkback, sum B>A and mono check, can all be achieved using any standard MIDI hardware control surface. A MIDI learn feature makes setup simple and easy. A pair of user-assignable dual action push/hold buttons on the front panel or a foot-switch can also be assigned to the same collection of switching functions. Sigma uses MIDI over Ethernet for control and to connect to a cross platform software interface, which provides additional control and setup capability. The software interface enables Sigma to be remote controlled using an iDevice.
SSL’s Sigma is due to ship by the end of the summer for $4499 / £2799 / €3359.