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Solid State Logic Launches New E-Series Modules For 500 Series Racks

New EQ and dynamics modules bring SSL sound to rack platform

By PSW Staff October 8, 2012

New SSL E-Series Dynamics (left) and EQ modules for the API 500 Series modular rack format

Solid State Logic has introduced new E-Series EQ and Dynamics modules for the API 500 Series modular rack format.

The modules make the gritty tonal character of the channel processing from the classic SSL SL 4000 E console available to a new group of users.

The SSL console sound has been available in 12 different modules for SSL’s own modular X-Rack system for many years. The new modules will be shown at the forthcoming 2012 AES Show in San Francisco, booth 1005.

The new E-Series Dynamics module reproduces the sonic signature of the fully-flavored VCA channel dynamics section of the SL 4000 E console channel strip. The module features a compressor/limiter and an expander/gate, both of which return faithfully to the circuitry and key components that define the sound of the original SL 611 E Series channel strip.

A true RMS converter is used in the side chain 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 a user to defeat the over-easy curve and to use a linear release instead of the more usual logarithmic curve. The result is a compressor with three distinct voices, each with its own musical character.

The E-Series EQ Module provides two different EQs found on editions of the console produced between 1979 and 1987. Each EQ has unique response curves and tonal character. Historically, the type of EQ fitted in an individual console was distinguished by the colors used on the LF knob caps so the two flavors have become known as the ‘Brown’ and ‘Black’ EQ’s.

On the E-Series EQ Module, you can switch between these two different flavors of EQ that have been loved by generations of professional producers. 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.

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