Softube releases Solid State Logic XL 9000 K for Console 1

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Softube has updated its Console 1 to version 2.1.45, including the new Solid State Logic XL 9000 K channel strip.

Softube Solid State Logic XL 9000 K

We are proud to announce the release of the new software update for Console 1. It does not only entail the new channel strip Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1, but also big improvements for all Console 1 owners. A 20 day demo license can be downloaded for evaluation purposes. The update also adds Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite support for all Softube’s plug-ins.

Changes in version 2.1.45

  • Added features to Console 1
    • New channel strip, Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1, now available for demo/purchase.
    • Added Rearrange Tracks functionality, for DAW hosts that do not support automatic transfer of track number.
    • Presets can now be organized in user-created folders.
    • Default presets can be stored, which will be loaded any time a certain channel strip or plug-in is instantiated.
    • Added gain reduction meters to the meter bridge.
    • Valley People Dyna-mite can now be loaded into the Shape section (in addition to the Compressor section as previous) and used in its gate mode.
    • Added Auto Solo functionality when rearranging or naming/renaming tracks.
    • Solo is indicated by flashing Mute on other tracks.
    • A bypassed section becomes automatically enabled if a parameter is adjusted.
    • Auto Display time (the time it takes for the On-Screen Display to disappear after the last performed adjustment) can be determined by user.
    • In Auto Display mode, the On-Screen Display is triggered by all knobs and buttons.
    • Added center logo to Solid State Logic SL 4000 E.
    • Minor change to the All Tracks dialog.
  • Bug fixes
    • Fixed connection issues (MIDI conflicts), experienced by a handful of users.
    • Fixed issue with Console 1 buttons not responding at certain times.
    • Fixed issue with Console 1 temporarily freezing while moving tracks in Cubase 7.5.
    • Console 1 On-Screen Display settings are now saved correctly when shutting down Windows.
    • Fixed rare crash related to using both Console 1 VST2 and VST3 on Windows.
    • Fixed rare crash when closing Cubase projects, using Console 1 on Windows.
    • Fixed bug which prevented more than 64 instances of Console 1 to be created on Windows.

Console 1 is available for purchase for $1,149 USD.

More information: Softube / Console 1

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SSL releases AAX versions of Duende Native plug-ins

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Solid State Logic has announced the availability of AAX Native 64 versions of the SSL Duende Native plug-in collection.

SSL Duende Native 64-bit AAX

The release of new AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) versions makes SSL’s Duende Native plug-ins compatible with any 32-bit or 64-bit system running Pro Tools®/Pro Tools HD® 11 software. The continued compatibility with VST, AU and RTAS systems means that SSL plug-ins are available to almost all DAW users.

SSL Duende Native plug-in collection delivers SSL’s renowned signature superior audio quality, sophistication and benchmark performance to inside-the-box DAW audio producers. The Duende Native range has grown to the current portfolio of 10 different beyond benchmark quality processing tools. The EQ & Dynamics Channel plug-in provides an EQ & Dynamics processing solution with all the power, precision, flexibility and signature tone of a SSL 9K and later SSL console channel strip. The legendary Stereo Bus Compressor plug-in gives you the classic SSL stereo master bus compressor that brings power and punch to your mix without compromising clarity. Drumstrip and Vocalstrip are ‘task specific’ plug-ins which each gather together a set of carefully selected and lovingly crafted processing tools to get you straight to outstanding Drum and Vocal sounds quickly and easily. X-EQ and X-Comp are both mastering grade processors that deliver superb balance of precision and tonal character. X-Verb is an incredibly powerful and flexible processor which brings beautiful hardware standard reverb to your DAW. X-Valvecomp and X-Saturator are both new plug-ins designed to inject some analogue style saturation into your digital DAW. X-Phase also a new release is designed to help you fix awkward phase issues with our high-precision frequency-specific phase control toolkit.

The Duende Native Essentials bundle is available for the introductory price of £99 GBP/$169 USD/129 EUR until November 25th, 2014. Existing owners can download the new versions free of charge.

More information: Solid State Logic / SSL Duende Native

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Solid State Logic launches SSL Live.L300 console & v2.5 software

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Solid State Logic has announced the SSL Live.L300 console, a major expansion to its Live console range.

SSL Live.L300

Since the introduction of SSL’s first live console in 2013, the speed with which operators can achieve outstanding results with its consoles has been praised by leading engineers around the world. Just one year on, the release of the new L300 console and a major new software update signals SSL’s dedication to remaining at the leading edge of the live sound industry for many years to come. L300 and the new V2.5 software release embodies the SSL tradition of listening to engineers and customers and demonstrates our commitment to rapid continuous development. The L300 will be shown at the 137th AES Show in Los Angeles on booth #1409.

The new release means there are now two models available in the SSL Live console range, the larger L500 and the new more compact L300. Both consoles are perfectly equipped for applications in Touring, Installation, Houses Of Worship and Theatre. At SSL we believe that offering a more compact console should not mean compromising and reducing quality or features. Both consoles offer the same immaculate, huge SSL sound and the same superb operator experience. There are no compromises in build quality and both consoles use and can share the same Remote I/O. The L300 is physically smaller than the L500, so it is a more compact, lower cost option… with no hidden performance compromises – it’s that simple. Compact it may be but the L300 delivers the power and connectivity to handle large scale productions with up to 568 input/outputs, 128 processing paths (96 full, 32 dry), a 32 x 36 matrix, 36 VCA’s, and 48 FX slots. If you want to compare connectivity and channel count of the two consoles, you will find a simple ‘L500 Vs L300’ comparison table on the SSL web site.

Being an SSL product release, there is of course more to this than simply unveiling a new model. L300 ships with new V2.5 software which brings advanced Effects optimisation and 27 new features and updates to the SSL Live console platform, which of course includes the L500. The new Effects optimisation significantly increases the number of Effects instances, which can be deployed simultaneously for many of the on board Effect types.

SSL Live.L300 features

  • Follow Mode — The new Follow Mode feature allows the Select, Solo and unique Query function buttons found on the Live console Fader Tiles to be linked together in any configuration an engineer might require. Each of the three Tile buttons can be programmed to ‘follow’ any of the other buttons on a per channel type basis. Allowing input channel, Auxiliary and Stem Group mix bus operation of the buttons to be linked in different user defined ways. A simple user interface offers fast and customisable setup of the Follow Function. Offering ultimate flexibility for operator workflow and allowing engineers to access the channels they need quickly and efficiently.
  • Effects Rack Tempo Link — The Tempo Link feature adds the ability to link and control the Tap Tempo of any Delay effects loaded into the L500 and L300’s Effects Racks. Allowing up to 6 independent Tap Tempo functions to be controlled via both the hardware User Buttons and consoles multi-gesture touch screens. If multiple Delay effects need to be controlled by the same Tap Tempo, all the operator needs to do is load those effects into the same rack and enable their Tempo Link functions and they are immediately linked and their tempos linked together.
  • Introduction of User Buttons for Tap and Menu select — The Master Tile User Buttons have now been activated and offer access to the 6 Tap Tempo functions that are part of the new Effects Rack Tempo Link feature and also direct access to 4 of the most used menus of the Live consoles. The User Buttons now offer direct hardware access to these key functions and can be switched simply between Mute Groups and User Buttons with a single button press. Both sets of functions are also available via the new Home Menu which is also part of the V2.5 feature set.
  • Home Menu — As part of the feature expansion within the V2.5 software release, a number of new menus have been added to the Channel Control Tiles Home button, which includes its own multi-gesture touch screen. These include access to the Mute Groups and User buttons from the Tiles and also an Automation View, which gives access to and visibility of the console’s scene list, scene notes and many other automation functions.
  • Mix Bus Copy — This feature allows the contributions of entire mix buses to be copied across the Live console’s flexible bus structure. Copying between Mono, Stereo and LCR configured mix buses is included and it is also possible to copy across all mix bus types. Allowing Auxiliary bus contributions to be copied to Stem Groups and vice versa. This feature offers very fast and powerful mix bus copy/paste feature that is useful for any mixing application.

L300 and V2.5 will be available from November 2014. A new L300 compatible version of SOLSA, SSL’s OffLine Setup Application will also be released alongside V2.5.

More information: Solid State Logic / SSL Live.L300

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Solid State Logic launches XL-Desk

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Solid State Logic has announced the XL-Desk, a modern twist on the classic analogue studio console.

Solid State Logic XL-Desk

XL-Desk is designed for tracking or mixing engineers who require the sonic and workflow benefits of an analogue console within a DAW centric studio, but don’t want or need the integrated DAW control and analogue level automation other SSL console products have made the new hybrid studio standard.

XL-Desk is in many ways a traditional 24 into 8 analogue console but it packs in a compelling collection of features; 40+ inputs of SSL SuperAnalogue™ summing, an inbuilt 18 slot 500 format rack (with an SSL Stereo Bus Compressor pre-loaded), 8 SSL VHD mic Pre’s on board, four stereo Mix Buses, a fully featured monitoring and talkback section (with an SSL Listen Mic Compressor) and an incredible array of connectivity and routing options. It is the perfect analogue centre piece for a modern DAW focused studio.

XL Desk will be available from the end of October 2014. XL-Desk is available with the 500 format rack empty or fully loaded with 16 x SSL E-Series EQ modules priced from £11,750 GBP / 14,749 EUR / $19,999 USD excluding VAT or local taxes.

More information: Solid State Logic / XL-Desk

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Solid State Logic releases Offline Setup software for SSL Live console

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Solid State Logic has announced that its SSL OffLine Setup Application for the SSL Live console is now available for free download.

Solid State Logic Offline Software
The SSL OffLine Setup Application, or SOLSA, allows creation and editing of Live console Showfiles on a laptop or desktop PC.

Almost anything that can be done on a Live console can now be manipulated and configured ‘offline’ when access to a console is not possible.

Software functionality includes console architecture configuration and setup of Fader Tile Layers and Banks. Stageboxes and I/O routing can be assigned along with the creation of scenes and other automation editing. SOLSA also allows you to add effects, manipulate channel processing settings, bus routing and VCA assignments. SOLSA includes the same Help System as the Live console software, offering a built-in user guide with tutorials and reference sections.

SOLSA is intended to enable engineers to configure Showfiles in preparation for shows but it is a fantastic way for anybody to explore and learn about the SSL Live console.

The software is a free download for Windows.

More information: Solid State Logic / Offline Software

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