Solid State Logic Next Generation Analog Studio Console Introduced at AES 2019

October 17 2019, 00:20
Solid State Logic (SSL) decided it was time to revisit the company’s analog origins with a new studio classic console. Visitors to the AES NY 2019 convention had the chance to witness the first preview of the Origin analog console, the latest in a long heritage of SSL studio mixing consoles. Origin has a traditional analog studio workflow at its heart whilst providing the perfect partner for a modern DAW driven ‘hybrid’ production studio. 

The traditional design of the new SSL Origin looks back to the ‘origin’ of in-line consoles for signal flow inspiration, but blends cutting edge analog developments to deliver a unique sonic signature that is still unmistakably SSL.
A purely analog, inline, dual channel design, with 16 buses, E Series EQ and the classic Bus Compressor, Origin breathes new life into a design classic across the whole console. The new PureDrive mic pre inherits the clarity and purity of previous SSL Mic Pre designs, that can also switch character to a warm, harmonically rich and driven tone that varies with mic pre gain. The new mix bus and mix amp architecture delivers an amazingly low noise floor along with a huge headroom for a summing bus, that retains the classic SSL sound while bringing the breadth and space to mixes that engineers and producers love from analog summing. Balanced insert points per channel path, dedicated channel direct outputs, stem-ready 0dB fader bypass switches, and a new configurable centre section, make it an ideal way to add console workflow to a modern production studio.
“This really is the culmination of everything we have put into analog console design over the past four decades” comments Niall Feldman, SSL Director of New Products. “Origin is the studio console we would have created then, for the way we work today – it is quite simply a new analog classic.”

“Music production is core to our origin at Solid State Logic” adds Nigel Beaumont, SSL Managing Director, “and it’s important we utilize this unique heritage to continue defining new products that are more accessible to the growing studio market. It allows us to deliver next generation consoles such as Origin, with the right features, at the right price point, and of course, with that unmistakable SSL sound.”

New Exclusive North American Partner For SSL
SSL’s AES 2019 presence also served to signal a new business partnership with Group One to manage its US portfolio of audio solutions and operational infrastructure. The new deal brings together one of professional audio’s most prestigious brands with Group One’s extensive distribution, customer support and partner network, to further strengthen both businesses.

The partnership also sees the introduction of pro audio industry veteran Phil Wagner as North American Senior Vice President of SSL, working alongside the Group One senior management team. Wagner has been involved in the audio and entertainment industry for the last four decades. Having started as a recording engineer and technician using SSL consoles, he eventually worked for the company for 17 years, becoming President of US operations in 2005. His career has also included President of US operations for Focusrite Novation, with more recent senior management roles at Apogee Electronics and Ocean Way Audio.
The SSL and Group One management team (left to right): SSL Managing Director Nigel Beaumont, SSL USA SVP Phil Wagner, Group One President Bryan Bradley, and Group One CEO Jack Kelly.
“This is a coming home for me, working with a brand and colleagues that helped shape my early career,” comments Wagner. “They are making products I always envisaged SSL making, and with the team at Group One we can ensure our clients and partners get to share this amazing opportunity. Seeing the wealth of new products coming makes this a special time to be part of the company, and I couldn’t be prouder to follow my career back to its true SSL origin.”
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