At the recent AES show, Solid State Logic (SSL) announced two new components for the X-Rack modular rack system — the VHD Input Module and the Stereo Bus Compressor Module.
The Stereo Bus Compressor Module makes the acclaimed center section compressor from SSL G-Series Consoles available for the X-Rack system. Occupying two X-Rack slots, the doublewide module is designed to make complete mixes sound bigger, bringing cohesion and strength to the mix without compromising clarity. The module delivers the classic tonal characteristic of the G-Series Compressor, using the ultra high bandwidth, ultra low noise SuperAnalogue circuit design. The classic threshold, attack, ratio, release and make up controls make the module extremely simple to operate. Multiple modules can also be combined for surround processing.
The VHD Input Module combines some classic SSL heritage with a generous helping of cutting edge circuit design to deliver an alternative to the pure X-Rack Mic Amp Module. The VHD Input Module is based on the input section of the popular SSL E-Signature Channel rack processor. The VHD Input module combines five key elements: a high bandwidth amp stage for mic, instrument or line inputs; SSL’s Variable Harmonic Drive circuit; an additional line input/trim control section; high- and low-pass filters; and the classic listen mic compressor.
The VHD system is an analog circuit that adds a variable blend of second or third harmonic distortion to your signal. At relatively low input gain settings, it delivers clean recordings. By increasing the input gain and adjusting the VHD control, recordings can take on the characteristics of ’50s valve-style overdrive, hard-edged ’70s transistor-style grit or a blend of the two.
Based on SuperAnalogue electronics from SSL’s XL 9000 K Series console, X-Rack is a modular rack system with total recall that delivers the classic SSL sound in a uniquely versatile form. Each X-Rack chassis holds up to eight modules in any configuration.
For more information, visit www.solid-state-logic.com.