SSL have revisited the 500 Series module range. The classic Bus Compressor, E-EQ and E-Dynamics processing modules have been given a fresh, sleek new look to match SSL’s latest brushed ‘steel’ look and feel, while an enhanced VHD+ module, a new stereo ULTRAVIOLET Equaliser (UV-EQ) module and SiX Channel (SiX CH) module bring exciting new modules and features to the range.
SSL ULTRAVIOLET Equaliser
ULTRAVIOLET is a 4-Band SSL Stereo EQ based on Fusion but takes things a little further by adding two dedicated mid-bands, with a unique Focus control, for ultimate EQ flexibility.
ULTRAVIOLET draws careful selection of frequencies and response curves to create a musical and intuitive EQ designed to quickly dial in a radio-ready sound for your mix.
Focus mode allows the user to ‘spot’ the problem frequencies they want to accentuate or attenuate. Pressing the ‘Focus’ switch in, automatically narrows the chosen Q setting further and increases the range of gain available beyond the normal +/-9 dB operation. In true flexible SSL workflow fashion, it transforms this sweet sounding, musical SSL EQ into a more surgical tool.
4-Band SSL Stereo EQ
Minimum-Phase High and Low shelving bands from Fusion.
2 fully parametric SSL Mid-Bands, with ‘Focus’ mode.
5 frequency selectable High-Pass Filter and Dedicated Output Trim.
Module signal: Stereo
LF Shelf EQ: +/- 9dB Gain at 30, 50, 70, 90Hz
HF Shelf EQ: +/- 9dB Gain at 8k, 12k, 16k and 20kHz.
HMF Parametric EQ: +/- 9dB Gain 400Hz-6kHz
LMF Parametric EQ: +/- 9dB Gain 100Hz-1.1kHz
Switchable HPF: OFF, 30, 40, 50Hz
Gain Trim: +/- 12dB
Switched Bypass: Yes
SSL SiX CH (SiX Channel strip)
The SSL SiX Channel is a single-width 500 Series mini channel strip including the Mic-pre, low and high frequency EQ, andthe single knob compressor. The SiX Channel is a simple way to add additional Mic/Line inputs to any professional audio device. It is also a flexible way to create a professional modular mixer from a ‘summing’ 500 Series rack unit.
SuperAnalogue Pre-Amp input:
A wide gain range, ultra low noise SuperAnalogue design provides both Line and Mic facilities. The nominal Line Input impedance is 10 kΩ. This can be changed to 1 MΩ using the Hi-Z switch making this input suitable for very high impedance sources such as passive guitar pickups without the need for an external DI box.
· Switched 12 dB/oct, 75 Hz HPF
· Polarity Switch of the rear XLR Mic Amp rack input.
· Five segment LED meter of the output signal level in dBu
The EQ is a gentle, broad stroke two-band design with high and low shelving filters at 3.5 kHz and 60 Hz, adjustable from +15 dB to -15 dB . Each band can be switched between shelving and bell curves. The bell curves change centre frequency to operate at 5 kHz and 200 Hz giving greater versatility from the two controls.
A versatile ‘one knob’ compressor. LED meter indicating the amount of gain reduction being applied. The circuit has automatic make-up gain to maintain signal level for the full range of threshold settings.
Module signal: Mono
Pre-Amp Gain: Variable from +6 to +72 dB (Mic), -3 to +63dB (Line)
Mic Pre EIN: Typically 129dB