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SSL UNVEILS REVOLUTIONARY NEW VERSION OF ACCLAIMED AWS 900 ANALOGUE CONSOLE/DAW CONTROLLER AT AES 2010

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Collection of Radical New Features and Doubled Channel Count Transforms One of the Best-Selling SSL Consoles of All Time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional digital and analogue consoles, is proud to present a radical update to the hugely successful AWS 900 console. Launched in 2004, the AWS reinvented the professional production console by combining classic SSL analogue console technology with DAW control hardware in a single work surface. Over 550 consoles later the AWS has evolved through several significant upgrades. Now, SSL proudly presents the first revolution, rather than evolution, of the AWS at AES 2010 (Booth 902).

Maintaining the same well-established 24 fader footprint, the new AWS is now available in 24 Input (AWS 924) and 48 Input (AWS 948) variants and introduces significant new features including Dual Path Channels with stereo EQ & Insert, 8 fader bay Digital Scribble Strips and ‘A-FADA’ (Analogue Fader Accesses DAW Automation) automation where motorized analogue faders follow DAW automation data.

The increase from 24 to 48 inputs on the AWS 948 is achieved via the introduction of a unique Dual Path Channel Strip design where each channel has a single mic pre and two line level inputs, a new Stereo EQ and Stereo Insert. This new channel enables three different operating modes: STEREO MIX, IN-LINE MIX and IN-LINE TRACKING. These differing modes offer a wealth of workflow options that enhance today’s versatile production environments. The new Stereo EQ design featured on the AWS 948 is sonically similar to the SSL SuperAnalogue™ mono 4 band parametric Channel EQ but adds independent switching of HF/LF and Mid Frequency bands between E and G series tonal characteristics.

The new ‘A-FADA’ mode brings the most radical change to the AWS 924 & 948. It enables the analogue motorized faders to follow Continuous DAW Automation data. This unique addition delivers all the sonic advantages of automation of the analogue audio path with the workflow advantages of DAW-based Automation Data, with nonlinear editing and large GUI manipulation. Further enhancements to both the 924 and 948 include a redesigned Meter Penthouse including a new Phase Meter and improved Master Metering, new LCD Digital Scribble Strips, updated cosmetic styling including “sexy? new console legs, the addition of the timesaving ‘TR Autoscan’, Summing Bus Injects for the CUE and FX busses and SD Card based Multiple Project storage.

About the New AWS 948 Operating Modes
The AWS 948 Dual Path Channel is much more than a simple stereo channel. It has three different Operating Modes suited to different project workflows.

IN-LINE TRACKING is similar to the AWS 900 with either the MIC or LINE signal providing the CHOP and Track Bus source. (Note: there is no longer an Instrument DI Input). Normally this primary signal is level controlled by the V-Pot. However, through “fader flip? it is possible to use the large fader instead. In this setup the secondary signal (DAW output/Monitor Return or the even the CHOP) goes to the Large fader.

IN-LINE MIX provides identical operation to the existing AWS 900 channel strip with the exception that a second signal path is available as a mix input in classic ‘In Line’ console fashion. In this mode, the Channel V-Pot acts as the second input gain control (along with the associated SOLO/CUT switches). Furthermore, the V-Pot’s level and mute status can be automated. This allows all 48 channel signal paths level and cut automation in the analogue domain. Note that it is also possible to move the Insert into the secondary path (ideal for X-Rack processing etc).

STEREO MIX mode provides a fully-featured Stereo channel aimed primarily at stem mixing with 4 Band EQ, HPF, Stereo Insert, Balance/Width control and routing to the REC and MIX busses, the track busses, and the Stereo CUE. The FX sends and the CHOP are sourced by a mono sum of the stereo signal.

Channel configuration and Setup is accomplished via the AWS 948 onboard TFT screen and soft keys, and it is even possible to move or divide the channels processing resources (EQ, Insert etc.) between each of the dual paths.

About SSL SuperAnalogue™
There are many factors in the equation that has made the AWS the world’s leading audio production console: incredible SSL ergonomics that deliver hands on creative inspiration, truly great audio processing tools, 5.1 monitoring, the kind of reliability that only comes from outstanding build quality, etc. etc… But the foundations are simple benchmark SSL SuperAnalogue™ sonics. The SuperAnalogue™ mix bus provides pristine transparency with stunning clarity, extended headroom and precise panoramic positioning. It is the fact that with every project, whatever the workflow, from start to finish, the AWS sounds amazing.

New Features
AWS 948 only
• 48 inputs
o IN-LINE TRACKING = 1 mic + 1 line inputs per channel
o IN-LINE MIX = 2 x mono line inputs per channel
o STEREO MIX = 1 x stereo line input per channel
• New Stereo EQ design with independent E/G curve switching of HF/LF and HMF/LMF bands
• Innovative new Dual path channel with three versatile operating modes

AWS 924 & AWS 948
• Unique Analogue Fader Access DAW Automation mode
• Cool-looking new legs and cosmetic styling
• 8 channel LCD Solo/Cut tile displays
• SD flash card enables on board storage of multiple projects
• TR Autoscan streamlines TR operation
• New Phase meter and new 20 segment bargraph meters.
• Bus Injects for Cue and FX Busses

Key AWS Features
• Combination of analogue console and advanced DAW controller
• SSL SuperAnalogue™ mix bus provides pristine audio foundations
• SSL SuperAnalogue™ mic pre’s transparent record path
• Versatile 4 band channel EQ, assignable Dynamics and SSL Master Bus Compressor
• 5.1 Surround monitoring and Monitor speaker calibration including Bass management
• MIDI over Ethernet multi layer DAW workstation control
• Precise, intuitive motorized fader mix AWSomation
• Elegant console project management with SSL Logicitivity Remote Browser and SD card storage
• SSL’s unique trademarked TOTAL RECALL™ system
• Responsible ‘green’ manufacturing and reduced power consumption
• Compact 24 fader frame ideal for small control rooms

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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