Solid State LogicSiX Desktop Mixer
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Solid State Logic SiX
The SiX continues SSL's tradition of providing incomparable utility and sound quality—this time in the form of a small desktop mixer. While at first glance it bears resemblance to other small-format mixers, a close look reveals that SiX provides a staggering number of routing options that, when paired with the integrated SuperAnalogue preamps and G-Series Bus Compressor, turn it into a formidable tool for sound management in the studio and on the stage. Equipped to handle any signal you can throw at it, the SiX will guarantee that your mics, synths, drum machines, and external effect processors will sound as full and clear as they possibly can.
The SiX's first two channels alone offer tremendous sonic potential. Each of these mono channels features a SuperAnalogue preamp, with inputs equipped to handle Mic, Line, and Hi-Z/Instrument-level signals: so you can run virtually any piece of gear through this console. Both SuperAnalogue channels provide a switchable, hyper-adaptable one-knob compressor with signal-dependent attack/release/ratio, auto-makeup gain, and adjustable threshold control. The signal then passes along to a two-band EQ borrowed from SSL's larger analog consoles, with shelving and bell-curve modes for extensive sonic sculpting options. Each of these channels provides the option for integrating balanced insert effects as well—so if you need to tie any other external processors into your signal chain, it is easily possible.
Two dedicated stereo line input channels provide a perfect place to connect your high-end synths, samplers, and more. These channels do not feature quite all the bells and whistles as the first two SuperAnalogue channels, but they do offer the same 100mm channel faders and eight-segment LED meters, making it easy to control and visualize the state of your mix.
All four channels provide two stereo cue sends. Unlike most small mixers' Aux and FX send sections, these Cue sends provide an uncommon level of control: while they certainly can be used as generic effects sends, they can also easily be used to set up entire alternate Cue mixes, useful for artists in your sound booth or tracking room, or for creating separate main and monitor mixes on stage. If you think of these as general-purpose alternative mix controls, the extent of their potential uses will quickly become clear. Additionally, the SiX's channel mute switches are much more than meets the eye: rather than simply removing the channel from your main monitor output, the mute switch re-routes "muted" channels' audio to "Bus B": a separate stereo output which could be routed to alternative monitors or anywhere you might desire.
As one might expect, the monitor controls also feature extensive signal selection and routing options. Additionally, they provide dedicated dim and cut controls, perfect for use in the studio, as well as a mono sum switch, great for helping to assess the mono-compatibility of your mix. And of course, the integrated G-Series bus compressor alone is worth the price of entry: based on the bus compressor found in the SL4000G console from 1989, it provides controls for threshold and makeup gain and with only slight tweaks can glue together any mix. Nothing sounds like this compressor.
It's difficult to look at this feature set and not be excited: SSL's SiX provides a huge amount of utility for the price. And, in a way that only seems possible with SSL, this utility transcends the realm of practical concerns into the realm of creative decisionmaking: the SiX will not only make recording and performing easier, but it will turn the process of mixing into a source of inspiration.
- SuperAnalogue mixer in an unprecedented format
- Channels 1 and 2 feature Superanalogue preamps, independently switchable phantom power, switchable 75Hz highpass filter, dedicated one-knob compression, two-band EQ, and dual stereo cue assignment
- Separate line/instrument-level switchable inputs on channels 1 and 2
- Stereo line channels 3/4 & 5/6
- Two stereo external line inputs
- Balanced insert points
- Full-size 100mm faders for channels 1, 2, 3/4, and 5/6
- True G-Series Master Bus Compressor built-in: the glue that could hold any mix together
- Extensive routing and monitoring options: cue busses for alternative mixes, alternate monitor outputs, mono check switch, master dim, master cut
- Talkback mic input with phantom power and Listen Mic Compressor
- Outstanding price to functionality ratio
- Channels: 6
- Inputs: 2x XLR, 2x 1/4" Line/Hi-Z, 4x 1/4" TRS Line, 4x 1/4" TRS SuperAnalogue Line
- Outputs: 2x XLR, 2x 1/4" TRS monitor, 2x 1/4" TRS alt monitor
- Send/Return: 1/4" TRS
- Inserts: 2x DB-25
- Talkback: 1x XLR
- Headphones: 1x 1/4" stereo
- Power: 5-pin 15VDC PSU (included)
- Dimensions: 10.6 x 12.2 x 4.7"
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