October 28, 2006

Solid State Lovin'

by Chris Randall

Oh, you http://www.solid-state-logic.com/music/xlogic_achannel.html>sexy little thing, you.
I gotta say, the post chapter-13 (or whatever they call it in the UK) SSL is releasing some really nice stuff. This was shown at AES, and carries an MSRP of $1895, making it an SSL channel strip actually within reach of mere mortals. ADC, too, so you can whack it right in to your DAW, if you've got shit converters. I'll take one, please.



Oct.29.2006 @ 12:08 AM
dyin' for a pair of these...would go nicely with my new aurora8. :)

Oct.30.2006 @ 3:02 AM
This was the one AES product that made my wang stand up and say: YES!

Oct.30.2006 @ 6:14 AM
It was announced at the AES at 1,850 ? should make it more than $2,500

Oct.30.2006 @ 12:08 PM
Chris Randall
I gotta disagree with your detective work, there, PuRpLe. Pretty much every press release site has the MSRP as either $1895 or $1899. I think we're going to be looking at a street in the $1600 range. For $2500, there are much better options, of course.



Oct.30.2006 @ 10:33 PM
woah. hmm. anyone notice how SSL became major sponsors of the open-source Ardour project? They gotta be thinking about building a DAW right into their high-end consoles, forget this "DAW controller" stuff.

Then, between stuff like this and the Duende, they have the middle of the road/pros covered.

not only are they putting out nice stuff, they seem to have a decent long-term vision too. one to watch.


Oct.31.2006 @ 1:57 AM
great stuff happening since Peter Gabriel bought SSL

Oct.31.2006 @ 10:40 AM
penzoil washington
and SSL has this up their sleeve for $2695 list:

XLogic Alpha-Link AX
Professional ADAT & AD DA converter (24 channels)

The Alpha Link AX shares an almost identical feature set to the Alpha Link MADI AX but strips away the MADI functionality to deliver a super ADAT Lightpipe based SSL enhanced AD/DA solution that hits an impressive price to performance ratio.


Oct.31.2006 @ 1:38 PM
Chris Randall
I look at the Ardour project with a suspicious eye, I'll tell you what. I tried it out when the last rev hit the streets, and was, like "well, this is nice enough, but I'd rather spend the $99 and run Cubase SL, quite frankly." It has a long, long ways to go before it is even approaching something usefull.

I have a metaphor, if anyone is interested. There's this gigantic empty unlit warehouse, right? Glued to a random place on one wall is a penny. You then send in a dozen twelve-year-olds with laser pointers. If one of them hits the penny with his laser pointer, that would signify a working, useful piece of software. However, they release the software the second they let the twelve-year-olds in to the warehouse.

Long story short, there are some things the open source movement is good at (operating systems to a certain extent), and some things they aren't (specific professional working environments, for instance.) Completing a competetive DAW that is better than, say, FL Studio, is a good example of the latter course of action. Money is a powerful motivator. I'll believe it when I see it.



Nov.01.2006 @ 12:43 PM
I assumed the Ardour funding had something to do with the Sydec workstations they bought out in the summer, sort of finding existing software to mold into something useful for that platform. Ardour isn't particularly advanced compared to most commercial stuff, but they start from a pretty good base. I think some open source apps have shown well. Evolution, for instance, I think trounces Outlook.

Another company I could imagine SSL now having some interest in is Muse Research (receptor/uniwire folk). Their Muse Machine engine is pretty neat, would go some ways to developing a Linux-based, VST friendly DAW workstation thing.

And this X-logic thing does look pretty nice, especially if it looks like it'll go for $1600.


Nov.04.2006 @ 7:04 PM
CR: agreed about the utility of Ardour. There are good commercial DAW options for not much $$$ out there; how much is one's time worth? Free as in speech, not free as in beer, indeed.

What makes me curious is why SSL sponsored the project. This is fairly common in high tech - Google hires Mozilla programmers and pays them to work on Firefox full time. But not so much in the audio world.

All told, Ardour is a solid start. If they were serious they'd hire a couple more people to speed up development, and maybe someone to help with fit 'n finish/GUI polish. Then integrate w/ Sydec's offerings and SSL's own equipment - pretty interesting combo.




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