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Analogue Mixing Console Total Recall and Automation
The AWS (Analogue Workstation System) reinvented the professional production console by combining classic SSL SuperAnalogue™ console technology with comprehensive DAW control hardware in a single work surface. The AWS is now used by leading international recording artists, producers and engineers and has shaped expectations for session workflow within today's and indeed tomorrows' production environments. The spring 2015 release of AWS δelta is another step in the constant evolutionary development that has characterised its enormously successful life. The new console marks the introduction of δelta-Control (δ-Ctrl), a completely new analogue console automation platform for SSL studio technology that unites the very best of automation in the analogue console domain with DAW based workflow. All new AWS consoles will be δelta models and console upgrades are available for all preceding models.
Designed for mid-scale commercial recording and production facilities, the AWS is available with 16 inputs (AWS 916), 24 inputs (AWS 924) or 48 inputs (AWS 948) within a compact 24 fader frame. The AWS 916 has 16 mic pre's, the AWS 924 and 948 have 24 mic pre's. The AWS 916 & 924 have mono channel strips and the 948 has stereo/dual mono channel strips that offer a second line level input per channel to provide 48 summing channels. All models deliver pristine SuperAnalogue™ summing, 24 ultra-clean SSL SuperAnalogue mic pre's, classic SSL dual curve EQ on every channel, two assignable SSL Dynamics channels, legendary Stereo Buss Compressor, TotalRecall™ and full 5.1 monitoring. In addition to on board classic SSL Automation, all models feature the new δ-Ctrl system. You can read more about δelta-Control here.
The AWS also features Ethernet connectivity for streamlined hardware control over your entire Digital Audio Workstation environment. AWS delivers elegant, ergonomic physical control with dedicated heavy duty DAW transport, V-Pot multifunction encoders with position indicating LED's, Digital Scribble Strips, DAW fader mode, global and channel routing control and built-in TFT display for advanced plug-in editing. Project Session Management is kept simple through SSL's proprietary Logictivity interface.
The AWS is an SSL SuperAnalogue™ console, featuring the audio performance specifications that have established the benchmarks by which other manufacturers are measured. Exceptionally low THD, noise floor & crosstalk levels keep your audio absolutely pristine, while our legendary headroom carries every nuance of your audio and allows engineers to mix 'hotter' without distortion.
-Combination of SuperAnalogue™ console and advanced DAW controller
-SSL SuperAnalogue™ mix bus provides pristine audio foundations
-SSL SuperAnalogue mic pre's provide transparent record path
-Innovative Dual Path Channel with three versatile operating modes (948 only)
-48 inputs on AWS 948;
IN-LINE TRACKING = 1 mic + 1 line inputs per channel
IN-LINE MIX = 2 x mono line inputs per channel
STEREO MIX = 1 x stereo line input per channel
-NEW! δelta-Control advanced integration of console and DAW automation. Read More.
-AWSomation SSL motorised fader mix automation based on the heritage of G and K series Ultimation
-Versatile 4 band channel EQ, assignable Dynamics and SSL Master Bus Compressor
-4-Band EQ design with independent E/G curve switching of HF/LF (Stereo on 948 only)
-5.1 Surround monitoring and Monitor calibration including Bass management
-MIDI over Ethernet multi layer DAW workstation control
-Digital Scribble Strips for console and DAW data
-Elegant project setup via SSL Logictivity Remote Browser and SD card storage
-SSL's unique trademarked TOTAL RECALL™ system with 'TR Autoscan'
-Responsible 'green' manufacturing and reduced power consumption
-Compact 24 fader frame ideal for small control rooms
AWS 916/924 Channel
The AWS 916/924 continues the classic design of the AWS 900.
The AWS 916/924 Channel Input section features a balanced Line Input with +/-20dB of gain and a world class SuperAnalogue� Mic Amp featuring continuous mic gain control (+15 to +75dB), phase reverse and switchable 48V phantom power. An Instrument D.I allows for high impedance sources such as guitars. The Flip control overrides the Master Mic/Line input selection assigned globally via the console centre section.
Taken from the legendary XL 9000 K Series console and its current successor Duality, the AWS 924 features a highly flexible EQ section, switchable between a default �E Series� operation and the characteristic �G Series� curves and control interaction. The INS IN switch routes the channel via the balanced Insert Send and Return. PRE places the Insert before the EQ section. In conjunction with the dynamics CHIP and CHOP routing keys, the order of the EQ, INSERT and DYNAMICS blocks can be re-ordered.
HPF - 18dB/Octave high-pass filter with detente bypass position
G-EQ Curve switch - toggles between the default �E-Series� and �G-Series� tonal characteristics and control interaction
HF - High frequency shelving equalizer switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch
HMF - High frequency parametric mid-band EQ section
LMF - Low frequency parametric mid-band EQ
LF - Low frequency shelving EQ Switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch
Routing & Sends
Each channel has access to 2 main Stereo Busses (RECORD and MIX) in addition to 2 Stereo Cue busses and 4 mono FX sends. Every AWS Channel features a Direct Channel Output (CH OP) and can also feed 8 independent Track Busses. SSL�s unique �EFX� system is present on all channels significantly enhancing creativity by allowing free assignment of send controls.
Digital Scribble Strips
When the AWS is in analogue focus mode the Digital Scribble Strips display name and parameter information for the selected analogue signal path. When the AWS is in DAW focus mode they then display DAW channel and processing parameters dependent on your chosen DAW and selected functions.
The AWS features touch sensitive 100mm motorised faders. In analogue mode they control the analogue signal path of either the Channel input or DAW return path. In DAW mode they default to control over channel level control but can be used for other controllable DAW parameters.
You can really see where the money has been spent on this console, and it constitutes a truly professional high-end console for the mid-market studio or post house. Throw in the perfectly executed DAW interface and console integration and this has to be my product of the year!
Sound On Sound
After three long days of mixing very elaborate productions on the AWS 948 (in the new mix room at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia, www.sigmasoundstudios.com), I walked away with mixes that everyone was totally happy with, and there was no question that the console was the right sound for this music - big, expansive, powerful music within which clarity and analog 3D mojo were necessary.