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40 input SuperAnalogue™ summing console, advanced hybrid hardware control surface

 

Give your studio a new heart

Matrix2 is the ideal console/controller for your hybrid production studio. It is the most elegant solution available today for those who wish to incorporate the sonic advantages of SSL summing and a collection of boutique analogue mic pre's & processors into their DAW centred studio workflow. The analogue side of Matrix2 combines: a 40 input SuperAnalogue™ summing mixer, fully featured Monitor Switching & Talkback and an in-built 'Insert Router' which enables individual or chains of analogue outboard processors to be inserted quickly and easily. The 16 + 1 fader hardware control surface swaps with a single button push from control over the analogue console signal path to functioning as a comprehensive multi-layer DAW control surface.

Designed to be at the heart of your everyday creative process, Matrix is built to meticulous SSL hardware standards, to withstand even the most intensive studio use. Fully equipped to partner your monitors, workstations and outboard gear, Matrix lets you shape your project studio around the way you work.

 

Key Features

 

40 input SuperAnalogue™ summing console:

16 analogue line channels with two inputs per channel

32 x 16 x 16 'Insert Router' for up to 16 external hardware processing devices

Hardware processors can be inserted via console controls or cross platform drag and drop software browser

Hardware processors can be inserted individually or as 'chains'

Stereo Aux Send and 4 x Mono Sends per channel

4 Stereo Returns with full stereo mix bus routing

Dual Stereo Mix Busses with summing Inserts and reassign

Artist Monitor output with independent EQ and monitor source selection

'In Line' DAW monitoring with 'SuperCue' headphone mode

Stereo or 5.1 External Monitor inputs

Stereo or 5.1 EXT monitoring outputs with independent Main and Mini monitor control

5.1 Monitor card available as an upgrade for Matrix V1 owners: here.

Stereo digital I/O (S/PDIF, AES/EBU) with SSL converter technology

iJack front panel Monitor input

Heavy duty external PSU

 

Ergonomically advanced hybrid hardware control surface:

Single button push flips control between the analogue signal path and DAW software

Multi-layer control of up to four DAW's simultaneously

Digital scribble strips for constant visual feedback

16 channel strips each with motorised fader and assignable rotary encoder

Additional motorised 'Focus' fader for simultaneous DAW/Console control

Fader-linking for analogue channels

Programmable hardware buttons for sending of standard USB keyboard commands

Total Recall for analogue console controls

General purpose MIDI controller mode

A-FADA or MIDI Fader automation

Ethernet MIDI connectivity

 

Cross platform 'Logictivity' remote browser interface:

Intuitive cross platform remote browser for system configuration and project management

Simple drag and drop insert router page for configuring hardware device chains and loading inserts

Performance Figures

Headroom < +26dBu @ 1kHz (< 1% THD)

Line In to Direct Out

Frequency Response ±0dB at 20Hz, +0/–0.1dB at 20kHz, –1dB at 80kHz

Noise < –89dBu 20Hz – 22kHz

THD < 0.002% @ 1kHz (+24dBu, 22kHz filter)

Line to Aux Bus Out

Frequency Response ±0dB at 20Hz, +0/–0.1dB at 20kHz

Noise < –93dBu (no channels routed), < –76dBu (all channels routed, faders at 0dB)

THD < 0.002% @ 1kHz (+24dBu, 22kHz filter)

Line To Mix/Rec Bus Out

Frequency Response ±0dB at 20Hz, +0/–0.1dB at 20kHz

Noise < –89dBu (no channels routed), < –77.5dBu (all channels routed, faders at 0dB, pan at centre)

THD < 0.002% @ 1kHz (+24dBu, 22kHz filter)

 

Matrix Digital IO Specifications

Test conditions (unless otherwise specified): Input test signal is a 1kHz sine wave; measurement bandwidth is 22Hz to 22kHz, signal

level is –1dB FS.

Stereo ADC

Source selectable between Mix bus, Record bus and Monitor (pre level control) signals.

Connections: S/PDIF (TosLink optical) and AES-3 (male XLR). Signal available on both connectors at all times.

Sample rate – locks to selected digital input up to a maximum sample rate of 192kHz. In the absence of a valid digital input

defaults to 48kHz.

Dynamic range typically 113dB A-weighted, 111dB unweighted. Worst case 108dB unweighted

THD < 0.0015%

0dB FS switchable between +18dBu and +24dBu

DAC

Connections: source selectable from Matrix front panel between S/PDIF (TosLink optical) and AES-3 (female XLR) inputs.

Sample rate 32kHz to 192kHz

Dynamic range typically 116dB A-weighted, 111dB unweighted. Worst case 109dB unweighted

THD < 0.001%

0dBFs switchable between +18dBu and +24dBu

 

 

 

A hugely powerful product that bridges the gap between the analogue and digital worlds.

Music Radar

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It is an infinitely malleable controller surface for any DAW and an excellent-sounding analog mixer/summing system — all attributes that take square aim at the current (and future) workflow needs of the modern music producer.

Mix Magazine

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I liked everything about the SSL Matrix — from its styling and its feature set to its ergonomics and its DAW integration....

If you're looking for a top-notch DAW controller, but also want a very high-quality analogue mix bus, decent monitoring facilities, and a neat and simple way of integrating your existing outboard equipment — and you have the budget of a modest family car available — then I'd say that this is the desk to consider before all other options.

Sound On Sound

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