SSL Live. L500 PlusAbsolute Power and Ultimate Flexibility.
Work Your Way
We are all different. We all have our own way of doing things and of course for all of us, our own way is the right way. When it comes to control surface ergonomics, the SSL way is to provide solutions that aim to let everybody work how they want to. With Live most things can be done either via the touch screen or via the hardware controls or you can combine both approaches. We provide the traditional tools you are used to, but we also love to find new ways of doing things.
The Live Channel architecture is easy to configure and extremely flexible. Channels have their own dedicated processing power and can be full with complete processing or dry and consume less processing power. Full channels have an unrivalled set of process tools with hi and lo-pass filters, four band parametric EQ which carries the legendary SSL tonal character (switchable between Legacy or constant Q), compressor with a new tube ‘warmth’ effect, expander/gate, delay, panning and all pass filter. There are two insert points. Dry Channels have no processing tools, two inserts and use less processing power. The Channel setup panel in the touch screen makes configuration and routing fast and intuitive. Channels can be mono, stereo, LCR, 4.0 or 5.1 and there are configurable foldown options.
SSL Live consoles introduce a new type of signal path not found on other live consoles which we are calling the Stem Group. It functions in a similar way to a traditional subgroup, however a Stem Group has an increased feature set that makes it enormously powerful. A Stem Group is a unique type of hybrid mix bus that takes the key functions of a Sub Group, an Input, an Aux and a Matrix and rolls them into one extremely powerful tool. Stem Groups offer incredibly flexible routing options within the mix engine not found on any other live console. As with all other path types they can be configured in mono, stereo, LCR, 4.0 or 5.1. Both full and dry versions are available. Stem Groups offer truly new and powerful ways to think about mixing and offer flexible solutions to manage your creative environment.
Unique to Live is the ability to change the order of path processing blocks for Channels, Stem Groups, Masters etc in real time. A simple ‘block swipe’ user interface in the main touch screen allows elements to be dragged and dropped to any point in the signal path giving absolute flexibility.
VCA’s, Mute Groups and Main Fader
The essential tools of the live mixer are provided in abundance. The L500 Plus provides 36 VCA’s and ten Mute Groups. Any fader can be assigned to a VCA. Mute Groups have a dedicated bank of buttons in the Master Tile. Any channel can be assigned to a VCA or Mute Group within the channel assignment menu on the touch screen. The Main Fader, also located in the Master Tile, has its own metering, solo/mute and Query buttons and can be assigned to any Channel, Stem Group, Aux, VCA, Master, Solo or Matrix output.
Super-Q is the next generation of Live’s Query function, offering unprecedented workflow flexibility from the touch of a single button. Just like the original Query function, Super-Q allows the user to ‘spill out’ the contributing elements or destinations for a selected fader/path accross the control surface. Pressing a channel’s ‘Q’ button shows the mix busses to which the channel is routed. Querying a mix bus will show only the channels that are contributing to that mix. Pressing a VCA’s Q button will show all channels under its control.
Super-Q also shows the send levels to and from mixes, allowing instant and accurate mix control, either from a channel- or mix-centric view. These contributions can be displayed either on the rotary encoders at the top of each fader strip or automatically ‘flipped’ onto the faders. This can work in either direction; Query an input channel to gain access to its send levels to all mixes, or Query a mix bus to access the send levels from each channel contributing to it. Super-Q has two modes; ‘Compressed’ mode shows a focussed view of only the audio paths contributing to or from the Queried path. ‘Expanded’ mode offers user-defined layers and banks, allowing the user to lay out exactly where they want each channel to appear on the surface. The modes are configurable on a per-path type basis, giving the user complete control of their workflow. These new features operate in conjunction with the console's Follow modes that allow any combination of Select, Solo and Query buttons to be linked. This allows, for example, an Aux to be selected to the main screen, Soloed for monitoring and Queried to access its mix sends on faders for only the channels contributing to it, all from the press of a single button. This hugely flexible feature makes SSL Live consoles especially well-suited to monitor mixing.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Our unique Spill feature enables the individual channels within a 5.1, 4.0, LCR or stereo path to be folded away under a single fader. Spill then lays them out on demand across the adjacent fader strips for relative adjustment or editing... when you’re done fold them away again. It saves layout space and makes manipulating multi-channel elements a lot easier.
As you would expect from the company that first introduced console automation over 30 years ago, the Live features an automation system that benefits from our unrivalled studio and broadcast background. Store virtually unlimited automation scenes. Use the extensive filters to choose exactly what settings the console stores or recalls, not just on a global basis but also on a per scene basis. Scene groups enable editing of all selected scenes in a single operation. Scenes can be triggered manually or from external triggers. Scenes even include the Eyeconix images and display brightness settings.