SSL Live I/O Ecosystem A powerful, versatile combination of high bandwidth Dante and MADI I/O

Live Ecosystem

SSL Live consoles use MADI, SSL's proprietary Blacklight II high bandwidth MADI, SSL's proprietary X-Light high bandwidth Dante, and Dante for audio distribution to a range of Stageboxes and converters. The result is an extremely flexible and robust distributed audio ecosystem for live sound reinforcement, recording and simultaneous broadcast.

Blacklight II is a high channel count, ultra-low latency interface, carrying 256x256 channels of 96 kHz 24-bit audio plus control data between SSL Live consoles and MADI devices on stage via a single cable. Featuring ruggedised connectors and cable redundancy, Blacklight II has been designed to offer a MADI I/O solution that is reliable and quick to deploy in the field, for those using point to point audio distribution. Blacklight II cables are used to connect consoles to a BL II.D MADI concentrator unit, from which MADI is distributed to Stageboxes. Blacklight II is an optional connection type for new L550, L350, L200 and L100 consoles and for L300, L500 and L500 Plus legacy consoles.

X-Light is a high channel count, ultra-low latency interface, carrying 256x256 channels of 96 kHz 24-bit audio plus control data between SSL Live consoles and Dante devices on stage via a single cable. Featuring ruggedised connectors and cable redundancy, X-Light has been designed to offer a Dante I/O solution that is reliable and quick to deploy in the field, while maintaining many of the benefits of a scalable and flexible AoIP network. X-Light establishes SSL Live as the first live sound console with enough Dante I/O to handle stage inputs for mid to large scale touring applications. With SSL Live, users are not limited to 64 Dante channels or a 48 kHz sample rate. X-Light cables are used to connect consoles to an X-Light Bridge unit on stage, from which Dante and Control Data is distributed to Dante Stageboxes via network switches. New L350 and L550 consoles can be specified with X-Light and SSL Blacklight II connections. The X-Light option can be fitted to any L100, L200, L350 or L550 console. Owners of L300 and L500 consoles can upgrade to L350/L550 to take advantage of X-Light.

ML32.32 - MADI Analogue Stagebox

As standard the 5U ML 32.32 analogue stagebox is fitted with 32 remote controlled SSL SuperAnalogueTM mic/line inputs and 32 line outputs on the front panel.

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Multiple units can be used to create larger systems. Remote switchable phantom power is available to all inputs. A/D D/A conversion takes place within the stagebox and the standard unit has two pairs of coaxial MADI In/Out configured as a redundant pair on the rear panel. The unit also features an additional pair of coaxial outputs for connection to a second SSL Live console for monitor mixing. There is also an optional rear-mounting panel for 32 split analogue mic outputs, which are derived before the active electronics of the mic/line amps (but after phantom power injection). There are sample rate and clock setup buttons and a pair of dedicated wordclock connections. MIDI and GPIO connections are also supplied for alternative remote control methods. Alternative options are available loaded with only 32 front panel input connections or 32 output connections.

 

D 32.32 - MADI AES/EBU Digital Stagebox

The D 32.32 is a 2U digital stagebox providing 16 x AES/EBU pairs of front panel XLR connectors. The standard operating rate of the Live is 96 kHz and sample rate conversion is available for all AES/EBU connections. The D 32.32 rear panel features exactly the same connectivity as the analogue stagebox with redundant coaxial MADI I/O, MADI output to a second console, setup controls and remote control connectivity.

D 32.32 AES Digital Stagebox Front AES Back

BL II.D - Blacklight II MADI Concentrator

The standard version of this 2U unit features a redundant pair of SSL’s proprietary Blacklight II connectors on the front panel (which can be expanded to two pairs).
Each connection carries 256 channels of audio at 96 kHz and is used for efficient cable connection to the console. The rear panel of the standard unit provides 8 redundant pairs of coaxial MADI connectors (which can be expanded to 16 pairs). This high density MADI I/O device delivers pristine digital audio interconnection between any configuration of ML 32.32 analogue and D 32.32 AES/EBU units and a second SSL Live console.

BL II.D Blacklight II MADI Concentrator Front BL II.D Blacklight II MADI Concentrator Back

MADI-Bridge - MADI to Dante Interface

The SSL Network I/O: MADI-Bridge enables bi-directional format conversion between the industry standard MADI audio format and IP audio network's using Dante.

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SSL Network I-O Madi-Bridge
SSL Network I-O Madi-Bridge

The Bridge can be used with any standard MADI device, including L300 and L500 consoles. The MADI-Bridge also offers bi-directional sample rate conversion between any asynchronous sample rates, from 44.1kHz to 192kHz and the ability to have independent clock domains between the two audio formats. With Dante committed to conform to AVB standards and AES67, the Bridge is also ready for future networked audio developments.

When used with SSL Live consoles the MADI-Bridge offers 32 channels of redundant audio @96kHz. When interfacing an L300 or L500 operating at their internal 96kHz sample rate with a 48kHz Dante network, the Bridge offers a useful bi-directional combine/split mode which allows two 32 channel 96kHz MADI streams to interface with a single 64 channel, 48kHz Dante network.

The SSL MADI-Bridge features a front panel headphone socket (with rotary level control) and inbuilt headphone monitor routing. Simple font panel controls facilitate routing mono or stereo paths from MADI In, MADI Out, Dante In or Dante Out directly to the headphones. A front panel LCD screen provides signal present metering selectable between any of the connected formats inputs or outputs. Redundant PSU, MADI ports and IP Network ports mean the Bridge is built for uninterrupted operation, keeping critical devices and audio paths functioning. In addition to the inbuilt clock redundancy options in Dante controller, the MADI-Bridge also includes a pair of redundant sync inputs for use as a self-redundant Dante Grand master clock. 32bit MADI control tunnelling allows a pair of MADI-Bridges to be used to pass audio and user bits of a whole MADI stream across a network. Remote locating existing MADI Mics or increasing cost efficiency of an existing fibre cable beyond a single MADI stream is now a simple task.

Key Features

  • Interface between MADI and IP Audio Networks using Dante
  • Bi-directional combine/split mode
  • Bi-directional sample rate conversion between any asynchronous sample rates, from 44.1kHz to 192kHz
  • Virtual Headphone Patch- 4 location Monitoring and Signal Present Metering to truly replace your patch bay with a digital network while retaining confidence and fault finding tools
  • Redundant: PSU, MADI ports, Dante Ports, Sync In - Full Spec Redundancy
  • GPIO connectivity - embed tallies across the network
  • Redundant Network extension ports - Local IO at bridge without a switch
  • Word Clock out - Clock a MADI device to the Dante Network
  • Lockout Mode - Prevent accidental alteration of front panel settings

SB32.24 - Dante Analogue Stagebox

The SB32.24 is a 5U ruggedised enclosure featuring dual redundant power supplies, 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analogue line outputs and 8 digital inputs and outputs on 4 AES3 input/output pairs. It has a pair of redundant RJ45 Dante network connections in addition to a user configurable SFP port that can be fitted with RJ45 or optical connectors. These can be used for network extension or to provide network separation for the gain-compensated Dante “split”, for connection to a second Dante-equipped console or appropriately equipped device on a different network. It has individual signal present, clip and phantom power LED’s as well as global indication of PSU, Network A and B and Hardware status. SB32.24 can operate at 96kHz or 48kHz sample rates.

SB 16.12 - Dante Analogue Stagebox

SB 16.12 is a 3U ruggedised enclosure featuring dual redundant power supplies, 16 mic/line inputs, 12 analogue line outputs and 4 digital inputs and outputs on 2 AES3 input/output pairs. It has a pair of redundant RJ45 Dante network connections in addition to a user configurable SFP port that can be fitted with RJ45 or optical connectors. These can be used for network extension or to provide network separation for the gain-compensated Dante “split”, for connection to a second Dante-equipped console or appropriately equipped device on a different network. It has individual signal present, clip and phantom power LED’s as well as global indication of PSU, Network A and B and Hardware status. SB 16.12 can operate at 96kHz or 48kHz sample rates.

SB 8.8 & SB i16 - Dante Analogue Stageboxes

These 2RU units offer different configurations but share features. The SB 8.8 offers eight mic/line inputs and eight line level outputs. SB i16 offers sixteen mic/ line inputs. Both models feature a pair of redundant RJ45 Dante network connections, a pair of network extension connections, GPIO connectivity and redundant PSU’s. They have individual signal present, phantom power and local attention LEDs to provide intuitive front panel feedback. They feature inbuilt limiters and SSL’s innovative AutoPad system that automatically applies a Pad according to gain setting. The AutoPad is applied if the gain is set at a low value that would require a pad to achieve making the entire possible mic gain range seamlessly available at all times. An Audition feature provides an automatic gain reduction when checking mic levels, greatly simplifying pre show mic checks for operators of any skill level.

X-Light Bridge

For the touring market, a new 1U X-Light Bridge interface designed to be deployed within stage I/O racks, features a fully redundant pair of X-Light connections using Neutrik opticalCON Quad format connectors on the front panel. On the rear panel there are two redundant pairs of Neutrik etherCON format Dante connections for audio and control distribution. Up to eight SB 32.24 stageboxes can now be connected via a pair of network switches to a single X-Light Bridge redundantly at 96 kHz with gain control of each input. There are no big workflow changes either! X-Light Bridge provides a seamless I/O boost for the user, as the routing process in the console interface is exactly the same via the X-Light Bridge as it is via the existing local Dante Expander Module. This includes the ability to configure the X-Light channel capacity as Virtual Tie Lines, for routing in Dante Controller, or as Dual Domain Routes for seamless routing and control from console channels.

BL II-Bridge

For fixed installations where ruggedised connections are not required, the BL II Bridge also offers 256 channels of 96 kHz audio between a Live console and a Dante network by utilising SSL’s proprietary high bandwidth Blacklight II protocol.