Solid State Logic has a wide range of consoles for both recording and mixing purposes. Finding the right one to fit the needs of your studio is not a problem – it’s a solution waiting to be discovered! Today we’ll be talking about the AWS 900 Delta Series recording and mixing consoles.
If you’re running a mid-sized production facility, the Solid State Logic AWS 900 Delta Series is most likely the answer for you. These full featured hybrid consoles combine Superanalogue™ sound with a DAW controller. The AWS 900 Delta Series offers a choice of three different channel sizes and configurations. All three contain a variety of inputs within a compact frame size of 24 faders:
In-Line Mix = 2 x mono line inputs (48 inputs total)
Stereo Mix = 1 x stereo line input (24 stereo inputs total)
Stereo Channel Outputs:
Single pass recording of a stereo channel stem (post pan)
Independent Insert IN/OUT switching on In-Line channels:
Expands the flexibility of the Monitor path, simplifies installation
Enhanced Small Screen Signal Flow graphics:
Dynamically displays processing order on the Chan Setup page & the IN/OUT status on In-Line and Stereo channels
Breaking Down The AWS 916 Delta and AWS 924 Delta Channel Input
Both the AWS 916 and 924 are a continuation of the classic AWS 900 design.
The AWS 916/924 Channel Input section features:
Line Input: Balanced, with gain of +/-20dB
Mic Amp: SuperAnalogue™, continuous gain control of +15 to +75dB
Phase: Normal or reverse
Phantom power: 48V (switchable)
Instrument D.I.: for high impedance sources (e.g. guitars)
Flip control: overrides the global Master Mic/Line input selection
Each channel features the legendary XL 9000 K Series EQ:
E Series (default) or G Series tonal curves and control interaction.
HMF – High frequency mid-band EQ - parametric
LMF – Low frequency mid-band EQ - parametric
HF – High frequency EQ - shelving
Switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch
LF – Low frequency EQ - shelving
Switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch
HPF – 18dB/Octave high-pass filter with a detented bypass
The INS IN switch routes the channel via the balanced Insert Send and Return
The PRE switch 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 changed
Routing & Sends For Each Channel
2 main Stereo Busses (RECORD and MIX)
2 Stereo Cue busses
4 mono FX sends
Direct Channel Output (CH OP)
8 independent Track Busses
"EFX" system enhances creativity via free assignment of send controls
Digital Scribble Strips
Analogue Focus Mode
Name & parameter info is displayed for the selected analogue path
DAW Focus Mode
DAW channel & processing parameters displayed
Touch sensitive 100mm motorized faders
Fader controls the analogue signal path of either the Channel input or DAW Return path
Fader controls the channel level control (default); assignable for other DAW parameter controls
Breaking Down The AWS 948 Delta Channel Input
The AWS 948 contains all of the above, plus additional features:
The AWS 948 Channel Input also includes:
Line Input: a second Input, balanced, with gain of +/-20dB
Pad: -20dB attenuation for hot signal sources such as high output mics
Insert: routing functions depend on the three operating modes
In-Line Tracking = Standard L/R Pan control
In-Line Mix = Standard L/R Pan control
Stereo Mix = Stereo Width control
Normal stereo image in the center
Pan pot right: introduces an out of phase left component to the right signal, and vice-versa, to widen the signal beyond the speakers
Pan pot left: similarly introduces in-phase components to narrow the width (fully left = mono)
Channel V-Pot also controls the stereo signal balance
The Master Section Of The AWS 900 Delta Series Consoles
The Master Section of the AWS 900 Series contains all of the tools essential to maximize the tonality and simplify the workflow of your tracking and mixing.
2 Dynamics strips per channel w/ Compressor & Gate/Expander
Switchable to peak sensing, w/ hard knee character
Range, threshold, hold and release controls
Dedicated Metering & Key Input
Fast attack selector
Stereo Bus Compressor
Often imitated but never equaled, the center section compressor from the 1980's G-Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. To this day it remains a key element of the SSL sound and has featured on countless classic recordings.
Based on the classic G-Series bus comp
Assignable to either the REC or MIX stereo buses
Improved SuperAnalogue™ input and output circuitry
Six ratio settings ranging from 1.5:1 to 20:1
Five release settings and Auto Release function
Dedicated independent buttons for foldback sends
RED light activation
Stereo Mix = Stereo Width control
Monitoring & Metering
2 independent 5.1 mains outputs
2 stereo “mini” outputs
Dedicated headphone output
Comprehensive Bass Frequency Management
Dedicated Stereo VU Meter for MIX, REC, Monitor & Solo buses
VU Phase Meter
5.1 monitor metering
8x individual Track Bus meters
Cue & FX Send level indicators
Dual 12-segment meters per channel for DAW Stereo tracks
Latency free punch-in
External source selector: sum, assign & route four 5.1 & four stereo sources
Control 2 DAW’s simultaneously
Summing Bus Injects
Summing Bus Injects
DAW tracks can access the Cue and FX Sends:
Dedicated Cue mixes can be created
DAW tracks can be processed via outboard gear
Further Features Of AWS 900 Delta Series Consoles
Automation – Plug-In to a Power Outlet
TotalRecall™ is a system patented by SSL to save and recall analogue control settings for any session or project. The system creates a snapshot of the current console settings, saving it via the Logictivity Browser. The Center Section TFT display shows a graphical representation of this information, allowing the engineer to manually reset the various controls. For even more efficiency, the AWS includes the "TR Autoscan" feature, which highlights only those channels needing adjustment from their present settings.
The one-of-a-kind SSL δelta-Control (δ-Ctrl) automation system combines the best analogue automation with a DAW based workflow. Your DAW will view the automation data just like a plug-in.
δ-Ctrl Single Fader Plug-In
The δ-Ctrl Single Fader Plug-in is a native AAX/AU/VST/VST3 plug-in that provides automation of AWS mix bus and channel volume as though it were a DAW plug-in. By inserting 24 instances into the DAW session, control of cuts and volumes for all 24 AWS channels is provided.
The DAW’s automation system is used to record and playback AWS volume control data. This can be entered either right from the console faders or from the plug-in GUI fader. The δ-Ctrl plug-in is inserted into a DAW mixer audio or aux channel.
The plug-in then uses a high speed ethernet network to send/receive volume data from the AWS. Audio on the DAW track passes unprocessed through the plug-in slot so it can be combined with other DAW plug-ins.
The δ-Ctrl plug-in GUI shows the AWS Volume and Mute switch as parameters and their automation data is recorded to the automation lane of the selected DAW channel. This is converted during playback into δ-Ctrl messages and routed back to the AWS via the ethernet connection.
δ-Ctrl 24 Channel Plug-In
The δ-Control 24 Channel plug-in provides compatibility to Logic users and also offers alternative workflow possibilities to other DAW users. Using one plug-in GUI, all the features of an AWS channel can be automated including:
Cuts & Insert Points for Channel
Cuts & Insert Points for Monitor
(Absolute and Trim)
δ-Ctrl keeps all the key elements of SSL’s Signature Mix System with beloved features such as JOIN, REVISE, MOTORS OFF and SNAP. Assignable hardware buttons can override all actions. The MOTORS OFF mode not only offers the full non-moving fader SSL VCA mix, but the new Touch Write mode emulates the SSL G Series Mix system ‘Immediate Pickup’ (IP) option.
AWS 900 Delta Series Console Upgrades
There are currently three upgrade options available to bring all previous generations of AWS console (the 900, 900+ and 900+ SE), as well as the 916/924/948 versions up to the current AWS δelta feature specification.
DAW Control Center
Not only does the SSL AWS 900 Delta Series provide a huge variety of analogue features in a small footprint, but its hybrid design also allows the engineer to integrate a variety of DAW applications such as Logic Audio®, Pro Tools®, Sonar® Nuendo® and a host of others. All key functions such as recording, mixing, routing and editing can be controlled via the console.
The Center Section of the console sports a TFT to show DAW status and Plug-in parameters, as well as other console set-up info. Below the TFT display is the DAW HUI Plug-in/Process Controller, with 4 rotary encoders that are auto-mapped from the DAW, with integral push-push switches, and 4 assigned keys. A pair of extra keys allow for page up/down control. The channel SEL switches assign the Plug-in Editor, along with the EDIT switch. The faders can also control the plug-ins, via the Mackie Control protocol.
DAW Mixer and Transport Control
The DAW channel and send levels, along with routing, can be assigned by the user to separate channel rotary encoders that have a rotary LED level display. The Channel and Send levels can be "flipped" on to the main channel fader.
There are buttons dedicated to the typical Transport functions of PLAY, RECORD, REWIND, FAST FORWARD and STOP. 10 other buttons are provided for typically used shortcut keys. Also included are controls for navigation, simple zooming, and selection of DAW objects. There is even a jog/shuttle wheel for scrub and track navigation.
Logictivity Browser Software – The AWS Remote:
All sessions can be easily managed using the AWS Remote, powered by Logictivity. An onboard SD card saves all session data, which can be transferred to a USB thumb drive or sent by email, making your session highly portable.
Connect to a computer by standard Ethernet
Java application runs on both PC & Mac
Saves, names, restores any Total Recall™ & AWSomation data
Add names to channel scribble strips
Connect directly to X-Rack and integrate X-Rack Recall
The AWS Series is a SuperAnalogue™ console that boasts the features and performance specs that have made it the industry standard for pristine analogue audio. The combination of ridiculously low noise floor, THD and crosstalk allows the clarity of your recordings to come through, without all the baggage. Extended headroom lets that clarity breathe, with plenty of space to spread out your mix, and run it hotter if you prefer. To determine which 900 Series is best for you, contact your Vintage King audio consultant today.
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