The Solid State Logic Origin is an inline, 32-channel analog console with two independent signal paths per channel, 16 buses with centralized bus switching, and advanced communications controls in a compact, ergonomic design. Inspired by the iconic SL 4000 E, SSL Origin combines classic SSL components like the legendary 242 EQ and Bus Compressor with innovative new features like a fully customizable Center section and an all-new transistor-based PURE DRIVE preamp design to deliver unparalleled sound quality and versatility.
To appreciate the full feature set of the Solid State Logic Origin console, it's important to understand the brand's past. Continue on to learn more about some of the tools Solid State Logic has brought to consoles and how they have been used in the design of the Origin.
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Solid State Logic's Legacy of Consoles
Over the last 50 years, SSL have firmly cemented themselves as pioneers of the recording industry. Often credited with revolutionizing the mixing process with their innovative designs, SSL consoles have been used to mix countless hit records.
Founded in 1969 by the late Colin Sanders, Solid State Logic released their first console in 1975, the SL 4000 A Series. But it wasn’t until 1979 that they would release the renowned SL 4000 E console, whose punchy and aggressive tone would go on to define the sound of the 80s. The original E-Series consoles were equipped with the “Brown Knob” EQ circuit, which featured fixed high-pass and low-pass filters that were always engaged. In 1983, it was replaced with the “Black Knob” 242 EQ, developed with the help of the legendary George Martin.
Over the years, SSL would go on to introduce a number of highly influential analog consoles, including the 4000 G, 4000 G+, 6000 E, 6000 G, 8000 G, 8000 G+, 9000 J and 9000 K. But as the art of recording continues to evolve, it’s becoming harder for modern engineers to invest in vintage consoles. That’s why SSL has created the all-new Origin console.
Now that we've got this history out of the way, this Buyer's Guide will be dedicated to showing you everything you need to know about the new Solid State Logic Origin console.
An Overview Of The Solid State Logic Origin
Solid State Logic Origin's Pure Drive Preamps
Engage the built-in Drive circuit to warm up signals with subtle musical harmonics, perfect for complimenting sterile digital systems. Both the preamp and line input can be routed to the large or small fader path using the Path Flip button.
The Flexible Sends of the Solid State Logic Origin
Both stereo Cue buses offer level and pan control, making it easy to create separate mixes for the artist and the engineer. Pre-fader by default, both cue buses can be switched to post-fader and can toggle between the Large Fader and Small Fader paths as a source.
Classic EQ For A New Solid State Logic Console
The new sweepable high-pass filter offers fully variable frequency selection from 10 - 400 Hz. Those who have worked on a 4K console will instantly recognize the familiar controls. The high filter can be switched from bell to shelf, with variable frequencies from 1.5 kHz - 16 kHz.
Origin's Intuitive Routing
Origin offers two independent signal paths and two faders per channel strip for true old-school inline tracking. Both have their own insert point, which can be moved pre- or post-EQ. Both have their own Solo, Cut, and “to Mix” controls. A convenient new 0 dB button removes the fader from the audio path, allowing you to pass signal through unattenuated for quick and easy routing.
The Center Section of the Solid State Logic Origin
Two empty rack spaces in the Center section give you the flexibility to mount a small control surface, additional signal processors and more. Or move the rear meter bridge to the Center section, making room for a mountable monitor that won’t block your meters. You can even leave the spaces empty to leave room for additional accessories like keyboards, trackpads and MIDI controllers.
The ability to make space for your own digital workflow around the console’s core functions makes Origin a more comfortable place to work.
An Ergonomic Design For The Modern Engineer
Origin’s Center section makes it easy to take control of your session with its ergonomic design and intuitive controls. Quickly route signals to any of Origin’s 16 buses using the “Route” switches in the Center section in conjunction with the switches on the Small and Large faders.
Monitoring and Talkback Controls
At the top of the Center section, there is a dedicated Talkback mic input with phantom power as well as an input for a Listen mic, both of which feature the infamous Listen Mic Compressor. These signals feed into the Communications panel at the bottom right on the Center section, and a “Slate” switch allows talkback to be sent to the Bus outputs to print to tape if needed.
The Legendary Solid State Logic Bus Compressor
At the top of the Center section is the iconic SSL Bus compressor, known for its unparalleled ability to glue tracks together and apply radio-ready polish to mix buses. This particular model also features a high-pass filter built into the side-chain to help prevent unwanted pumping.
Traditionally, the Bus Compressor operates pre-fader, post-insert, but by pressing the “Insert Return” button on the Bus Compressor, you can connect the insert return path direct to the sidechain of the compressor, enabling frequency-specific ducking or extreme EDM pumping effects.
Advanced Controls of the Solid State Logic Origin
Origin is a truly comprehensive console, designed to cover all of the needs a modern tracking studio might face. Also found in Origin’s Center section is the built-in oscillator for testing and calibrating equipment.