Solid State Logic (SSL) is arguably the leading audio desk manufacturer on the planet and are renown for their big, clean and powerful sound. The company is owned by Peter Gabriel, lead vocalist and flautist for progressive rock group Genesis.
The decision of which desk best suited our clients juggled our minds for over a year as we were looking for the best sounding analog desk with the quickest turnaround time, in order to assure absolutely no time wasting on jobs. We decided to choose the SSL AWS 948 and at the beginning of 2012 our new mixing console arrived from the SSL headquarters in Oxford, England. SSL mixing consoles produce a phenomenal international sound and can be found in many of the top music producers studio’s around the World. There are only +60 SSL AWS 948’s worldwide and Digital Forest have the only AWS 948 in Africa. Below is a Google Maps image of all the SSL mixing desks scattered around the world.
We think Allen Farmelo (www.farmelo.com) explains the SSL AWS range extremely well in the snippet below taken from Tape Op Magazine’s website. For Allen Farmelo’s full article please see link at the bottom.
“A console review can be rather involved, so let me just say up front that I think the SSL AWS consoles are absolutely excellent. The sound is enormous, clear and strong; the functionality offers up what is without a doubt the most sophisticated, yet intuitive, way to work in a hybrid digital- analog system; and the size, ergonomics and general vibe of these consoles make for what is probably the most intelligent and forward-looking desks on the market.
The sound of the AWS is very SSL, and particularly is derived from the 9000 K, which is known for its headroom and clear, full-range sound. These consoles are big on analog mojo, but not the kind where you push into the mix bus and get a harmonic halo like on a Neve. Rather, these consoles have tons of headroom and remain clear and focused as you push levels hotter and hotter. The analog mojo is the kind that delivers a rock solid and deep bass footprint, crystal clear highs, and a very articulate midrange while never sounding harsh. Further, the AWS 900 series presents an incredibly wide and deep sound stage that has made SSLs the choice of so many mixers to this day. In short, the AWS sounds huge and powerful like a big SSL.” – Allen Farmelo, www.farmelo.com