At Prolight + Sound 2014 Solid State Logic announced the first major upgrade for Sigma, SSL’s unique Remote Controlled Analogue Summing unit and enables all features of Sigma to be controlled from an iPad or iPhone via Open Sound Control (OSC). OSC is a protocol that allows fast, accurate and flexible communication amongst devices.
At Prolight + Sound 2013,
Frankfurt, SSL (Solid State Logic) launched its Sigma analogue mix engine in a 2U rack unit that is remote controlled using MIDI via Ethernet via a DAW
or an iDevice-compatible software interface. Sigma was also featured at the SSL booth at 135th AES
and at Winter NAMM
“We’re providing two Touch OSC templates (courtesy of the Hexler TouchOSC app) that allow the user to take complete control of their Sigma conveniently via their iPad/iPhone,” says Andy Jackson, Product Manager. “The TouchOSC templates are highly responsive and make remote control of Sigma a slick and enjoyable interaction. You can control anything from the monitor control, to channel set up and even the analogue “fader” gains of Sigma over OSC. This opens up some really interesting possibilities, not least, using Sigma as a standalone analogue mixer”.
The free Sigma update is due for release in April 2014.
Sigma analogue summing engine can be driven by automation data created within DAW of choice. Sigma features 16 flexible input channels, which can be individually switched between being mono or stereo for up to 32 channels at mixdown. There is a front panel LED metering for all channels. Sigma also offers two stereo mix busses with dedicated outputs for convenient printing of stems back to the DAW and individual stereo insert points to facilitate implementation of parallel compression. Each input channel also features an individual direct output. In addition, Mix Bus B can be injected into Mix Bus A for final mixdown.
An Artist and Studio monitoring section provides a monitor and headphone output. The Main monitor output has main and alternative connections to accommodate two sets of monitors. A large front panel rotary control uses a push-select mechanism to determine whether it adjusts Mix A, Mix B, Main Monitor or Headphone levels. There is also a talkback input with adjustable level. The unit also offers control and switching of a wide range of functions, including monitor level and source, inserts, talkback, sum B>A and mono check, which can all be achieved using any standard MIDI hardware control surface. Sigma uses MIDI over Ethernet for control and to connect to a cross platform software interface.