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SSL introduces Sigma and Matrix² hybrid audio mixer at 135th AES

Solid State Logic launched Matrix² at the 135th AES Convention. Since its launch in 2008, the SSL Matrix console has established a clientele who value its unique capabilities as a genuinely hybrid production platform. Its combination of SSL analogue summing, integration of boutique analogue outboard microphone preamplifiers and processing via its software controlled analogue patch system and advanced DAW control surface, Matrix provides production power and flexibility like no other console. Matrix² takes feedback from customers and provides a collection of powerful new features. Originally launched at Prolight + Sound show, Frankfurt, the Sigma Remote Controlled Analogue Mix Engine makes its AES debut.
The integrated software controlled patching of analogue channel inserts has been significantly upgraded in Matrix². Hardware device inserts can now be loaded directly from the console hardware controls with an intuitive new interface that facilitates loading individual processors, A/B comparison of different processors and building processor chains. The Matrix remote browser software has also been re-designed to provide a new ‘drag and drop’ style interface for loading processors and building chains.
A ‘Fader Linking’ system has been added to the console, which allows two or more faders to be grouped, to facilitate stereo or 5.1 channel control or subgroup style mixing. The A-FADA (Analogue Fader Accesses DAW Automation) summing system used in Duality, AWS and the new SSL Sigma rack has been introduced to enable the analogue faders of Matrix² to be driven by automation data from a user’s DAW. A-FADA enables channel automation to be performed entirely in the analogue signal path but with the advantages of DAW automation data editing. The addition of A-FADA to Matrix² facilitates project portability between different SSL products. The previously optional 5.1 output card will now be included as standard pre-fitted in all units.
A collection of smaller new features have also been added including ‘partial TR setup save and import,’ which allows selected parts of the console setup to be saved and imported as setup templates; new Preset insert matrix ‘scenes;’ Preset insert naming tools; “automatic dB readout” for Pro Tools users, allowing the scribble strip to automatically display fader values upon touch; modifier key ‘press and hold’ functionality for Cubase/Nuendo users and new DAW templates for Presonus Studio One and Ableton Live.
All of the new features (excluding the 5.1 output card) will be available to existing customers as a free upgrade. Matrix² started shipping in December 2013.
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