AWS δelta - Solid State Logic
AWS δelta
SuperAnalogueTM Console with SSL δelta and DAW Control
Digital Control for Analogue Souls
The AWS (Analogue Workstation System) was SSL’s first ‘hybrid workflow’ console, combining SSL SuperAnalogue™ technology with
comprehensive DAW control hardware in a single work surface. Hundreds of consoles later the AWS is used by leading international recording
artists, producers and engineers and has shaped expectations for session workflow. The new AWS δelta introduces SSL’s unique ‘δelta Ctrl’
system that enables console automation to be driven from within your DAW like a plug-in.
Designed for mid-scale commercial recording and production facilities, the AWS δelta is
available with 16 inputs (AWS 916), 24 inputs (AWS 924) or 48 inputs (AWS 948) within a
compact 24 fader frame. The AWS 916 has 16 mic pre’s, the 924 & 948 have 24. The 916
& 924 have mono channel strips, the 948 has stereo/dual mono strips that offer a second
line level input per channel to provide 48 summing channels. All models deliver pristine
SuperAnalogue™ summing, classic SSL dual curve EQ on every channel, two assignable
SSL Dynamics channels, legendary Stereo Buss Compressor, TotalRecall™ and full 5.1
AWS δelta consoles feature Ethernet connectivity for streamlined hardware control over
your entire DAW environment. All models feature SSL’s new ‘delta control’ system that
combines the very best of SSL console automation in the analogue domain with DAW
based automation workflow. AWS δelta delivers elegant, ergonomic physical control with
dedicated heavy duty DAW transport, V-Pot multifunction encoders with position indicating
LED’s, Digital Scribble Strips, DAW fader mode, global and channel routing control and
built-in TFT display for advanced plug-in editing. Project Session Management is kept
simple through SSL’s proprietary Logictivity interface.
The AWS is an SSL SuperAnalogue™ console, featuring the audio performance
specifications that have established the benchmark by which other manufacturers are
measured. Exceptionally low THD, noise floor & crosstalk levels keep your audio absolutely
pristine, while our legendary headroom carries every nuance of your audio and allows
engineers to mix ‘hotter’ without distortion.
Since the launch of the original AWS 900, hundreds of private and
commercial studios have chosen to install the console, here are comments
from just a few AWS owners:
“When SSL came along with this compact design, it was all my dreams come
true in one box. With the AWS’s analogue inputs and my favourite gear,
it really is incredibly powerful and gives me the best of both worlds. The
console is just fabulous. The way it interfaces with Pro Tools™ demonstrates
its great design. It’s just great - really, really great.”
David Tickle, Producer
“First and foremost, the AWS gives us super high-quality analogue
summing. Add to this the SSL-reputable automation, control room facilities,
EQs, and SuperAnalogue™ mic preamps and you have a winning package.”
• Combination of SuperAnalogue™ console and advanced DAW controller
• Versatile Channel EQ, assignable Dynamics and SSL Master Bus Compressor
• NEW! δelta control automates your console within your DAW like a plug-in
• 4-Band EQ design with independent E/G curve switching of HF/LF (Stereo on 948 only)
• SSL SuperAnalogue mix bus provides pristine audio foundations
• 5.1 Surround monitoring and Monitor calibration including Bass management
Simon Gogerly, Producer & Mixer
• SSL SuperAnalogue mic pre’s provide transparent record path
• MIDI over Ethernet multi layer DAW workstation control
• Innovative Dual Path Channel with three versatile operating modes (948 only)
• Digital Scribble Strips for console and DAW data
• 48 inputs on AWS 948;
• Elegant project setup via SSL Logictivity Remote Browser and SD card storage
•• IN-LINE TRACKING = 1 mic + 1 line input per channel
• SSL’s unique trademarked TOTAL RECALL™ system with ‘TR Autoscan’
•• IN-LINE MIX = 2 x mono line inputs per channel
• Responsible ‘green’ manufacturing and reduced power consumption
•• STEREO MIX = 1 x stereo line input per channel
• Compact frame ideal for small control rooms
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Tal Herzberg, Engineer & Mixer
“I love mixing analogue. For me it is an important part of getting space and
all of the other things that make mixes work. The AWS has got all of that but
in a compact package that sounds as good as and in some respects even
better than a big mixing console.”
Key features
Backstage Recording
“There’s no competition, because there’s nothing else like it.”
Mike Elizondo, Producer
Vision Seven
AWS 916 & 924 Channel
The AWS 916 & 924 continue the classic channel design of the AWS 900.
Routing & Sends
The AWS 916/924 Channel Input section features a balanced Line Input with +/20dB of gain and a world class SuperAnalogue™ Mic Amp featuring continuous
mic gain control (+15 to +75dB), phase reverse and switchable 48V phantom
power. An Instrument D.I allows for high impedance sources such as guitars. The
Flip control overrides the Master Mic/Line input selection assigned globally via
the console centre section.
Each channel has access to 2 main Stereo Busses (RECORD and MIX) in addition
to 2 Stereo Cue busses and 4 mono FX sends. Every AWS Channel features a
Direct Channel Output (CH OP) and can also feed 8 independent Track Busses.
SSL’s unique “EFX” system is present on all channels significantly enhancing
creativity by allowing free assignment of send controls.
Taken from the legendary XL 9000 K Series console and its current successor
Duality, the AWS 916/924 feature a highly flexible EQ section, switchable
between a default ‘E Series’ operation and the characteristic ‘G Series’ curves and
control interaction. The INS IN switch routes the channel via the balanced Insert
Send and Return. PRE 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 re-ordered.
• HPF - 18dB/Octave high-pass filter with detente bypass position
• G-EQ Curve switch - toggles all four bands between the default ‘E-Series’ and
‘G-Series’ tonal characteristics and control interaction
• HF - High frequency shelving equalizer switchable to fixed Q parametric
response via the Bell switch
• HMF - High frequency parametric mid-band EQ section
• LMF - Low frequency parametric mid-band EQ
• LF - Low frequency shelving EQ Switchable to fixed Q parametric response via
the Bell switch
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The AWS 916/924 feature precise L/R pan control.
Digital Scribble Strips
When the AWS is in analogue focus mode the Digital Scribble Strips display name
and parameter information for the selected analogue signal path. When the AWS
is in DAW focus mode they then display DAW channel and processing parameters
dependent on your chosen DAW and selected functions.
The AWS features touch sensitive 100mm motorised faders. In analogue mode
they control the analogue signal path of either the Channel input or DAW return
path. In DAW mode they default to control over channel level control but can be
used for other controllable DAW parameters.
AWS 948 Channel
The AWS 948 maintains the same 24 fader footprint as the AWS 924 (and classic
AWS 900) and achieves its 48 input count via a unique Dual Path Channel Strip
design where each channel has a single Mic Amp and two line level inputs, a new
Stereo EQ and Stereo Insert. This new channel enables three different operating
modes: STEREO MIX, IN-LINE MIX and IN-LINE TRACKING. These differing modes
offer a wealth of workflow options that enhance today’s versatile production
IN-LINE TRACKING is similar to the AWS 924 with either the MIC or the LINE signal
providing the CHOP and Track Bus source. Normally this primary signal is level
controlled by the V-Pot. However through “fader flip” it is possible to use the
large fader instead. In this setup the secondary signal (DAW output/Monitor
Return or the even the CHOP) goes to the Large fader.
IN-LINE MIX is identical in operation to the AWS 924 channel strip, but adds a
secondary path that provides an additional mix input with routing to the main
console mix busses or an extra mono send via the track busses or Channel Out.
In this mode the Channel V-Pot acts as the second path gain control (along with
the associated SOLO/CUT switches). The V-Pots level and mute status can be
automated, allowing all 48 channel signal paths level and cut automation in
the analogue domain. Note that it is also possible to move the Insert into the
secondary path (ideal for X-Rack processing etc).
STEREO MIX mode provides a fully featured Stereo channel aimed primarily
at stem mixing with 4 Band EQ, HPF, Stereo Insert, Balance/Width control and
routing to the REC and MIX busses, the track busses, and the Stereo CUE. The FX
sends and the CHOP are sourced by a mono sum of the stereo signal.
Channel configuration and Setup is accomplished via the AWS 948 onboard
TFT screen and soft keys, and it is even possible to move or divide the channels
processing resources (EQ, Insert etc.) between each of the dual paths.
Input Section
The AWS 948 Channel Input section features two balanced Line Inputs with +/20dB of gain and a world class SuperAnalogue™ Mic Amp featuring continuous
mic gain control (+15 to +75dB), phase reverse and switchable 48V phantom
power. A -20dB PAD allows for high impedance sources such as guitars. The
routing functionality of the Insert varies according to the three different operating
EQ Section
The Stereo EQ design featured on the AWS 948 is sonically identical to that used
on the AWS 924. The 948 channel EQ has the added benefit that HF/LF and Mid
Frequency bands are independently switchable between E and G series response
curves and tonal characteristics.
Routing & Sends
Each channel has access to 2 main Stereo Busses (RECORD and MIX) in addition
to 2 Stereo Cue busses and 4 mono FX sends. Every AWS Channel features a
Direct Channel Output (CH OP) and can also feed 8 independent Track Busses.
SSL’s unique “EFX” system is present on all channels significantly enhancing
creativity by allowing free assignment of send controls.
In IN-LINE MIX and IN-LINE TRACKING modes the Pan control is a standard L/R pan
control. In STEREO MIX mode the PAN control becomes a stereo Width control and
L/R balance is controlled by the V Pot.
Digital Scribble Strips
When the AWS is in analogue mode the Digital Scribble Strips display name and
parameter information for the selected analogue signal path. When the AWS is in
DAW mode they display DAW channel and processing parameters.
Versatile Centre Section
Unrivalled DAW integration
Stereo Bus Compressor
The AWS centre section stereo compressor is based on the
legendary G Series Bus Compressor which has provided numerous
hit mixes for the world’s best audio engineers. It can be assigned
to either the REC or MIX stereo busses. Activated, the AWS Stereo
Bus Compressor instantly adds cohesion and strength to your mix
without compromising clarity, bringing the classic SSL ‘audio glue’
to your mix with spectacular SuperAnalogue™ audio performance.
Assignable Dynamics Processing
Two classic SSL Channel Dynamics processing strips with separate
Compressor and Gate/Expander sections can be assigned to any
channel. The assignable Channel Dynamics section features SSL’s
standard RMS compressor, switchable to Peak sensing, with hard
knee characteristic via the ‘PK’ button. There are separate controls
for the Expander/Gate section encompassing range, threshold,
release and hold. Expansion is selected via the ‘EXP’ switch. Each
processing strip includes dedicated metering, fast attack buttons
& dedicated key input.
The AWS features comprehensive talkback routing with dedicated
independent communication buttons for independent foldback
sends. A full compliment of GPIO connection, SLATE, the famous
LMC input, and RED light activation are all standard on the AWS.
Monitoring & Metering
The AWS offers a new level of sophistication when working with
control room monitoring. The centre section affords total control
over two independent 5.1 main loudspeaker outputs plus two
stereo “mini” LS outputs, and a dedicated Headphone Out.
Comprehensive Bass management is also included. A highly
flexible external source selector section can sum, assign and route
up to four 5.1 sources, and four stereo input sources to either the
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control room, studio loudspeaker and headphone foldback feeds.
A six channel wide monitor insert point and a separate six channel
external meter output allow full interfacing with additional third
party monitoring systems and 5.1 surround encoder/decoder
There is a dedicated Stereo VU meter for the MIX, REC, Monitor and
Solo busses, a VU Phase meter, 5.1 monitor metering, 8 individual
Track Bus meters and all Cue and FX send level indication. Each
channel sports a dual 12-segment meter which allows DAW Stereo
track monitoring. Other features in the AWS include AUTOCUE
ISOLATE, the ability to control two DAW’s simultaneously, and
the addition of SOFT BOOT power cycling. Above all, latency free
punch in record monitoring is standard, this is analogue!
TotalRecall™ is SSL patented technology that aides the saving
and recalling of analogue console control settings for a specific
Project or Session. The system takes a snapshot of current console
settings and saves it via the SSL Logictivity Browser. On the AWS a
graphical representation of this information can then displayed on
the Centre Section TFT display to enable the operator to manually
reset the controls. The AWS includes the timesaving ‘TR Autoscan’
feature which draws the operators attention to only those
Channels that need adjustment.
Summing Bus Injects for the CUE and FX busses
To accommodate modern production methods the AWS consoles
now feature an independent Summing Input which allows additional
Tracks from the DAW access to the Cue and FX send busses,
therefore allowing those DAW tracks access to hardware outboard
units and the creation of dedicated Cue mixes form the DAW.
While the AWS offers a powerful large format analogue console feature set within a compact console design,
it also delivers elegant hardware control over two DAW layers simultaneously. AWS provides hands-on control
of important recording, routing, mixing, and editing functions in all major DAW applications including Pro
Tools™, Logic Audio™, Nuendo™, Sonar™ and many others.
DAW Mixer & Environment Control
Users can assign DAW channel levels, send levels and routing
functions to individual channel V-Pots. Each V-Pot has a ring of
position indicator LEDs. Digital Scribble Strips in the channel bays
provide extensive channel name, function and value information.
Channel and Send levels can be ‘flipped’ on to the main channel
faders. The Centre section also features a ‘DAW Control Panel’
providing a collection of dedicated buttons and a rotary encoder. This
panel offers a range of control options; ‘Window Select Keys’ allow for
quick access to the most commonly used DAW windows. Dedicated
ESCAPE, UNDO, SAVE and ENTER keys and a set of keyboard modifier
keys remove the need for a keyboard and mouse for many DAW
DAW Transport Control
Dedicated transport buttons allow easy access to PLAY, RECORD,
REWIND, FAST FORWARD and STOP. A further 10 buttons are available
for various commonly shortcuts. Controls are included for simple
zooming, navigation and selection of DAW objects. The jog/shuttle
wheel supports scrub and track navigation functionality.
Plug-in Control
IThe Centre Section DAW Control Panel includes a dedicated screen
for Plug-in parameters. Physical control is via four push switch rotary
encoders and four soft keys below the screen. Plug-ins can also be
controlled via the faders by using the MCU protocol.
δelta-Control (δ-Ctrl)
δ-Ctrl is an AAX/RTAS/AU/VST plug-in that allows automation of AWS
as if it were a DAW Plug-in. The automation system in the DAW is used
to record and play back control data from the faders and switches on
the console, replacing the AWS legacy automation system. The δ-Ctrl
plug-in is inserted into a DAW mixer audio channel. Audio on the DAW
track passes through the plug-in slot unaffected. The plug-in receives
and sends console control data from an assigned AWS channel, VCA
or Master fader via a high speed Ethernet Network. The console Fader,
mutes and relevant switches are represented as parameters in the
δ-Ctrl plug-in GUI and their data is recorded to the automation lane of
the selected DAW channel.
Automation data can be viewed and edited as normal plug-in data
in the DAW. The Duality Fader Absolute and Trim values are saved
using the same dB law as Pro Tools Fader automation so the ‘Paste
Special’ command can be used to copy existing Pro Tools fader data
into the plug-in (This feature is DAW specific and may not be available
with other DAWs). δ-Ctrl retains all the key operational elements of
SSL’s Signature Mix System with much loved features such as JOIN,
REVISE, MOTORS OFF and SNAP Override all actioned from assignable
hardware buttons. The MOTORS OFF mode offers the popular full non
moving fader SSL VCA mix experience. A new MOTORS OFF, Touch
Write mode emulates the SSL G Series Mix system Immediate Pickup
(IP) option. δ-Ctrl also works with SSL Duality δelta consoles.
Logictivity Browser Software
Onboard project data is saved to an SD Card. Archived console data can be treated as standard computer data and sent via email,
transferred to a USB stick, etc., greatly simplifying data exchange between sessions. The AWS includes the ‘Logictivity Browser’ concept,
first introduced on the SSL Duality console. This allows the AWS to connect to a standard computer via a simple Ethernet connection.
The browser software is a Java application that runs on both Mac and PC. Currently supported functionality includes the saving, naming
and restoration of Total Recall™ and AWSomation data, the ability to add names to the channels’ scribble strips, and a number of other
studio session project management tools. Furthermore, the AWS can connect directly to SSL X-Rack outboard for integrated X-Rack Recall.
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