With big names like Britain’s Solid State Logic still alive and kicking, deluxe summing consoles won’t go out of style or capability anytime soon. At least to those able to afford and maintain one! Despite catering to a small niche of well-off pros, SSL is keeping the torch blazing with the L200, a brand new addition to its Live range of consoles.
A mid-scale mixer, the L200 has enough controls and switches to impress a nuclear power plant supervisor. It boasts an inverted T-chassis design, keeping essential controls within easy reach and providing the option of arm-mounted external screens, laptops or tablets close to the centre of operations.
The L200 has a row of three 12-channel Fader Tiles for a total of 38 faders, including the Master and Focus ones. The centre is occupied by a 17-inch multi-touch display where all functionality can be accessed. It combines with the Quick Controls in the central Fader Tile, and the Master Tile alongside the screen. The latter provides Mute Group, Solo/Talkback, Assignable keys, and Automation controls.
A total of 144 processing paths can be configured as up to 96 input channels, up to 48 aux sends, up to 24 stem groups, and up to 6 masters. A 4 x 32 input, 24 output matrix is used to configure routing.
The L200’s onboard FX processing and FX offers 48 instances of FX processors available at any time, powered by SSL’s own Tempest engine.
SSL is already selling the L200, touting a price that undercuts the competition’s, without mentioning specifics. You will have to call the nearest dealer and ask for a quote. We have a hunch that doing live audio for a Billboard Top 100 artist will definitely help with the financial part. More information about the L200 is available here.