Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha ChannelItem ID: AlphaChan
Channel Strip with Mic Preamp, 3-band EQ, Filter, Limiter, and Variable Harmonic Drive Circuit
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An Affordable SSL Front End for Your DAW!Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel - Here's a redundant question: How would you like Solid State Logic as a front end for your DAW? Of course you would, but what about the expense? Another redundant question once you get your hands on the SSL XLogic Alpha Channel! With all the features needed to record great vocal or instrument tracks every time, the Alpha Channel offers a recording solution based on SSL's years of experience in designing the world's leading analog recording consoles. The superior sonic fidelity, quality and attention to detail that have established SSL as the worlds leading audio console manufacturer here in the XLogic Alpha Channel.
Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel at a Glance:
World-class SSL Analog Sound for your DAW
Building upon the exceptional success of the XLogic range of analog rack processors, the XLogic Alpha Channel is poised to bring the elusive SSL 'sound' to a whole new generation of producers and engineers. With all the features needed to record great vocal or instrument tracks, the Alpha Channel offers a studio class mic pre and processing based on SSL's years of experience in designing the world's leading analog recording consoles. A huge proportion of the music you know and love was recorded on SSL, renowned for the superior audio qualities you've heard on countless hit records. That elusive sonic ingredient is in the Alpha Channel.
Pro Mic Preamp
Alpha Channel offers the classic combination of a studio-class mic preamp, highpass filter, parametric EQ, analog to digital conversion as standard and 'Lite Limit' limiting. The preamp is ultra-clean as only SSL can offer, and features line-level and hi-Z instrument input switches, so you can record your guitar, bass, keyboards, and etc direct through your gold SSL channel into your DAW via analog or digital outputs. The Alpha Channel preamp section also offers the features any pro would expect including 48V phantom power, phase invert switches.
Studio-class EQ, Filter and Limiter
The processing section of the XLogic Alpha Channel features a 3-band SSL parametric EQ with mid frequency Q control and dual LF curves, plus a highpass filter with selectable 40Hz, 80Hz or 120Hz cut-off frequency. To keep your input signal from distorting or overloading the built-in limiter features intelligent auto-limiting that maximizes recording headroom and avoids DAC clipping. If SSL processing onboard isn't enough for you, the XLogic Alpha Channel has an insert send/return system with sync for additional processing, insert sum, or multi unit cascade so you can have a stereo gold channel of SSL or more.
Variable Harmonic Drive Circuit
The SSL XLogic Alpha Channel also features the unique SSL 'VHD' (Variable Harmonic Drive) circuit that adds SSL's classic analog sound to DAW recordings by offering controlled 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion. With its combination of tube-style 2nd harmonic or transistor-style 3rd harmonic degradation, VHD is like a time machine of distortion characteristics.
Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel Features:
All great-sounding recordings have to start somewhere... start yours with world-class analog SSL sound with the XLogic Alpha Channel for your DAW!
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Reviewsbased on 12 reviews
by JJ from Houston, TexasI got this mainly to use for vocals, but after running some guitar (both clean and hi gain) through it with nothing activated but some sweetness of the variable harmonic drive, I was completely blown ... read more [+]away. Talk about some SSL magic! This gear has brought a whole new level to my ITB recording/mixing! Definitely worth every penny - and then some! I just might have to get another one.... :) close [-]
June 26, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist / Recording Engineer to my own band
by Rafael from Sao Paulo, BrazilGreat channel strip. I use it for vocals in clubs with a Beta SM 58, and it really helps the voice cut through the mix. No matter what console you use (from small 12 channel Mackies to larger digital ... read more [+]consoles), the result is great. it is relatively easy to operate, which helps in live performances.
June 3, 2012
Music Background: Professional singer / bass player
I have not tried it in the studio yet. close [-]
Ultra Clean Pre
by Chris Nichols from Fort Worth, Tx USAThis is an excellent addition to my home setup, beautiful pre amp along with the ssl ad/da conversion. Excellent channel strip.
April 3, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Producer,
Great sounding EQ
by linguafrancastudio.com from earthJust added this to the studio a few weeks ago and blown away.
September 18, 2011
Music Background: Sound art
Better than I hoped
by George Munce from Ocean Springs, MSAfter reading the reviews here on SW and all the info I could find elsewhere, it seemed that this was really a nice studio pre, but not what I was looking for. I needed a live pre that accepted bala... read more [+]nced in, so that I could get the most from my Taylor's Expression System. Plus I use some effects and I needed an unbalanced line into my Voicelive. Every DI is designed to go the other way (unbal « bal), so I had been getting mediocre sound from a high-end instrument. On the recommendation of my rep at SW, I got the Alpha Channel and can honestly say that it is one of the best pieces of gear I have ever purchased. It not only gave me a balanced input, but also has an effects loop. But the best part is that it gives me massive amounts of headroom and amazing EQ control. My Taylors have never sounded better and my rig runs dead quiet now as well. This was definitely some out-of-the-box thinking on the part of my sales rep but in the time I have been working with him, he has shown the best of SW and turned me on to some great gear! I'm not a recording tech, so I can't really comment on the technical end of this unit (the other reviewers have covered much of that), but as a player, I know when something sounds good, and this sounds REALLY good! close [-]
July 23, 2011
Christopher , Sasvannah, GA
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