Solid State Logic AWS 916

16-channel/8-bus Analog Mixing Console and DAW Control Surface with 16 Motorized Faders, Onboard Signal Processing, and SuperAnalogue Technology
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Solid State Logic AWS 916
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Compact Hybrid SuperAnalogue Console

The Solid State Logic AWS 916 workstation packs premium analog console sound and amazing DAW control into a remarkably compact footprint, keeping all of the functions you need on hand, without the slightest degree of compromise in either sound quality or ergonomics. On the analog side, the AWS 916 is a complete 16-channel/8-bus standalone mixer with 16 analog inputs. Each of the AWS 916's channels features a top-of-the-line SSL SuperAnalogue microphone preamplifier, a line-level input, and a 4-band EQ — all based on classic SSL technology.

A world-class analog console with complete DAW control

With the push of a button, the AWS 916 instantly becomes an ultra-smooth motorized control surface for your favorite DAW. On the return side, a 6-channel monitoring system makes the AWS 916 fully equipped to handle monitoring for up to 5.1 surround-sound mixes, complete with insert points and external metering outputs. A full set of communication options gives you the talkback routing you need. And the AWS 916 even includes a center-section Master Bus compressor based on the legendary G Series console — a feature Sweetwater engineers really appreciate! Mix better-sounding music faster than ever with an SSL AWS 916 hybrid workstation.

Classic SSL preamps and processing

The iconic SSL sound is a combination of classic preamps, precise and musical EQs, powerful dynamics, and the vitality of smooth analog summing. The Solid State Logic AWS 916 delivers! It all starts off with a full set of SuperAnalogue preamps, which offer up to 75dB of gain, plus switchable phantom power, phase reverse, a -20dB pad, and mode-dependent insert points. Each channel also comes equipped with a 4-band parametric XL 9000 K Series Channel EQ, which lets you select from the more precise E Series or the more musical G Series tonal characteristics. Top it off with a pair of channel compressors, a Master Bus compressor, and true analog summing, and the AWS 916 is the fully loaded SSL console you really want.

Pristine analog sound lets you get more from your gear

Audio systems are defined by their bottlenecks, such as dynamic range, noise floor, and true frequency response. In most systems, this occurs well before the digital stage, which offers 144dB of dynamic range (at 24-bit) and supports frequencies up to 96kHz (a full 76kHz above the threshold of human hearing). That isn't the case with SSL's SuperAnalogue DC-coupled circuitry design. Using top-of-the-line surface-mount manufacturing techniques, the signal path from any point to another in the AWS 916 offers an extremely wide frequency range with a flat response, next to no distortion, and an almost unmeasurable noise floor. Even if you're recording at 24-bit/192kHz, this console will never be your sonic bottleneck.

Powerful control surface for your DAW

Setting the stage for the modern hybrid studio console, the SSL AWS 916 and other 900 series models provide you with a fully loaded control surface integrated directly into your workflow. With HUI control via Ethernet, a full set of motorized faders, and versatile V-Pot encoders, the AWS 916 lets you take total control of Pro Tools, Nuendo, SONAR, and many other popular DAWs. A-FADA (Analogue Fader Accesses DAW Automation) mode even lets you seamlessly blend DAW and console automation. A high-quality TFT display with assignable soft keys and a complete set of DAW controls, including transport, streamline everything from track setup to plug-in tweaking, and digital scribble strips provide you with essential information. And with the AWS console's ability to respond dynamically to DAW feedback, your 916 offers a level of software integration that's second to none.

Fully loaded center console section

The AWS 916 center section provides you with comprehensive control over monitoring, talkback, and a whole lot more. Right off the bat, the AWS 916 comes prepared for four monitor setups, including two main mixes up to 5.1 surround and two stereo options, with monitoring inserts and bass management options built right in. In addition to headphone management, there's a complete communications section, which makes talkback and listen functions simple. Finally, the center section is where the Master Bus compressor and two channel-style compressor/gate processors live, which you can apply to the mixes of your choice for classic SSL punch and smoothness.

Manage settings with Total Recall

For decades, Solid State Logic consoles have sported Total Recall, a system that allows you to restore each control to its specific setting, so you can recover past sessions painlessly. AWS 900 series consoles take Total Recall to a whole new level, allowing you to restore every setting except those on latching switches and pots with the push of a button. Sophisticated LEDs embedded near each manual control along with the AWS 900 series console's Auto Scan function and detailed TFT display make short work of restoring manual controls as well. What's more, thanks to its ability to interface via the Logictivity software, you can organize your Total Recall snapshots and mix passes, label your channels, and even combine setups with your connected X-Racks.

Solid State Logic AWS 916 Features:

  • Traditional SSL preamps offer 75dB of gain and classic sound
  • Phantom power, phase reverse, and -20dB pad onboard
  • 3-way, mode-dependent insert points available per channel
  • 4-band EQ with switchable E/G Series characteristics
  • 2 channel dynamics and a Master Bus compressor built in
  • Same DC-coupled circuit design found in SSL's top gear
  • Transparent signal path exceeds 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • Extremely wide frequency range with flat response
  • Ultra-low distortion performance won't color your sound
  • Virtually non-existent noise floor offers extended dynamics
  • 16 channel faders provide DAW track automation
  • Fully equipped transport offers total playback control
  • Detailed TFT display lets you access advanced options
  • HUI control provides compatibility with most DAWs
  • Responds dynamically to sophisticated DAW feedback
  • An extensive and logical set of main function controls
  • Monitor section lets you manage 4 sets of speakers
  • Communications module covers talkback and listen
  • Includes cue/bus management, dynamics, and more
  • Easily store and recall all of your console settings
  • Most settings recall instantly and automatically
  • TFT display makes resetting manual controls simple
  • Auto Scan highlights non-matching settings
  • Logictivity software lets you manage snapshots

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16
Headphones 2 x 1/4"
Phantom Power 16
EQ Bands 4-band (E-Series, G-Series Switch)
Aux Sends 4 x FX
Busses/Groups 2 x Bus (Main Stereo)
Faders 17 x 100mm
Effects Yes
Talkback Yes
Computer Connectivity 6 x MIDI, 1 x Ethernet, 2 x Serial (9-pin)
Height 36"
Width 56"
Depth 34"
Weight 238 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 729916A1

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