Solid State Logic XLogic Alpha Channel

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:
  • SSL analog channel processing for your audio workstation
  • Pro mic preamp with line and instrument level switching,
  • Studio-class EQ, filter and limiter sections
  • Variable Harmonic Drive circuit
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:
  • Professional ultra-clean mic preamp with line level & hi-Z instrument input switches
  • 48V Phantom Power And Phase Invert Switches
  • Variable Harmonic Drive circuit; a "Time Machine" of distortion characteristics
  • highpass filter with selectable 40Hz, 80Hz or 120Hz cut-off frequency
  • Insert send/return system with sync for additional processing, insert sum or multi unit cascade
  • Built-in professional quality analog to digital conversion - as standard
  • Auto sample rate sensing and self-adjustment
  • Three band SSL parametric EQ with mid frequency Q control and dual LF curves
  • Intelligent auto limiting that maximizes recording headroom and avoids DAC clipping
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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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 32Hz-108kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Other Processing Variable Harmonic Drive
Analog Inputs 1 x Combo (XLR/TRS)
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF (Coax)
Other I/O 2 x RCA (Link), 2 x 1/4" (Send, Return)
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 9"
Width 19"
Weight 7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 729999X2

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

You need one!

This channel strip is simply amazing! We would all love a SSL console in our studio wouldn't we? Yes I know. We all don't have a extra $100,000 laying around for one. Well this channel strip will get you the sound of that $100,000 SSL console for a very small fraction of the price! Every function on this channel strip is nearly identical to that of a real SSL console and it sounds just as amazing! This strip will make any decent mic sound like something much more expensive. If you think that's something try a really good mic though this thing. Talk about being blown away! I ran my Rode K2 though this strip and it sounded like a totally different (and much more expensive) mic! I couldn't believe the detail in the sound! It was just like being in a major studio running a mic through the pre's of a SSL 4000. If someone recorded through this strip and the pre's of a SSL console, and then played it back and asked you to tell them which one was which, you really wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Yes, it's that good and for the price your almost stealing it! The sound can go from very clean and flat to rather colored and warm depending on where you set the harmonic drive. While I'm on the subject of the harmonic drive let me say this is a really nice feature and helps those cold sounding mics in your collection sound like you paid a lot more money for them. Guitar and Bass sound fantastic through this as well. That Harmonic Drive will take your instruments sound to a whole new level that you didn't know existed! (And that's no exaggeration!) The EQ is, well, your typical SSL EQ. It's simply brilliant and as musical as you would expect SSL EQ to be. I really like the open sound of this EQ. It just doesn't get in the way of your tone and sounds really natural. Something else that I really like about the EQ section is you can totally take it out of the signal path. A mark of a truly professional unit. The only criticism I have of the EQ is you get a slight audible "click" in your signal when you disengage the EQ. That isn't any big deal though. Just don't do it when your recording and you'll be fine. Moving on, this pre has tons of (very clean) gain and tons of headroom. The harder you drive it the better it sounds. The filter section works very well and really cuts down on the low frequency rumble. A handy feature to have if you live near a road and don't have a completely sound isolated room to work in! It's also nice to have that low frequency roll off if you don't have a mic with on board roll off. The only other criticisms I have is I would have preferred separate XLR and TRS connectors and would have preferred all connections (stay a high Z input on the front) to be on the back of the unit. It's a little bit of a pain to run your cables to the front when everything in your rack hooks up in the rear. However these are all personal preferences and in no way take away from the sound or usability of the unit. All in all I would highly recommend this unit to anyone that's looking for a nearly "do all" Swiss army knife mic/line pre that sounds like a hundred grand. It sounds great, it's built like a tank, and won't break the bank! You really get a lot for your money and honestly I can't believe this thing doesn't cost twice what it's selling for. It's a real steal at this price for sure! This is a totally fantastic piece of gear that your studio simply can't do without! Thanks Sweetwater.
Music background: Audio Engineer in training
5/5

The best for price

This mic preamp is in truth the best in its price, great vocal and instruments. Thaks to my sales engineer Alex Morales
Music background: Pro musician
5/5

Hello SSL!

I 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 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.... :)
Music background: Hobbyist / Recording Engineer to my own band
5/5

Fantastic strip

Great 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 consoles), the result is great. it is relatively easy to operate, which helps in live performances. I have not tried it in the studio yet.
Music background: Professional singer / bass player
5/5

Ultra Clean Pre

This is an excellent addition to my home setup, beautiful pre amp along with the ssl ad/da conversion. Excellent channel strip.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer,
See also: Solid State Logic, Solid State Logic Channel Strips, Solid State Logic Preamps