Solid State Logic XL-Desk with 16 x 611EQ E Series EQs

24-channel/44-input SuperAnalogue Mixer with 8 VHD Preamps, 4 Stereo Mix Buses, 2 Aux Buses, and 18 x 500 Series Rack Slots Preloaded with SSL 611EQ E Series Equalizer Modules and 1 x Master Bus Compressor Module
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Solid State Logic XL-Desk with 16 x 611EQ E Series EQs image 1

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Solid State Logic XL-Desk with 16 x 611EQ E Series EQs
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SSL Quality for a New Era of Recording

If you love your outboard gear, then the Solid State Logic XL-Desk may be the perfect large-format recording console for you. At Sweetwater, we've seen how the role of the large-format recording console has shifted over the past few years, with the abundance of top-level rack gear and the popularity of 500 Series preamps and processors. The XL-Desk is geared perfectly toward this new balance. It gives you the SuperAnalogue sound you expect, breathtaking VHD preamps, incredible routing flexibility, and the signature SSL monitoring and talkback options you need. At the same time, built-in 500 Series racks and a wealth of I/O make integrating your external hardware and DAW rig effortless.

Hover over features below for a detailed description

The Communications section includes all of the controls concerning monitor selection, monitor source selection, talkback, and listen channel functionality. There's a high-quality talkback microphone built into this part of the desk.
The Solo Master section includes three useful controls. Clear cancels any solos, Safe lets you assign channels that aren't cut when you solo other channels, and AFL toggles the universal after-fade listen state for soloed channels.
The Master Trim section lets you control the output volume of the Stereo Cue and both mono auxiliary sends. You can toggle after-fade listen status for each bus from here, send the Stereo Cue to Mix Bus A, and select the universal pre-/post-fader state for either auxiliary send.
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Stereo Return controls include pan and level adjustment knobs, Stereo Cue, mono, and after-fader listen buttons, and Stereo Mix Bus assignment buttons.
In addition to a 100mm fader, the Mix A section includes a 500 button that lets you insert the 500 Series modules in slots 9 and 10, a stereo insert point, and the dedicated Master Bus Compressor. The insert point also includes a Sum button, which blends the input and the insert return rather than running the insert inline, offering a quick and easy solution for parallel compression.
Each Stereo Mix Bus includes a 500 button that lets you insert a pair of 500 Series modules into their path (11-12 to Mix B, 13-14 to Mix C, 15-16 to Mix D). You can also toggle their stereo insert points, which feature a Sum button that blends the input and the insert return. Additional controls let you toggle after-fade listen and cascade the output of each Stereo Mix Bus to Mix Bus A.
Smooth 100mm analog faders provide reliable gain control for the selected stereo buses and/or the direct channel output if CHOP POST is selected above.
Assign the panning and output of each channel to any of the four Stereo Mix Buses, cut (mute), or solo them with these buttons.
Each channel offers a set of secondary output controls, including a stereo cue and two mono auxiliary sends. You can set each channel's stereo cue to pre or post fader on an individual basis, whereas the pre-/post-fader state of aux sends can be set universally.
This section contains several useful controls including a +/-20dB trim pot, insert switch, direct output pre/post fader switch. There are additional buttons for phase reverse, selecting the inline DAW input, and adding the 500 Series module associated with the first 16 channels.
The first eight channels come equipped with preamps that feature up to 75dB of gain, switchable Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD), as well as hi-Z mode, +48V phantom power, and a -20dB pad.
Two additional 500 Series slots come preloaded with a classic SSL bus compressor, which you can insert on Mix Bus A.
Twenty-segment stereo LED meters provide accurate monitoring for all four mix buses.
A set of 500 Series slots lets you add customizable inline signal processing to all 16 mono channels. The XL-Desk either comes loaded with a full set of 611EQ modules or with blank slots.

Amazing SSL Preamps Onboard

Sculpt your harmonics with eight VHD preamps

Pioneered by the flagship Duality console, and further popularized by the rackmountable Alpha Channel, SSL's Variable Harmonic Drive preamps are revered throughout the recording industry for their tonal versatility and performance. When you engage the VHD circuit on each of the XL-Desk's eight preamps, you instantly go from a pristine, uncolored sound to the volume-responsive warmth you'd expect from a vintage console. What's more, there's a knob that lets you dial in the proportion of second-order harmonics to third-order harmonics, allowing you to seamlessly transition between tube warmth and aggressive transistor bite.

VHD Preamps at a Glance:

  • 8 SSL preamps deliver 75dB of pristine gain
  • Switchable Variable Harmonic Drive on every pre
  • Blend between tube and transistor distortion styles
  • Phantom power and -20dB pad on every preamp
  • Trim knob and hi-Z switch accommodate most levels

Breathtakingly Clean Signal Path

SuperAnalogue signal path delivers pristine audio

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 XL-Desk 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.

SuperAnalogue Circuitry at a Glance:

  • 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

Magnificently Modular Design

Customize your console with 500 Series modules

The XL-Desk is an ideal choice for engineers who love their outboard gear, and nothing embodies this more than its integrated 500 Series racks. All 16 of the XL-Desk's mono channels have access to their own 500 Series slot, and depending on which XL-Desk configuration you go with, they either come loaded with SSL 611EQ E series equalizer modules, or they're all free for you to customize. The last two slots come preloaded with the legendary SSL G Comp bus compressor — possibly the most popular signal processor of all time. Rather than run them inline, you can insert any of the modules in slots 9–16 into the path of the four stereo mix buses. What's more, you can access all 16 of the mono slots I/O via dedicated DB25, allowing you even greater routing flexibility. And thanks to the over-specified power supply onboard, all 18 500 Series slots are virtually future proof.

500 Series Integration at a Glance:

  • Integrated 500 Series slots on all 16 mono channels
  • XL-Desk can come preloaded with 16 x 611EQ modules
  • Mix Bus A includes SSL G Comp bus compressor
  • Slots 9–16 can be assigned to any stereo mix bus
  • Slots 1–16 are also accessible via DB25 connectors

Freakishly Flexible Routing

All the buses and routing options you need

The purpose of any mixer is pretty basic: get signal from multiple sources, blend them together, and send them to one or more destinations. The magic happens at the mix bus, where audio signal comes together and interacts in a way that's greater than the sum of the parts, and SSL's mix buses are second to none. The XL-Desk gives you four of these amazing mix buses along with a pair of aux sends and a ton of I/O options that let you set up your studio exactly how you like it. Each input channel features a direct output (pre or post fader) and an insert point with a continuously active send. There are also 16 additional ALT line inputs, which provide an easy inline mixing workflow for your DAW complete with analog summing. Add a patch bay to your XL-Desk, and the mixing configurations are nearly endless.

Buses and Routing at a Glance:

  • 4 mix buses provide legendary SSL summing
  • Insert points and direct outputs offer additional routing
  • ALT inputs on first 16 channels provide playback summing
  • Stereo Cue and both Aux sends can be pre or post fader
  • Uniform DB25 I/O makes it easy to add a patch bay

Incredible Monitor Control and Talkback

Experience perfect monitoring and communications

When it comes to monitoring and communications, few console manufacturers can hold a candle to Solid State Logic, and the XL-Desk only builds on their solid reputation. On the monitoring side, the XL-Desk lets you hook up three sets of speakers, allowing you to work on your main monitors, check your mix on your full-range nearfields, and then dazzle the client on your Hi-Fi rig, all without touching a cable. You can even hook up a subwoofer and assign it on or off with each monitor set. Mono fold down, dim volume attenuation, and two solo modes (solo-in-place or after-fader listen) are just a button push away. On the talkback side, there's a mic built into the XL-Desk that lets you effortlessly talk back to two of the three headphone mixes. What's more, there's a Listen Mic input onboard with the legendary SSL listen compressor, which you can split to a recording channel if you want to pull off the classic Genesis room mic trick.

Communications at a Glance:

  • Effortlessly switch between 3 sets of monitors
  • Assign a subwoofer in or out with each monitor set
  • Mono fold down, dim, and 2 solo modes onboard
  • Talkback mic feeds 2 of 3 headphone mixes
  • Recordable Listen Mic input with classic compression

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!

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 24
Inputs - Mic Preamps 1 x DB25
Inputs - Line 1 x DB25
Inputs - Other 2 x DB25 (DAW), 2 x DB25 (500), 1 x DB25 (Stereo), 1 x DB25 (Misc), 1 x DB25 (Mix)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR, 1 x DB25
Outputs - Direct 2 x DB25
Outputs - Other 2 x DB25 (500), 2 x DB25 (Misc), 1 x DB25 (Mix)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Send/Return I/O 1 x DB25 (Mix Send), 2 x DB25 (Insert Return), 2 x DB25 (Insert Send), 2 x DB25 (500 Return), 2 x DB25 (500 Send)
Phantom Power 8
Aux Sends 1 x Stereo, 2 x Mono
Busses/Groups 4 x Bus (Stereo)
Faders 21 x 100mm
Channel Inserts Yes
Effects Yes (Compression)
Talkback Yes
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB
Height 9.9"
Width 40"
Depth 32"
Weight 89.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 729732X2

Customer Reviews

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Great Desk

This desk has far exceeded what I was expecting. Never hearing SSL consoles in person, but going into pro tools with 20 or so top end preamps, this thing just brings the mix together like nothing I've ever heard. Loud, punchy and a dead quiet noise floor. Takes a little work to figure out the best routing for your situation, but has a lot of different ways to route it. I have stereo compressors on all busses now, 8 SSL eq's, 2 RND 551 eq's. Going to fill the last 2 slots with API eq. What I love most about this desk is the ability to audition any source through any eq and compressor combination with the touch of a button. It's worth every penny and then some....
See also: Solid State Logic, Solid State Logic Analog Mixers