The SSL SiX is a compact desktop mixer that redefines and streamlines legendary SSL studio tools for use in various scenarios such as the studio, post-production, stage, and podcasting. It encapsulates the DNA of 40 years of SSL expertise in creative studio workflow, offering big console sound and utility features in a small, portable format. SiX features two recording channels with SuperAnalogueTM mic preamps, two-band EQ, a simplified one-knob version of the classic SSL Channel Compressor, a new two-band Channel EQ, inserts, and 100mm faders.
SiX is a powerful, intuitive, and compact solution that brings SSL's studio legacy to various creative environments, offering flexibility and rewarding sonic performance.
SuperAnalogue™ Sound of SSL:
SiX is designed as an SSL SuperAnalogue™, delivering the sonic signature of a large-format SSL console on a desktop or in a portable setup. Its fully balanced signal path ensures pristine, detailed audio with wide dynamic range, ultra-low noise, ultra-low distortion, and superb imaging.
Two Recording Channels:
SiX features two mono channels with SSL SuperAnalogue™ Mic Pre’s offering 66dB of gain, phantom power, 75Hz high-pass filter, and an independent line-level input switchable to instrument level input with high impedance.
One-Knob Channel Compressor:
A new one-knob compressor circuit based on the classic SSL feed-forward Channel Compressor provides program-dependent attack and fixed release time, simplifying the compression process and ensuring a consistent level.
Two-Band SSL EQ:
Both mono channels feature a new two-band SSL EQ that can be independently switched between shelf and bell curves. The SSL design legacy ensures response curves and center frequencies that are musically pleasing for a wide range of sources.
SiX is equipped with 100mm faders, offering control over a usable gain range and making on-stage level adjustments easier compared to rotary or 60mm faders found on other compact mixers.
Fully Balanced Insert Point:
Each channel has a fully balanced insert point for integrating other signal processors after the EQ and Compressor circuits. The insert send is always active, allowing it to be used as a “dry” record send to a DAW if needed.
Alternate Input Switch:
The mono channels include an Alternate input switch for sourcing two extra mono channels from a connector on the rear of the console, usable at mixdown.
Line Level Inputs:
SiX has two stereo input channels with -10/+20 dB trim for line sources such as synthesizers, drum machines, or soundcard outputs. The channels automatically switch to mono if only the left input is connected.
G Series Bus Compressor:
The main mix bus incorporates the legendary G Series Bus Compressor with a fixed ratio, attack, and release settings, delivering the classic SSL glue and snap. Inserts on the main mix bus allow integration of external processing tools.
Professional Routing & Monitoring:
SiX features professional routing and monitoring features, including two Stereo Cue buses, main and alternate monitor outputs, mono check, dim, and cut. Fader channels have PFL and a Mute button that routes the muted signal to a ‘Bus B,’ which can be used as a DAW record send or routed to the monitor matrix.
Talkback and Listen Mic Compressor:
SiX includes a talkback mic input with phantom power and SSL’s unique Listen Mic Compressor, providing the classic 1980s slammed drums sound and serving as a unique processing tool.
Front to Back Depth:
310 mm / 12.2 inches
Height (from table top inc. feet):
120 mm / 4.7 inches
218 mm / 8.6 inches (Excluding Trim)
270 mm / 10.6 inches (Including Trim)
3.5 kg / 7.7 lbs
Boxed Size DxHxW:
325 mm x 155 mm x 360 mm (12.8" x 6.1" x 14.2")
6.0 kg / 13.3 lbs
Default test conditions (unless otherwise stated):
Source impedance of Test Set: 40 Ω
Input impedance of Test Set: 200 kΩ
Reference frequency: 1 kHz
Reference level: 0 dBu where 0 dBu = 0.775 V into any load
All unweighted measurements are specified as 22 Hz to 22 kHz band limited RMS and are expressed in units of dBu
The onset of clipping (for headroom measurements) should be taken as 1% THD
All distortion measurements are specified with a 36dB/Octave low pass filter at 20 kHz and are expressed as a percentage
All levels are intended balanced
Unless otherwise quoted all figures have a tolerance of ±0.5 dB or 5%.
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