The SSL12 USB audio interface brings Solid State Logic’s multi-decade dominance of the professional studio realm into a whole new arena: the home studio! This 12-in/8-out interface boasts four pro-grade microphone preamps — with a further 8 channels of digital audio available via the ADAT in — and ultra-high fidelity 32-bit/192kHz AD/DA converters to capture everything from solo singer-songwriters to full drum kits with maximum clarity and definition. Next, a host of different I/O options including two Hi-Z inputs, two headphone outputs, and four balanced outputs allow you to tailor and fine-tune your setup for any studio application. Add in the three user-assignable buttons, dedicated per-channel 4K Legacy mode, built-in talkback mic, and all-encompassing software Production Pack, and the SSL12 represents an affordable way to upgrade your studio rig with the legendary sound and studio utility of Solid State Logic!
SSL built their reputation on their celebrated large-format consoles, which have helmed countless hit records and Grammy-winning albums. In particular, the SSL 4000 series console has inspired generations of musicians, producers, and engineers with its undeniable analog mojo. The SSL12 brings that signature 4000 series sound into your project studio with its Legacy 4K feature, which, with the push of a button, imparts the preamps with two essential characteristics of the 4000 series signal chain. The first thing you’ll hear is a musical, high-frequency EQ boost that will push your vocal or instrument forward in the sound field, for a deeper, more dimensional sonic profile. Then, you’ll notice a subtle addition of harmonic distortion that sweetens the sound and adds personality to the signal. For small-format recording interfaces, there isn't anything quite like the Legacy 4K button, available on the SSL12.
To get you started recording right out of the box, the SSL12 ships with a comprehensive production pack that includes Celemony Melodyne; IK Multimedia AmpliTube SE; Native Instruments Hybrid Keys and Komplete Start; Ableton Live Lite; AAS Session Bundle plug-ins; and 1.5GB worth of samples from Loopcloud. In addition to this formidable software suite, the SSL12 comes bundled with two SSL Native channel strips: Vocalstrip 2 and Drumstrip. With Vocalstrip’s four vocal-specific processors — De-esser, De-ploser, 3-Band EQ, and Compander — you can easily achieve an articulate and impactful vocal sound. And Drumstrip provides five carefully selected processing tools — including transient shaper, drum gate, high- and low-frequency enhancers, and the classic Listen Mic compressor — to add clarity, punch, and heft to any drum recording. Finally, Solid State Logic provides three months of free access to SSL Complete, Auto-Tune Unlimited, and Arcade by Output — a trio of subscriptions that puts the plug-ins of the pros right at your fingertips.
Here at Music Experience, the first thing that struck us about the SSL12 was its sheer quality of build; it’s an exceptionally solid-feeling unit that truly feels like it belongs in a high-end studio, with plenty of tactile buttons, sturdy knobs, and a durable brushed metal top. The intuitive controls — including three user-assignable buttons on the top of the chassis — ensure a productive, streamlined workflow with a high degree of visual feedback on the multi-colored faders and per-button lights. Finally, a built-in talkback mic enables quick communication between the control room and the live room, and the two professional-grade headphone outputs allow for effortless shared playback.
SSL 12 is a 12-in/8-out USB bus-powered audio interface that enables you to get studio-quality audio into and out of your computer with minimal fuss and maximum creativity. Building upon the success of SSL 2 and SSL 2+, SSL 12 gives you more. More I/O, more performance and more versatility. SSL 12 is fully integrated with SSL 360° software: Your SSL Control Room. Here you can assign monitor controls, create multiple independent headphone mixes, choose your Loopback source, customise the 3 front panel user-buttons and much more. SSL 12 presents a combination of professional features and workflow never seen before in a portable desktop interface.
4 beautifully detailed mic preamps to capture every nuance of every performance, with enough gain to cope with whatever microphone you're plugging in. Our two-stage design uses a mixture of specially chosen discrete low-noise transistors in combination with ICs, resulting in exceptionally low-noise performance (-130 dBu EIN) and a superior gain range (62 dB).
Unlike many USB-powered audio interfaces, the balanced line inputs and outputs on SSL 12 work all the way up to +24 dBu, allowing you to seamlessly integrate with your favourite analogue outboard gear and other line-level devices.
With 32-bit converter technology, impeccable left-right stereo tracking and balanced outputs that deliver greater than 120 dB of Dynamic Range, SSL 12 brings the kind of no compromise monitor section performance fit for a high-end studio straight to your desktop.
Big studio features, small desktop footprint Everything you need and more, from your portable studio centrepiece. SSL 12 is loaded with an extraordinary amount of professional studio features normally reserved for high-end rackmount interfaces.
For tracking, the ADAT connectivity, together with the on-board talkback mic and an incredibly powerful software cue mixer (that allows you to create up to 4 independent near-zero latency performer mixes) will handle the most demanding of recording sessions.
For mixing, alternative monitor switching and assignable front panel control room functions puts everything you need at your fingertips.
For production, USB Loopback, MIDI I/O and DC-coupled outputs for CV control of synths equip you with a serious toolkit to keep the creativity flowing. To top it all off, the ever-expanding SSL Production Pack (packed with a selection of must-have virtual instruments, plug-ins, samples and DAWs) helps to bring your productions to life.
SSL 360° hosts the SSL 12 software mixer, where you can set up low-latency headphone mixes, choose your Loopback source and customise the user-assignable front panel buttons on SSL 12 via the powerful but intuitive console-style mixer on-screen.
SSL 12 provides an intuitive, virtual console-style mixer for dialling in headphone mixes. With independent pan, level and mute controls available for each send, the SSL 12 Mixer puts you fully in charge.
Choose from 3 different modes of operation for the headphone outputs that best suit your headphones – Standard, High Sensitivity or High Impedance. Or, you can choose to re-purpose each HP output as a balanced/unbalanced mono output, if you need additional line level outputs from SSL 12.
The 3 front panel switches come pre-assigned to CUT for the monitors, ALT speaker switching and TALKBACK mic engage/disengage but you can choose to change these buttons to any of the following functions to suit your needs - DIM, CUT, MONO SUM, ALT, INVERT PHASE LEFT, TALKBACK.
We’ve been helping world-class artists, producers and engineers make great music and audio for decades. It's crucial to have the right tools for the job, so we’ve partnered with some of the industry's key brands to offer you the SSL Production Pack, bundled free with your SSL 12 audio interface. Featuring a selection of must-have virtual instruments, plug-ins, samples and DAW, let your creativity shine and bring your productions to life with the SSL Production Pack.
The Legacy 4K button injects a musical high frequency boost, alongside a controlled amount of finely tuned harmonic distortion. It's perfect for adding character and edge to your vocals and instruments.
|Computer Connectivity||USB 2.0|
|Simultaneous I/O||12 x 8|
|A/D Resolution||Up to 32-bit/192kHz|
|Number of Preamps||4
|Analog Inputs||4 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 2 x 1/4"|
|Analog Outputs||4 x 1/4" TRS|
1 x Optical Toslink (ADAT)
||2 x 1/4"|
|USB||1 x USB-C|
|Software||SSL Production Pack, 3rd Party Bundled Software|
|OS Requirements - Mac||
macOS 10.12 or later
|OS Requirements - PC||Windows 8.1 or later|
||USB bus powered|
|Manufacturer Part Number||729705X2|