Three of Universal’s newest signings – Sons & Lovers, Eliza & The Bear and Fred Page – have just completed The Satellite Tour with an SSL Live console, supplied by HD Pro Audio.
Production for the 14-date UK tour was handled by Cato Music. Cato’s FOH engineer Jim King, needed a console with a large number of outputs and decided the SSL Live met all the tour’s needs.
HD Pro’s Andy Huffer explains: “When new consoles go on tour we expect a few phone calls regarding operation, but we didn’t get any on this tour thanks to a good engineer and the logic of the interface that SSL has designed for the Live.”
“It’s a truly suburb console,” says King. “It’s very intuitive and quick to learn, but the outstanding feature is its audio quality. The sound is incredible and it’s really easy to get a great mix with very little effort.”
“We follow every new product on tour closely” remarks Huffer. “This is both to support engineers and to fully assess the product when used and abused in the conditions it must endure on tour. The SSL came through with flying colours. It was stable and totally reliable under all conditions. And as Jim has said, it sets a new benchmark for live performance sound quality.”
SSL announced the release of the new V2 software for the Live console at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt this week.
There are over 25 new additions to the SSL Live console, covering enhancements to the Output Matrix, Effects Rack, User Interface, Routing, Solo System and Focus Channel.
The new software is due for public release in April 2014. It will also become standard on all new consoles and will be available for free to all existing owners.