Solid State Logic has launched an updated version of its popular Matrix console – the Matrix2 – at the 135th AES Convention in New York. This new version of the Matrix incorporates feedback from customers and provides a collection of new features including an upgrade to the console’s integrated software controlled patching of analogue channel inserts. Hardware device inserts can now be loaded directly from the console hardware controls (previously this was done only via the remote browser software), with a new interface that facilitates loading individual processors, A/B comparison of different processors and building processor chains. The Matrix remote browser software has also been re-designed to provide a new ‘drag and drop’ style interface for loading processors and building chains. A ‘Fader Linking’ system has been added to the console, which allows two or more faders to be grouped, to facilitate stereo or 5.1 channel control or subgroup style mixing. The A-FADA (Analogue Fader Accesses DAW Automation) summing system used in Duality, AWS and the new SSL Sigma rack has been introduced to enable the analogue faders of Matrix2 to be driven by automation data from a user’s DAW. A-FADA enables channel automation to be performed entirely in the analogue signal path but with the advantages of DAW automation data editing. A collection of smaller new features have also been added including ‘partial TR setup save and import,’ which allows selected parts of the console setup to be saved and imported as setup templates; new Preset insert matrix ‘scenes;’ Preset insert naming tools; “automatic dB readout” for Pro Tools users, allowing the scribble strip to automatically display fader values upon touch; modifier key ‘press and hold’ functionality for Cubase/Nuendo users and new DAW templates for Presonus Studio One and Ableton Live. Matrix2 will ship in December 2013 priced at £14,749 (€18,487) ex-VAT. www.solidstatelogic.com
IMW extends campus with SSL
Islington Music Workshop has invested in four different Solid State Logic consoles as part of an expansion of its teaching campus. Duality SE, AWS 948, Matrix and Nucleus consoles now form the centrepiece of each of four new studios at the central London operation.