Launched in 2004, the AWS (Analogue Workstation System) reinvented the professional production console by combining classic SSL Superanalogue™ console technology with comprehensive DAW control hardware in a single work surface.

Designed for mid scale commercial recording and production facilities, the AWS is available in 24 input (AWS 924) or 48 input (AWS 948) variants within a compact 24 fader frame. Both models deliver pristine SuperAnalogue™ mixing, 24 ultraclean SSL SuperAnalogue mic pre’s, classic SSL dual curve EQ on every channel, two assignable SSL Dynamics, legendary Stereo Buss Compressor, TotalRecall™ and full 5.1 monitoring. In addition to on board classic SSL Automation, both models also feature the revolutionary new A-FADA mode where motorised analogue faders follow DAW Automation data.

The AWS 916/924 continues the classic design of the AWS 900. Main features include:

Input
The AWS 916/924 Channel Input section features a balanced Line Input with +/-20dB of gain and a world class SuperAnalogueTM Mic Amp featuring continuous mic gain control (+15 to +75dB), phase reverse and switchable 48V phantom power. An Instrument D.I allows for high impedance sources such as guitars. The Flip control overrides the Master Mic/Line input selection assigned globally via the console centre section.

EQ
Taken from the legendary XL 9000 K Series console and its current successor Duality, the AWS 924 features a highly flexible EQ section, switchable between a default E Series operation and the characteristic G Series curves and control interaction. The INS IN switch routes the channel via the balanced Insert Send and Return. PRE places the Insert before the EQ section. In conjunction with the dynamics CHIP and CHOP routing keys, the order of the EQ, INSERT and DYNAMICS blocks can be re-ordered.
HPF - 18dB/Octave high-pass filter with detente bypass position
G-EQ Curve switch - toggles between the default E-Series and G-Series tonal characteristics and control interaction
HF - High frequency shelving equalizer switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch
HMF - High frequency parametric mid-band EQ section
LMF - Low frequency parametric mid-band EQ
LF - Low frequency shelving EQ Switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch

AWS 924 & 948 feature Ethernet connectivity for streamlined hardware control of your Digital Audio Workstation, delivering elegant, ergonomic physical control over your entire studio environment with dedicated heavy duty DAW transport, V-Pot multifunction encoders with position indicating LED’s, Digital Scribble Strips, DAW fader mode, global and channel routing control and built-in TFT display for advanced plug-in editing. Project Session Management is kept simple through SSL’s proprietary Logictivity interface.

The AWS 948 maintains the same 24 fader footprint as the AWS 924 (and classic AWS 900) and achieves its 48 input count via a unique Dual Path Channel Strip design where each channel has a single Mic Amp and two line level inputs, a new Stereo EQ and Stereo Insert. This new channel enables three different operating modes: STEREO MIX, IN LINE MIX and IN LINE TRACKING. These differing modes offer a wealth of workflow options that enhance today's versatile production environments;

 

Input Section
The AWS 948 Channel Input section features two balanced Line Inputs with +/-20dB of gain and a world class SuperAnalogueTM Mic Amp featuring continuous mic gain control (+15 to +75dB), phase reverse and switchable 48V phantom power. The -20dB PAD is intended for use with very high output microphones. The routing functionality of the Insert varies according to the three different operating modes.

EQ Section
The Stereo EQ design featured on the AWS 948 is sonically identical to the SSL SuperAnalogueTM mono Channel EQ taken from the legendary XL 9000 K Series console and its current successor Duality. It is a highly flexible 4 band parametric EQ design. HF/LF and Mid Frequency bands are independently switchable between E and G series response curves and tonal characteristics. PRE places the Insert before the EQ section. In conjunction with the dynamics CHIP and CHOP routing keys, the order of the EQ, INSERT and DYNAMICS blocks can be re-ordered.
HPF - 18dB/Octave high-pass filter with detente bypass position
G-EQ Curve switch - toggles between the default E-Series and G-Series tonal characteristics and control interaction with independent switches for the HF/LF and Mid Frequency bands
LMF - Low frequency parametric mid-band EQ
HF - High frequency shelving equalizer switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch
HMF - High frequency parametric mid-band EQ section
LF - Low frequency shelving EQ Switchable to fixed Q parametric response via the Bell switch

The AWS is an SSL SuperAnalogue™ console, featuring the audio performance specifications that have established the benchmarks by which other manufacturers are measured. Exceptionally low THD, noise floor & crosstalk levels keep your audio absolutely pristine, while our legendary headroom carries every nuance of your audio and allows engineers to mix ‘hotter’ without distortion.

While the AWS offers a powerful large format analogue console feature set within a compact console design, it also goes further than any other analogue console by integrating seamlessly into a DAW-based facility by incorporating hands-on control of important recording, routing, mixing, and editing functions in all major DAW applications.

Stereo Channel Outputs privde post pan, stereo channel stem recording in a single pass (948 only)
Independent insert IN/OUT switching on In-Line channels simplifies installation and expands the versatility of the Monitor path (948 only)
Enhanced Small Screen Signal Flow graphics in the Chan Setup page dynamically displays processing order and IN/OUT status on Stereo and In-Line channels
Combination of SuperAnalogue™ console and advanced DAW controller
SSL SuperAnalogue™ mix bus provides pristine audio foundations
SSL SuperAnalogue mic pre's provide transparent record path
Innovative Dual Path Channel with three versatile operating modes (948 only)
48 inputs on AWS 948;
IN-LINE TRACKING = 1 mic + 1 line inputs per channel
IN-LINE MIX = 2 x mono line inputs per channel
STEREO MIX = 1 x stereo line input per channel
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AWSomation SSL motorised fader mix automation based on the heritage of G and K series Ultimation
Versatile 4 band channel EQ, assignable Dynamics and SSL Master Bus Compressor
4-Band EQ design with independent E/G curve switching of HF/LF (Stereo on 948 only)
5.1 Surround monitoring and Monitor calibration including Bass management
MIDI over Ethernet multi layer DAW workstation control
Digital Scribble Strips for console and DAW data
Elegant project setup via SSL Logictivity Remote Browser and SD card storage
SSL's unique trademarked TOTAL RECALL™ system with 'TR Autoscan'
Responsible 'green' manufacturing and reduced power consumption
Compact 24 fader frame ideal for small control rooms

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