- by Frank Hammel
FRANKFURT, Germany — Solid State Logic (SSL) introduced its Live-Recorder system at Musikmesse 2012. Designed for high-channel-count live, location or broadcast recording from FOH console systems, location film sound recording, TV broadcast production studios and broadcast production trucks.
More details from SSL (www.solidstatelogic.com):
The Live-Recorder system connects via standard optical MADI, and can connect directly to MADI-equipped digital mixing consoles, venue audio distribution infrastructure (Riedel, Optocore, etc.) or broadcast routers. The system is positioned as a cost-competitive alternative to hard disk recorders or other DAW recorder systems. Each Live-Recorder system can record up to 128Ch@24bit/48kHz or 64Ch@24bit/96kHz.
Live-Recorder combines Soundscape V6.2 DAW recorder/player software and a MadiXtreme or MX4 PCIe audio interface with an industrial-strength, high-performance 1U rack-mounting PC. The Soundscape 6.2 software is a powerful audio-only multi-track DAW recorder/player. Soundscape V6.2 has SSL’s “Pro-Convert” technology built in, so it can export recorded multi-track sessions in a range of formats native to a selection of popular DAW packages for editing and mixing. Export formats include; ProTools 8 and 9 sessions, Cubase/Nuendo track archives, Final Cut XMLs and Samplitude/Sequoia edit lists. Soundscape V6.2 also offers session import from supported DAWs, so it can be used as a player for full multi-track sessions for live performance if required. The Soundscape V6.2 software offers comprehensive non-linear editing capabilities if required and has the capacity to add extensive notes and metadata. The software also features advanced crash recovery systems, which will retrieve incomplete audio recordings on reboot after a host system catastrophic failure such as sudden power loss. The Soundscape Live-Recorder system supports MTC and MMC via standard MIDI interfaces or MIDI over Ethernet for external system sync and transport control.
There are two different Live-Recorder hardware configurations available: Live-Recorder MX4 is an up-to-128-channel recorder utilizing an SSL MX4 2x64 channel MADI I/O interface. It provides a versatile, open-architecture DSP-powered software mixer, which allows anything from simple individual track or stereo sum monitoring to sophisticated multi-feed and 5.1 monitoring. MX4 offers high quality in the box summing and includes SSL EQ, Dynamics and Bus Compressor plug-ins, making it a highly capable mixing and editing solution. Specifying a Live-Recorder MX4 with an SSL Alpha-Link audio converter provides local headphone, analogue I/O and digital I/O connectivity. Live Recorder 128 is a stripped-down system designed for environments where no confidence monitoring is required. It utilizes an SSL MadiXtreme 2- x 64-channel MADI I/O interface for direct optical MADI connection to consoles, routers, etc.
The 1U SSL-certified PC has been specified by SSL and developed in association with key hardware partners in Europe and the U.S. Each machine is housed in an ultra-quiet, front-cooling 1U chassis with 4-x drive SSD RAID array as standard. These machines are built to very high industrial standards, using proven components, and are extremely robust.
Live-Recorder systems are due to ship from April 2012 and will be available exclusively direct from SSL online. Options include:
Live-Recorder MX4: Up to 128 channels of recording. A fully configured and tested system with 1U host PC, MX4 128 dual-head 2- x 64-channel MADI I/O with on-board DSP, open-architecture software mixer, SSL plug-ins and Soundscape V6.2 software.
Live-Recorder 128: Up to 128 channels of recording. A fully configured and tested system with 1U host PC, MadiXtreme 128 dual-head 2- x 64-channel MADI I/O and Soundscape V6.2 software.
• Low-cost, high-channel count live, location and broadcast DAW recorder and player
• Combination of DAW recorder/player software, PCIe MADI audio interface and host PC
• Connects directly to any optical MADI-equipped device; console, router, etc.
• 128-channel (2- x 64-channels I/O) optical MADI connectivity
• 128 channels @24bit/48kHz or 64 channels @24bit/96kHz recording
• Exports directly to ProTools (8 and 9), Cubase/Nuendo, Final Cut and Samplitude/Sequoia
• Supports MTC and MMC Sync/Remote via MIDI interfaces or MIDI over Ethernet
• Unique crash recovery features
• Ultra-stable software with exemplary SSL recording quality
• Live-Recorder MX4 includes versatile DSP-powered software mixer and processing
• Add SSL Alpha-Link converters to Live-Recorder MX4 for local I/O and confidence monitoring
• Live-Recorder 128 option for environments where no confidence monitoring is required
• Full-network connectivity with advanced networked file management.