Recording equipment for studios and producers

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  • Published 2004

Duncan Pro Audio is a leading European dealer of pre-owned SSL mixing consoles - quality used recording equipment for studio, producer or engineer. Working closely with the Solid State Logic brings the studio owner genuine added benefits.

In these uncertain times if buying new is not what you are looking for, is an exclusive European dealer of previously owned consoles working directly with Solid State Logic UK to give customers important added benefits not generally associated with the usual second time user seller.

A large supply of refurbished consoles from 10 years to only 12 months old are available - prices vary from £15,000 for 4048E with E computer and Total Recall to £260,000 for a flagship 64 channel K series. Each console purchased can carry a warranty with on-site commissioning by an SSL trained technician if required. Custom upgrades, modifications, expansions, and reconfigurations are also available.

Investing in large format consoles is a very big decision, and this is where long term experience of the industry helps you choose the right desk for your needs and budget.

A selection of used consoles currently available are viewable on Duncan Pro Audio.

If you need more convincing that investing in a used SSL is the right thing to do just look at the company's pedigree which probably can't be bettered by any other manufacturer.

Over the years, SSL has pioneered advances in console technology providing ever more intelligent and efficient means to assist the creative process, providing customers with a vital commercial advantage.

2002: The new Solid State Logic XL 9000 K Series is the first analogue console to provide the dual benefits of a full 5.1 surround architecture and the increased bandwidth and resolution needed for DVD-Audio and SACD. The XL provides both outstanding audio quality and comprehensive multichannel surround capabilities in SSL's first new analogue console since the introduction of the J Series in 1994. C200 Digital Production Console  

2001: In one of the most dramatic SSL product revisions to date, the entire digital console range was enhanced to new levels of capability and flexibility, including the very latest HS control processing. MT Production (MTP) now provides the power of a digital in-line mix architecture in a configuration optimised for large-scale television production and music. With a compact and light frame, the console is exceptionally well suited to restricted space and weight environments, such as remote trucks.

2000: The SL 4000 G+ Classic console provided 5.1 capabilities and extensive functionality in a highly cost effective package representing the most advanced edition of the world's most popular in-line console.

1999: Aysis Air Mobile provided the same functional excellence of Aysis Air, within an architecture specifically designed for mobile applications. MixTrack offered a 24-bit, 96-track hard disk recording option totally integrated within the Axiom-MT digital multi-track console.  

1998: Axiom MT combined the proven technology of the A Series system with SSL's instantly familiar and world-wide accepted control surface to provide a digital multi-track console with an analogue-intuitive operator interface. Aysis Air, designed for on-air broadcasting and production.

1997: The first two application-specific derivatives of the A Series appeared.
Avant, designed for film and post production mixing

1996: Next in the new A Series was Aysis, a highly flexible, compact, all digital production system which proved immensely popular in limited space applications such as OB vehicles, and with post houses specialising in long form television work.

1995: Axiom - the first product in a completely new range of totally digital audio post production and broadcast systems. Axiom represented a fresh approach to digital audio production, providing knob-per-function ergonomics in a tapeless, dynamically automated environment.

1994: The milestone 1000th analogue console was installed at London's Town House Studios. Not content with 'mere success', SSL then launched the SL 9000 J, an all new "super" analogue mixing console with advanced automation and computer control facilities. Top facilities around the world, from Ocean Way in Los Angeles to Nippon Columbia in Japan quickly invested in this superb audio console. Also introduced in 1993, the SL 8000 GB, the ultimate analogue broadcast and multitrack recording console, combining the outstanding sonic performance and signal processing of the G+ with the high level of functionality required for on-air production.
1992: Scenaria - a radical new audio post production tool was launched, uniquely combining a fully automated mixing system with an integrated random access digital recorder/editor and random access video.

1993: OmniMix - offering all the capabilities of Scenaria but with the addition of multi-format surround sound facilities and a host of advanced creative processing possibilities. SSL's pioneering work in the digital audio for post production domain was recognised by the awarding of the prestigious Queen's Award for Technological Achievement and the Television Broadcast Award for Engineering Excellence.

1991: Ultimation, SSL's automated fader system was launched. In the same year, SSL solved multi-format problems by introducing a highly flexible console, the SL 8000 G, which was designed to handle surround sound film formats, including Dolby SRD and SDDS as well as simple stereo mixes. This console was awarded the Professional Choice Award for Audio Technology and a TEC Award.

1989: ScreenSound pioneered non-linear audio for video. Quickly establishing a large number of international devotees in the post production and broadcast sector, ScreenSound was acclaimed for its speed, ease of use and creative flexibility. So successful was ScreenSound that in 1990 SSL introduced SoundNet - the world's first multi-use digital networking system.

1981: The SL 4000 E was awarded the prestigious UK Design Council Award, having revolutionised studio management with Total Recall. Later that same year, SSL received its first Queen's Award for Export Achievement. Through the 1980's SSL continued to expand its range of products, establishing itself as the premier expert in audio technology for the music, film and broadcast industries.
1977: The SL 4000 B integrated a studio computer system with an in-line audio console.

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