Solid State Logic Alpha-Link LIVE-R

SKU: SSL Alpha-Link MADI-Live R
$ 4,429.00

The Alpha-Link LIVE-R is a 24-channel, MADI/AES3 AD/DA converter with redundant fiber-optics, dual power supplies, and ports for up to three Alpha-Link 8-RMP 8-channel remote mic preamps

Wearing the impressive silver metallic face that says SSL spoken here, the Alpha-Link LIVE-R is a 2U-high rack-mountable multi-channel audio converter for Studio, Live, and Broadcast applications. Featuring the impressive price/performance ratio that typifies the X-Logic Alpha-Link series, the LIVE-R is a MADI and AES/EBU-based converter built with broadcast and live sound reinforcement in mind. To ensure reliability in live settings where one second of dead air is unacceptable, the Alpha-Link LIVE-R provides peace of mind with dual power supplies and fiber I/O redundancy. For convenient state setup and short mic-to preamp connections to combat RF and other electrical interference, the LIVE-R features control ports for up to three Alpha-Link 8-RMP 8-channel mic preamps, which can be remote-controlled from a C10 or C100 HDS console. Alpha-Link LIVE-R is configurable to suit either European or US broadcast analog interface levels.

SSL Alpha-Link LIVE-R—Just the Facts:

  • 56/64 MADI digital I/O at up to 48kHz; 28/32 MADI digital I/O at up to 96kHz
  • 24 balanced analog inputs and outputs with SSL-enhanced AD/DA at up to 96kHz over D-25 connectors (for use with D-Sub to XLR breakout)
  • Video Sync input functionality for the Word Clock input: the Video Sync signal can be converted to Word Clock internally and transmitted via the Word Clock output
  • All input and output channels can be used simultaneously in any configuration
  • Redundant MADI Fiber-optic I/O connections
  • Dual redundant PSUs built in
  • MADI I/O can be locked to the C10 HD and C100 HDS console clocks
  • Selectable internal master clock or externally synchronized via AES/EBU, Word clock or video sync
  • 24 balanced Analog I/O
  • 12 Pairs of AES/EBU digital I/O
  • Fiber-optic MADI connectors ensure noise-free operation over long cable runs
  • Embedded control data simplifies cabling and operation
  • Front-panel tri-color LED metering
  • Supports Fs and 2Fs formats in either high-speed or legacy modes
  • USB Interface for firmware updates
  • Stylish 2U Rack enclosure

SSL Alpha-Link LIVE-R—Under the Hood

Convenient front-panel controls

The unit offers simple front panel controls for configuration and a comprehensive input/output routing matrix which can be used to set up global connections between the various I/O connections and makes all combinations possible. There is also a meter section for the analog inputs and outputs with an AD/DA selection button, mode indicator LEDs, and 24 tri-color level LEDs. And of course, behind the front panel is pure SSL Superanalogue sound quality.

Routing Matrix Control

Also on the front panel, the Alpha-Link LIVE-R has a simple routing matrix that sends of groups of signals between the inputs and outputs. Using just two buttons, any input group (AES/EBU, Analog, or MADI) can be connected to any output group.

Standalone operation or standard I/O for C10/C100 consoles

The Alpha-Link LIVE-R unit can be used as a standalone format converter. However, when used in conjunction with an SSL C10 HD or C100 HDS console, it provides a very powerful and highly flexible I/O solution particularly suited to broadcast and live applications. When connected to a C10 HD or C100 HDS console, Alpha-Link LIVE-R provides automatic fiber-optic I/O redundancy switching and remote control of up to three Alpha-Link 8-RMP Mic preamps.

Alpha-Link 8-RMP Mic preamp (optional)

The Alpha-Link 8-RMP is a remote-controlled, 8-channel SSL preamp, featuring ultra clean and transparent analog mic preamplifiers that can be controlled remotely from your DAW via standard MIDI protocol.

I/O capabilities

The number of channels available on each audio interface provided by the Alpha-Link LIVE-R is determined by the sample rate and in certain circumstances by the mode of operation chosen.

Sample rates

The LIVE-R can operate at the following sample rates; 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz. If locked to an external clock source, it can also operate at a deviation of up to ±10% from these rates.

The Alpha-Link LIVE-R will deliver the ultra-transparent, high-quality audio you expect from SSL reliably for years to come. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist.

  • Analog channels: 24
  • AES/EBU channels: 24 (Fs & 2Fs high-speed), 12 (2Fs legacy/SMUX)
  • MADI channels: 56/64 (Fs); 28/32 (2Fs high-speed)
  • A/D: Yes
  • D/A: Yes
  • Sample Rate: Up to 96kHz
  • Bit Depth: 24-bit
  • Analog Inputs: 3 x DB-25
  • Analog Outputs: 3 x DB-25
  • Digital Inputs: 2 x MADI, 3 x DB25 (AES/EBU)
  • Digital Outputs: 2 x MADI, 3 x DB25 (AES/EBU)
  • Clock Inputs: 1 x Word Clock
  • Clock Outputs: 1 x Word Clock
  • USB: 1 x Type B
  • Other I/O: 3 x RJ-45
  • Rack Spaces: 2U
  • Dimensions (HDW): 3-1/2" x 12-1/4" x 19" (17-1/4" (w/out rack ears)
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