$ 1,029.00

The SSL X-Rack Channel EQ is a module for the X-Logic X-Rack or Mynx power racks, with switchable EQ characteristics from the legendary 4000 E (brown) and 4000 G (black) console equalizers

While the X-Rack Channel EQ Module is taken from the SuperAnalogue XL 9000 K console, it doesn’t turn its back on its roots, which is the console EQ from the legendary 4000 E and G consoles. The Channel EQ first and foremost can change its personality with switchable curves and control interaction from the 4000 E console EQ to 4000 G-series EQ. Or, as professionals experienced on both desks call them, the brown (E series) and black (G series) EQs, which is based on the color of the low-frequency knobs. The 4000-series EQ is rich in harmonics and more aggressive yet musical in the mid bands. A workhorse mix EQ that can be used on any track, it’s great for pinpoint surgical corrections, or you can use its wide bell and shelf for broad sound shaping. It’s particularly useful for making drums and guitars jump out of the speakers. In fact, using the bell on the LF section at 100Hz is great for focusing the meat of a snare.

SSL X-Rack Channel EQ Module—Just the Facts:

  • Direct copy of the XL 9000 K equalizer as used on Duality and AWS 900+ consoles
  • E and G characteristic switching
  • High and low-bands switchable between shelving and fixed Q bell curves
  • Switchable between SSL E and G series console channel EQ characteristics
  • EQ In switch for A/B comparison
  • Rear-panel connections on balanced XLR
  • TotalRecall status LEDs to restore settings from previous mixes

SSL X-Rack Channel EQ Module—Under the Hood

Taken from the legendary XL 9000 K Series console and its current successors Duality and AWS 924, the X-Rack Channel EQ is a fully featured EQ with high- and low-bands switchable between shelving or fixed Q bell curves and two mid-bands each with variable Q control.

  • 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

SSL console EQ history

The classic equalizers of the SL 4000 E and G consoles have made their mark on more hit records than any other console. SSL 4000 consoles are still in use today by top mixers, including Chris Lord-Alge and Bob Clearmountain, while Michael Brauer uses the XL 9000 J. The current generation of SuperAnalogue console EQ (featured on Duality, AWS, and the mono X-Rack EQ Module) are switchable between EQ characteristics that offer either the E Series 'Black' EQ or the G Series EQ. Prior to 1987 SSL used the color of the low-frequency EQ knob caps to indicate which type of EQ was fitted. All consoles were custom built and could feature different combinations of EQ module. The following color codes apply:

E Series Brown: The original SSL EQ fitted to all consoles prior to the summer of 1985. Despite the rumors, these equalizers only came in one version. The EQ card was called the “02.”

E Series Orange: The infamous EQP equalizer. This was a variation on the Brown EQ with controls simulating the curves of a valve-type EQ (the Pultec). Very few were sold. This card was named the “132.”

E Series Black: The last version of the standard E series EQ. It evolved in the early 1980s from discussions with many top engineers and proved very popular. The EQ card was called the “242”.

G Series: With the arrival of the G Series console in 1987, the color coding was abandoned and the classic SSL end-cap color scheme used today was adopted. First introduced in 1987, the original G Series EQ introduced Q characteristics which were proportional to gain settings and had a degree of overshoot when boosting and undershoot when cutting.

The SSL Channel EQ Module is a uniquely versatile EQ that can be used for both surgical and tone-shaping chores on any instrument or voice. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist today.

HF Band controls

  • Frequency: Variable from 1.5kHz to 22kHz
  • Gain: Variable between ±20dB
  • Q: 2.5 (on Bell setting)

HMF Band controls

  • Frequency: Variable from 600Hz to 7kHz
  • Gain: Variable by ±20dB
  • Q: Variable from 0.5 to 2.5 (may also vary with gain)

LMF Band controls

  • Frequency: Variable from 200Hz to 2.5kHz
  • Gain: Variable by > ±20dB
  • Q: Variable from 0.5 to 2.5 (may also vary with gain)

LF Band controls

  • Frequency: Variable from 40Hz to 600Hz
  • Gain: Variable between ±16.5dB
  • Q: 2.5 (on bell setting)

Performance

  • THD + N: < 0.005% at +20dBu 1kHz; < 0.007% at +20dBu 10kHz
  • Frequency response: ±0.5dB from 20Hz to 20kHz; –3dB at 200kHz
  • Output headroom: > +26dBu at onset of clipping
  • Noise: < –83dBu (+4dBu operating level); < –92dBu (–10dBV operating level)

Dimensions (approx.)

  • Depth: 7-15/16" / 200 mm (including front panel knobs, excluding connectors)
  • Depth: 10-15/16" / 275 mm (including front panel knobs and connectors)
  • Height: 6-3/4" / 171 mm
  • Width (Front/rear panels): 1-3/8" / 35mm
  • Overall width (front and rear panels are offset): 1-15/16" / 49 mm
  • Weight: 9.5 oz. / 260g

 

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