Solid State Logic have announced the introduction of βeta, a unique 500-series module ‘Hardware Development Kit’ that offers a little SSL style, quality and some SSL specific components to the community of ‘build your own’ audio electronics enthusiasts. βeta offers a self-illuminating perspex front panel that allows enthusiasts to devise and build creations that will look great in their racks with a window through to their very own electronic creations within. The panel is supplied with a collection of components that are identical to those used in SSL’s large format consoles.
The kit includes five log, antilog and linear pots (including centre detent versions) with SSL’s signature knob caps, a selection of two and four pole switches and dual colour status LED’s. The components mount within the front panel in a fixed configuration but are of course freely assignable to any function. The panel and controls attach to a stylish blue solderable breadboard with a standard 500 format edge connector and is supplied with resettable fuses. In true hobbyist tradition none of the elements of the βeta HDK are pre-assembled – it is a kit of parts for users to assemble from scratch. Additional components, such as potentiometers with alternative laws and tapers, can be purchased through SSL’s online store.
SSL βeta is not a kit of parts to build any specific SSL processor, it is intended as a fun blank canvas upon which users can create their very own unique audio processing ideas. SSL are excited to see what people create so if you use βeta to make something you are proud of you are encouraged to post photos or videos and tell SSL what you have done on thir Facebook page or via email.
SSL βeta will be available from Nov 2015 exclusively from the SSL online store and will cost £95/$165