This classy stereo processor aims to bring analogue colour to your digital recordings.
Neatly summed up by its ‘Stereo Analogue Colour’ front‑panel slogan, the Fusion has been two years in the making, the result of careful analysis by SSL’s engineers of various bits of highly regarded equipment to determine just what creates the desirable characteristics associated with high‑end analogue gear. This was followed by painstaking development and refinement with the help of a team of trusted mix and mastering engineers.
The substantial 2U rackmount box’s front panel has a brushed‑aluminium finish, and its spread of fluted knobs with brightly coloured caps, and square illuminated buttons, is classic SSL. A mains inlet on the rear, with on/off switch for the internal linear power supply, accepts 115 or 230 Volts AC. A label declares the Fusion to have been ‘Engineered in the UK, made in China’; both the engineering and building are to very high standards, with most circuitry taking the form of surface‑mount devices on a large motherboard.
Two pairs of XLRs carry the stereo balanced line‑level inputs and outputs, and there’s a set of balanced insert sends and returns, also on XLR. The intention is for the Fusion to be used for mastering or stereo mix‑bus processing, whether hooked up to a console or to your DAW and audio interface. The Fusion’s insert loop makes it easy to add further analogue processing (such as a SSL’s mix‑bus compressor) to the signal path, and provides some further useful options,...
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