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SSL 2+

USB Audio Interface
By Sam Inglis

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If you've ever dreamed of having an SSL in your studio, that dream just became surprisingly achievable...

Many of the giants who bestrode the world of recording during the heyday of the large-format console are long gone. The manufacturers that have survived are those who have adapted successfully, moving into the new markets created by the explosion in digital recording and home-studio gear. Now part of the Audiotonix group, Solid State Logic still make awe-inspiring analogue and digital mixing consoles, with prices to match — but they also cater very effectively to the project-studio market. Over the years, they've introduced a number of innovative products with compact footprints and focused feature sets that retain the high quality levels we all associate with the brand.

More recently, SSL have developed a Chinese manufacturing operation which has enabled them to bring products such as the Fusion mastering processor and SiX mixer to market at very competitive prices. Even so, eyebrows were raised at this year's NAMM Show when they announced a pair of audio interfaces. Weighing in at £179$229 and £239$279 respectively, the 2 and 2+ are by far the most affordable hardware products SSL have ever produced, to the point where they make realistic alternatives to established interfaces from the likes of MOTU, Focusrite, PreSonus and Audient. Is it really possible to do justice to SSL's heritage at this price?

Two 2s

Both 2s are desktop audio interfaces that connect to the host computer over USB, and also draw their power that way: there is no option to use an external PSU. Although both are equipped with the Type-C socket that is specified for USB 3.1, they are USB 2 devices and can be connected to any USB 2 or later port with no loss of functionality. The package includes both Type C-to-Type C and Type C-to-Type A cables.

We were sent the 2+ for review, but both units occupy the same wedge-shaped metal case. This is lightweight and compact enough to be genuinely portable, whilst feeling substantial enough to survive the odd knock and scrape — the review unit had clearly been through some rough treatment at the...

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Published April 2020