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Solid State Logic SSL2 2-In/2-Out USB Audio Interface $200

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A great many retailers of audio gear (more than I can list) that carry this this well-reviewed audio interface have reduced it from the $230 list price down to $200. Curiously, the SSL2+ version with additional I/O and headphone output went up in price from $280 to $300. Perhaps the price change is a move from Solid State Logic to sell more base SSL2 units?

There are many more store links than this, but here are some to look at:

Sweetwater Audio: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...-interface NLA

Sam Ash: https://www.samash.com/solid-stat...sssl2xxxx? NLA

Musician's Friend: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/p...000000000? NLA

Vintage King Pro Audio Outfitter: https://vintageking.com/ssl-ssl2-...-interface NLA

B&H Photo Video: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...audio.html

Guitar Center: https://www.guitarcenter.com/Soli...L73584.gc? NLA

Alto Music: https://www.altomusic.com/solid-s...index=1611 NLA
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davidallen1 asked this question on 03-07-2021 at 09:23 AM
03-07-2021 at 03:15 PM
The "See Deal" link directs to Alto Music's listing of it. I have since provided direct links to other retailers, but your favorite audio gear source is very likely to have the updated manufacturer's pricing.

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is this for changing volume?
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I would be more tempted by ssl2+ if it had 4 channels
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is this for changing volume?
It can do that but no generally this is for recording audio and outputting it. It's like a sound card only more professionally for music or any type of audio you want to record. Could be good for streamers too.
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is this for changing volume?
This is an interface designed to operate via a computer's USB port for recording audio through XLR microphones or musical instrument output via TS/TRS cable. The preamps bring the signals up to level, and then the interface internally processes the signal for a clean output into your Digital Audio Workstation on your computer (DAW). Simply, if you have XLR microphones (a standard in professional voice recording) and/or record musical instrument pickups (like an electric guitar) then an audio interface is a required part of the recording kit. Audio interfaces also vary wildly in quality and capability.
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I would be more tempted by ssl2+ if it had 4 channels
I do agree with you there. I decided on the SSL2+ solely for the second headphone output with independent control. For a genuine 4 channel interface, the Tascam US-4x4HR may be a consideration in this price range.
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I got a question for anyone who knows more than me. I have a bluebird and a focusrite solo. I have protools but was wondering if I can get better sound coming in by using a mixer with a compressor, high, mid, low, and possibly use the effects here and there for like a little reverb or whatever? Or should I just skip trying to do that and use the plug-ins?
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What do the "4K" buttons do?

also it seems weird that the Monitor Level knob is the biggest thing on there. Is that really the most important thing?
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I got a question for anyone who knows more than me. I have a bluebird and a focusrite solo. I have protools but was wondering if I can get better sound coming in by using a mixer with a compressor, high, mid, low, and possibly use the effects here and there for like a little reverb or whatever? Or should I just skip trying to do that and use the plug-ins?
no need, use plugins... be happy to teach you via zoom!
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no need, use plugins... be happy to teach you via zoom!
You're nice man!
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Does this include good software?
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This is very clearly an evil villain control panel. Does anyone know if it's actually any good at doing evil stuff with its evil controls?
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Quote from tommykavounidis :
no need, use plugins... be happy to teach you via zoom!
Thanks I kind of know how a little bit but was wondering if the compressor on a mixer would be good enough that I wouldn't have to go through and manually do it all afterwards.
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Quote from GreenKite4385 :
I got a question for anyone who knows more than me. I have a bluebird and a focusrite solo. I have protools but was wondering if I can get better sound coming in by using a mixer with a compressor, high, mid, low, and possibly use the effects here and there for like a little reverb or whatever? Or should I just skip trying to do that and use the plug-ins?
I think the best thing to focus on if you're concerned with improving the quality of your recordings would be mic pres (microphone preamplifiers). There are infinite options and some are geared towards certain instruments vs vocals etc, but if you're looking to improve audio quality and you already have a decent interface (without mic pres... I'm not familiar with the specs of yours), seek out decent pres that are geared towards whatever instrument you're recording.
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Thanks I kind of know how a little bit but was wondering if the compressor on a mixer would be good enough that I wouldn't have to go through and manually do it all afterwards.
On a mixer you still have to make some adjustments on the compressor. Plugins will give the best bang for your buck. You can emulate some of the best outboard gear without spending too much.
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