Solid State Logic - Sigma Delta remote-controlled analogue summing

Solid State Logic - Sigma Delta remote-controlled analogue summing

The undisputed Pinnacle of Remote Controlled Analogue Summing Designed for the DAW user that seeks the legendary big sound of an SSL console while retaining the...

Vendor :Solid State Logic

Type :Signal Processing

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The undisputed Pinnacle of Remote Controlled Analogue Summing

Designed for the DAW user that seeks the legendary big sound of an SSL console while retaining the convenience of working in the box, Sigma δelta is a unique rack mounting SuperAnalogueTM mixer with full synchronised control via the Sigma Remote Control Application and Delta-Control DAW plug-ins.

The Solid State Logic Sigma gives you the legendary big sound of an SSL console while working entirely within your DAW environment. Using proprietary MDAC control technology first featured in SSL's Duality and AWS studio consoles, Sigma's pure analog summing engine may be driven by automation data created within your DAW of choice. The 16 input channels feature front-panel metering and may be individually switched between mono or stereo for up to 32 channels at mixdown. Sigma also gives you flexible monitoring configurations, talkback, MIDI over Ethernet, and more. Get big SSL sound and DAW convenience with SSL's Sigma.

Solid State Logic is proud to announce a significant V2.1 update to Sigma, SSL’s Remote Controlled Analogue Summing Mixer. Sigma has re-defined project studio analogue summing with its SuperAnalogueTM sound, remote control functionality, clever features and streamlined workflow. In early 2016, the V2.0 software release brought SSL δelta-Control technology to Sigma. δelta-Control is SSL’s innovative automation system that allows the writing, editing and playback of analogue automation data via DAW plug-ins. This free update introduces Eucon control and three new AAX, AU and VST3/VST format plug-ins; a new 16 channel plug-in brings Logic compatibility for the first time and new Mix Bus and Monitoring plug-ins streamline session control and recall.

The new 16-fader ‘Sigma δelta16’ plug-in brings compatibility to Logic users, as well as offering an alternative workflow to ‘Sigma δelta Single Fader’ plug-in users. The new Sigma δelta16 plug-in allows users to write automation for Sigma’s 16 analogue faders from one plug-in window, solving Logic’s inherent limitation of only being able to write data to one plug-in at a time. In addition to this, Sigma δelta16 can control pans, Solo, Cut, mono/stereo selection and mix bus assignments. A second new plug-in, the ‘Sigma δelta Mix Bus’, allows users to automate Sigma’s two stereo mix busses and their insert points. Finally, the ‘Sigma δelta Monitoring’ plug-in allows full control of Sigma’s monitoring section, including monitor and headphone levels, monitor cut, dim and source selection. The full effect of these features delivers an analogue summing mixer that is compatible with all major DAWs and instantly recalls when moving between DAW sessions. Sigma Single Fader plug-in users can continue to enjoy their established workflow and single fader-based sessions are backwards compatible.

δelta-Control 

The unique new SSL console automation system unites the very best of automation in the analogue console domain with DAW based workflow

Single Fader Plug-in

δelta-Control (δ-Ctrl) Single Fader Plug-in is a native AAX/RTAS/VST/VST3 plug-in that allows automation of Sigma channel volume as if it were a DAW plug-in. Inserting 16 instances into the DAW session will allow control of volumes and cuts for all 16 of Sigma’s channels. The automation system in the DAW is used to record and playback Sigma volume control data entered either directly from the fader in the plug-in GUI or from a SSL MCU control surface which is controlling Sigma directly. The δ-Ctrlplug-in is inserted into a DAW mixer audio or aux channel. The plug-in then receives and sends volume data from Sigma Delta via a high speed ethernet network connection. Audio on the DAW track passes through the plug-in slot unprocessed so the plug-in can be combined with other DAW plug-ins. Sigma’s Volume and Mute switch are represented as plug-in parameters in the δ-Ctrl plug-in GUI and their automation data is recorded to the automation lane of the selected DAW channel. In playback, the plug-in converts the stored automation data from the DAW into δ-Ctrl messages and routes these back to Sigma via the SSL Logictivity network connection.

16 Fader Plug-In

The 16-fader ‘Sigma Delta 16’ plug-in provides compatibility to Logic users, as well as offering an alternative workflow to ‘Sigma Delta Single Fader’ plug-in users. The plug-in is available all formats including AAX/AU/VST3/VST. The Sigma Delta 16 plug-in allows users to write automation for Sigma’s 16 analogue faders from one plug-in window, solving Logic’s inherent limitation of only being able to write data to one plug-in at a time. In addition to this, Sigma Delta 16 can control pans, Solo, Cut, mono/stereo selection and mix bus assignments.

Mix Bus Plug-In

The Sigma Delta Mix Bus plug-in allows users to automate Sigma’s two stereo mix busses and their insert points.

Monitoring Plug-In

The Sigma Delta Monitoring plug-in allows full control of Sigma’s monitoring section, including monitor and headphone levels, monitor cut, dim and source selection. It allows Sigma's Monitoring section to be controlled from your DAW, a control surface or the SSL Remote Application running on a computer or a tablet device. 

Instant Recall

The full effect of these plug-ins delivers an analogue summing mixer that instantly recalls when moving between DAW sessions. Sigma Single Fader plug-in users can continue to enjoy their established workflow and single fader-based sessions are backwards compatible, providing that the Delta Single Fader is updated to version 2.1 after Sigma is updated to 2.1 software. 

Controlling Sigma Delta

Sigma Delta offers tight integration into multiple studio workflows and setups. The Sigma Delta plug-ins provide streamlined implementation with Eucon enabled control surfaces such as Avid® S3, S6 and Artist series or the Pro Tools Control app. The plug-in parameters map across Eucon control surfaces via the Insert editor, meaning that users can easily move between controlling their summed Sigma mix and their DAW session from the same surface. Likewise, Nucleus users continue to be able to control Sigma directly via the Nucleus’ ‘Sigma Delta’ MCU profile, whilst being able to switch layers to control their DAW session.

Key Features

  • Advanced δelta-Control automation driven SSL SuperAnalogue™ mix engine
  • Works with major DAWs including Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo and Ableton Live
  • Eucon enabled control of Sigma Delta plug-ins via control surfaces such as Avid ® S3, S6 and Artist series or the Pro Tools Control app
  • SSL MCU Control of Sigma Delta via dedicated Nucleus profile
  • 16 flexible channels individually switchable between stereo or mono for up to 32 channels at mixdown
  • 2 stereo mix busses with individual stereo insert points
  • Independent Main and Alternate Monitor outputs
  • Direct outputs on all channels
  • Talkback facility with adjustable Dim level
  • Intuitive cross platform Remote Control app
  • High speed ‘Logictivity Control’ via single Ethernet cable
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    Setup Concepts

    Sigma communicates with your computer a little differently to what you may be used to... it is worth reading this, all of which is covered in detail in the User Guide, before setting up.

  • Sigma is an analogue summing unit which can be controlled from a cross platform Remote app, from a MCU compatible control surface using MIDI control, and from a DAW via the δelta-Control plug-in.
  • The Remote app and the δ-Ctrl plugin use a standard Ethernet connection to communicate with Sigma.
  • MCU control and MIDI control from an SSL control surface uses an application called 'ipMIDI' which runs on your computer to route MIDI data to Sigma via the same ethernet cable that carries the Remote app and δ-Ctrl messages.
  • δ-Ctrl, the Remote app and IP MIDI require that a network connection exists (via Ethernet) between your computer and Sigma. This is set up in a similar way to configuring a wireless hub and requires selection of appropriate settings in your network control panel in your computer.
  • To use a tablet/smartphone device (iPad etc) to control Sigma you will need a Wireless Router or wireless access point (AP), to which your computer and Sigma are already connected (using physical Ethernet cables). You simply connect to your tablet via WI-FI from the Wireless Router or access point. This allows the Remote app to control Sigma. This is necessary as Sigma does not have a wireless connection of its own.
  • The network and MIDI control aspects of Sigma are entirely separate to the audio side of Sigma. All audio connections are made between the Sigma unit and your Computer audio interface/converters.
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