With any digital console the potential for the highest standards of performance are entirely dependent upon the quality and capability of its I/O. The Live is equipped with a fully featured collection of Input and Output connectivity with the capacity to serve both Front of House and Monitor applications. The Live I/O meets the exacting audio benchmark SSL has set with the SuperAnalogueTM range of analogue consoles. It delivers a frequency response that is within 0.05 dB from 20 to 20 KHz (within 1.3dB down to 10Hz) and a THD of 0.005%. Digital to Analogue Conversion is 24bit/96kHz and the console operates at 96kHz. The local and remote I/O mic/line amps use SSL’s patented mic amp technology to deliver the highest quality signal to the console. The circuitry is DC coupled (no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path) and high input impedance. Mic amp gain is controlled extremely precisely in more than 16,000 steps ensuring totally smooth control, very good common mode rejection and extremely low distortion. Listening tests are recommended.
The Live provides a versatile collection of local I/O built into the control surface so can operate without the use of any Stageboxes if required and has good connectivity for local peripherals when used in a pure FOH role. The Live features auto sensing so identifies any SSL Live I/O connected within the software routing pages. The standard local analogue I/O configuration provides; 14 mic/line inputs, 2 dedicated Talkback mic/line inputs, 12 line outputs, 4 Headphone/Monitor outputs and there is chassis space to expand with another 16 line inputs and outputs. The standard AES/EBU digital I/O configuration provides 4 pairs of inputs and 4 pairs of outputs (expandable to 8 in & 8 out pairs). AES/EBU I/O has fully variable sample rate conversion. The standard MADI port configuration is 2 redundant pairs of coaxial connections expandable to 4 pairs) and 2 redundant pairs of optical connections. If redundancy is not required, these connections can be independent providing a maximum of twelve ports. In addition there is a separate MADI port (out/in), designed for uses as an ‘FX Loop’ for connecting an external FX device such as a laptop. The standard configuration has no SSL Blacklight II connectors but there is an option to add one or two redundant pairs. The back panel also accommodates connectors for MIDI, LTC, Wordclock and GP I/O. The consoles have redundant power suppliers.