Solid State Logic launch new Pure Drive Quad and Octo Microphone Pre-Amps
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Solid State Logic launch new Pure Drive Quad and Octo Microphone Pre-Amps

The new PURE DRIVE QUAD and OCTO units harnesses Solid State Logic's renowned SuperAnalogue PureDrive™ microphone preamp technology, originally featured in the ORIGIN console. This innovative preamp maintains the clarity and punch of SSL's previous designs while also offering the flexibility to switch its character to a warm, harmonically rich, and driven tone that varies with gain.

Advanced connectivity

PURE DRIVE QUAD and OCTO’s advanced connectivity opens a world of recording possibilities. They both share a comprehensive selection of analogue and digital I/O offering microphone preamps with exceptional performance and flexibility, whether you're tracking a band in a world-class studio or adding warmth to stems in a production scenario. They’re also ideal for project studios and on-location sessions where quality cannot be compromised, thanks to its integrated USB sound card.

PURE DRIVE QUAD has four rear-mounted combo XLR inputs and PURE DRIVE OCTO has eight rear-mounted combo XLR inputs. Both models also feature four front-panel Hi-Z/DI instrument inputs with automatic input detection, and three sets of D-sub connectors for line-level inputs, as well as insert send and insert return. The PURE DRIVE model’s insert returns/ADC inputs operate up to full +24 dBu line-level, for interfacing with other professional equipment.

PURE DRIVE QUAD and OCTO's versatile digital connectivity features an integrated USB soundcard providing eight channels of audio into your DAW up to 32-Bit/192 kHz. Four AES/EBU output pairs, and ADAT out, offering eight channels at 24-bit/48 kHz, or up to four channels at 24-bit/192 kHz via SMUX. Two AES/EBU output pairs, and ADAT out, offering four channels at 24-bit/48 kHz, or cascade two PURE DRIVE QUADs via its convenient ADAT LINK IN connection and access up to eight channels. The AES and ADAT outputs can also be individually repurposed to be fed from the onboard USB soundcard as outputs from your DAW. Finally, there's an auto-ranging word clock input and output for robust digital clocking.

Pure Drive QUAD Key Features

  • 4 channel high-performance PureDrive™ mic preamps 
  • +48V phantom power, polarity invert and 3rd order hi-pass filter
  • Stepped Gain control up to +65 dB Gain 
  • 31-step Trim control, with precise 1 dB increments – overdrive the signal with the Gain control and then reduce to a suitable level using Trim. 
  • 3 modes for each preamp – Clean, Classic Drive and Asymmetric Drive 
  • Mic/Line Input Switching 
  • Mic via XLR  
  • Line via choice of TRS Jack or dedicated D-Sub connectivity 
  • 4 x front panel Hi-Z/DI Instrument unbalanced inputs with automatic input detection 
  • 4 mic preamp input impedance options – explore new tonal possibilities from your dynamic and ribbon microphones
  • Balanced analogue outputs/insert sends for external processing 
  • +24 dBu professional line level insert returns/ADC inputs 
  • Analogue to digital connectivity via ADAT, AES and USB
  • Ability to switch ADAT and AES connections to source audio from DAW outputs (USB) instead of the A/D converter 
  • USB soundcard mode : QUAD – 12 in / 12 out (@44.1/48 kHz) ; 4 x analogue + 8 x ADAT in (via Link in) / 4 AES + 8 ADAT outs
  • Stepped pots and digitally controlled analogue electronics for precision, stereo matching and ease of recall 
  • Up to 192 kHz and 32-bit conversion, professional I/O levels (+24 dBu = 0 dBFS). 
  • Selectable Auto-Sleep mode 
  • Auto-ranging Wordclock In and Out 

Pure Drive OCTO Key Features

  • 8 channel high-performance PureDrive™ mic preamps 
  • +48V phantom power, polarity invert and 3rd order hi-pass filter
  • Stepped Gain control up to +65 dB Gain 
  • 31-step Trim control, with precise 1 dB increments – overdrive the signal with the Gain control and then reduce to a suitable level using Trim. 
  • 3 modes for each preamp – Clean, Classic Drive and Asymmetric Drive 
  • Mic/Line Input Switching 
  • Mic via XLR  
  • Line via choice of TRS Jack or dedicated D-Sub connectivity 
  • 4 x front panel Hi-Z/DI Instrument unbalanced inputs with automatic input detection 
  • 4 mic preamp input impedance options – explore new tonal possibilities from your dynamic and ribbon microphones
  • Balanced analogue outputs/insert sends for external processing 
  • +24 dBu professional line level insert returns/ADC inputs 
  • Analogue to digital connectivity via ADAT, AES and USB
  • Ability to switch ADAT and AES connections to source audio from DAW outputs (USB) instead of the A/D converter 
  • USB soundcard mode: OCTO – 8 in / 24 out (@44.1/48 kHz) ; 8 x analogue / 8 AES + 16 ADAT outs
  • Stepped pots and digitally controlled analogue electronics for precision, stereo matching and ease of recall 
  • Up to 192 kHz and 32-bit conversion, professional I/O levels (+24 dBu = 0 dBFS). 
  • Selectable Auto-Sleep mode 
  • Auto-ranging Wordclock In and Out 

Hear the Pure Drive Pre-Amps in action here:

Where to buy


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