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Alpha Channel

Affordable superior quality front end for your DAW

SRP £899.00 + VAT

It's time to show your DAW who's boss

With the classic combination of a mic preamp, filter, EQ and dynamics, the XLogic Alpha Channel brings SSL’s sonic legacy bang up to date in an analogue channel strip designed to provide the perfect front end to your digital audio workstation.

With all the features needed to record great vocal or instrument tracks, the Alpha Channel offers a studio class mic pre and processing based on SSL’s years of experience in designing the world’s leading analogue recording consoles. A huge proportion of the music you know and love was recorded on SSL, renowned for the superior audio qualities you’ve heard on countless hit records. That elusive sonic ingredient is here in the Alpha Channel.

SSL analogue channel processing for your audio workstation pro mic preamp with line and instrument level switching studio class EQ, Filter and Limiter sections Variable Harmonic Drive circuit - a time machine of distortion characteristics analogue or digital outputs direct to your DAW.

  • Professional ultra clean mic preamp with line level & Hi Z instrument input switches
  • ‘Variable Harmonic Drive’ circuit; a Time Machine of distortion characteristics
  • High Pass Filter with selectable 40Hz, 80Hz or 120Hz cutoff frequency
  • Built in professional quality Analogue to Digital conversion - as standard
  • Auto sample rate sensing and self adjustment
  • Three band SSL parametric EQ with mid freq Q control and dual LF curves
  • Intelligent auto compression that maximises recording headroom and avoids DAC clipping
"This is a really sweet-sounding front end that delivers true SSL sound and performance at a price that's comparatively affordable." - SOS Magazine 2007

Read the full review from SOS here:

Depth230mm / 9" casing only
Height44.5mm / 1.75" (1 RU)
Width438mm / 17.25" casing only
-482mm / 19" inc’ rack ears
Weight3.0kg / 7 pounds
Power< 20 Watts
Boxed size320mm x 550mm x 80mm
Boxed weight3.5kg / 8 pounds
PowerIEC320 3-pin connector, 100 – 240 Vac, 50 – 60 Hz
Analogue I/O
MicrophoneBalanced, 3-pin XLR-F, Zin = 1kΩ (10kΩ for Hi Z)
InstrumentUn-balanced, ¼" Mono Jack, Zin = 1MΩ
OutputBalanced, ¼" Stereo Jack, Zo = 40Ω
Insert SendBalanced, ¼" Stereo Jack, Zo = 40Ω
Insert ReturnBalanced, ¼" Stereo Jack, Zin = 10kΩ
Link (2 of)RCA phono, limiter sidechain control voltage (dc.)
Digital I/O
SPDIF InRCA phono, 1V pk-pk, Zin = 75Ω, SPDIF format.
-The ADC will lock to this signal if present.
SPDIF OutRCA phono, 1V pk-pk, Zo = 75Ω, SPDIF 24bit format.
-Synchronised to SPDIF In, else free-runs at 44.1kHz.