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SSL VHD Mic Preamp in 500 Series - Used  From SSL

Uniquely versatile mic pre and processor delivers everything from ultra-clean to slightly warmed to heavily distorted recordings.

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Manufacturer's Description from SSL

The VHD Pre Module for the popular 500 format modular rack platform makes the uniquely versatile VHD based preamp technology from Duality, SSL's industry leading large format studio console, available for studios of all sizes.

The VHD Pre is an immensely versatile recording and processing device. It can deliver ultra clean SSL SuperAnalogueTM grade recordings but also features a switchable VHD mode. SSL's patented Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) system uses a 100% analogue signal path to generate rich harmonic distortion. As you increase VHD input gain, the Variable Harmonic Drive process introduces either 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion or a blend of the two to your source material. At lower gain settings it adds gentle valve-style warmth or a touch of transistor edge. As the gain is increased the more extreme the distortion becomes until at high gain settings it delivers fierce trashy transistoresque grunge. The VHD Pre gives the user ultimate versatility from a studio grade preamp. Whether it's ultra-clean traditional SSL, subtle warming or totally trashy transistor distortion, VHD will change your expectations of what a preamplifier should deliver.

The VHD section of the VHD Pre Module has three rotary controls: a Drive control selects 2nd harmonic or 3rd harmonic distortion or a continuously variable blend of the two. A +20/+75dB gain control sets input level. A -20/+20dB trim control adjusts the output level from the circuit to enable level matching with other devices, because by its nature the VHD circuit can significantly increase signal levels. The VHD Pre Module has a selection of other essential professional preamp features: a signal present LED, a switchable 15Hz to 500Hz LF Filter section, Hi-Z impedance switch for mic impedance matching, +48V phantom power, PAD to enable the VHD system to be used as a line level processing device and a Phase Invert Switch.

Key Features:

  • Uniquely versatile recording and processing
  • Ultra clean SSL SuperAnalogue grade preamp
  • Switchable VHD system adds controllable 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion
  • Switchable LF Filter (15Hz to 500Hz)
  • Hi-Z switch for high impedance microphone use
  • +48V Phantom Power with status LED
  • PAD for use with line level source material
  • Phase invert switch
Solid State Logic

About Manufacturer

From groundbreaking audio consoles to innovative video production systems, Solid State Logic has evolved to become the world's leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals. With more than 3000 SSL-equipped studios and facilities operational today, the excellence of SSL consoles is universally recognised for unrivalled sonic quality, superb ergonomics, outstanding automation and an international support infrastructure second to none. Founded in 1969, SSL has since expanded to its present 15 acre science park in Oxfordshire, England. SSL's unrivalled resources, including R&D, manufacturing, training, service and product support, operate in a unique high technology, customer oriented environment. The company invents, designs and manufactures technology for the creative manipulation of sound. Users and industry experts from all over the world visit SSL's Oxford HQ to consult with SSL audio experts and evaluate SSL equipment. There are more than 3000 SSL systems in service around the world. Internationally famous classical musicians and popular artists such as Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Whitney Houston, Blur and Sting, choose SSL equipment to extend their creativity and ensure the highest possible quality of their finished product. No wonder that SSL recording consoles are the first choice of leading producers, and are found in the most prestigious recording studios around the world. Independent post production companies working for multinational advertising agencies use SSL equipment to produce global advertising campaigns for the world's leading commercial brands. Long-form video and major TV productions benefit from the unique qualities of SSL products the world over. Leading national and international broadcasters have similarly embraced the company's innovative technology to streamline operations and ensure high quality output. The client list reads like a who's who in Radio and Television. It includes BBC UK, NHK Japan, ABC USA, Fox USA, NBC USA, CBS USA, NDR Germany, Swedish Television, RAI Italy and NOB Netherlands. SSL employs over 160 people worldwide. Home to the most sophisticated and comprehensive audio demonstration facilities in the world, SSL's Oxford headquarters also house a purpose built training facility where future generations of operators are prepared to fully exploit the technological and creative advantages offered by SSL equipment. SSL is characterised both by its substantial Research and Development resource and a global commitment to customer support and service. Such assurance is extended via SSL's regional offices in Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris and Tokyo, with additional support provided by an international network of highly qualified distributors. The key to the company's success lies in its products; powerful and innovative proprietary technology is used to create dedicated solutions for the recording and manipulation of sound in highly demanding environments. In conditions where sonic purity cannot be compromised against the inevitable demands of high workloads, and where dauntingly inflexible deadlines are accepted as the norm, SSL equipment is synonymous with reliability and excellence.