Channel Solo

The Solo buttons above the channel faders allow you to listen to the contents of that channel or bus on its own. Any number of channels can be placed in Solo simultaneously.

SSL Live consoles have two Solo buses and three Solo outputs, with either bus able to feed any output. This creates a high level of versatility in the way the Solo functions are configured; for example, the two Solo buses could be set up as pre-fade listen for input channels and in-ear-monitor mixes and post-fade sends for wedge mixes and the three outputs routed to headphones, in-ear-monitors and a wedge monitor, allowing either pre- or post-fade signals to be monitored on any Solo output.

There is full signal processing on the Solo output channels. Note, however, that Solo channels cannot be part of Mute Groups or VCA Groups, and cannot be routed to Stems, Auxiliaries and Masters.

To help distinguish between the Solo buses and Solo outputs, the buses are given letters (Solo A and Solo B) and associated functions are coloured yellow, whereas the output channels are given numbers (Solo 1, Solo 2 and Solo 3) and coloured purple.
These descriptions assume that the Solo outputs have been suitably routed. See Solo Output Channels section for details.

Here is an overview of the solo procedures: (They are described in full further down the page.)

The diagram below outlines the complete structure of the console's Solo facilities:

Channel Solo Assignments

To configure a channel's feeds to the Solo buses, open the Fader page of the channel's Detail dialogue:

Touch the Solo A button (towards the top left) to open a submenu of options for Solo bus A;

Select None to have no feed to Solo bus A, Bus Default to set the bus default feed, PreFader to feed the bus pre-fader, or PostAll to feed the bus after the fader and any other channel elements which have been placed after the fader.

Now repeat the process for Solo B.

Solo Buses A and B default feed points can be adjusted in Menu > Setup > Options > User tab.

New paths will be created with both Solo Bus feed points set to the Bus Default.

Note: The fader's position in the channel processing order is defined in the Eyeconix Detail page (See Processing Order for details).

Solo Output Routing

Solo channel outputs are routed in the usual way, using the Routing display accessed through the Solo channels' Detail Dialogue (Input/Routing page):

The headphone sockets under the arm rest are available for Solo listening:

The socket on the left side is hard-wired to Local I/O outputs A13 and A14 on the back of the console. Solo Channel 1's output is routed to these outputs in the SSL template showfiles.

The socket on the right side is hard-wired to Local I/O outputs A15 and A16. Solo Channel 2's output is routed to these outputs in the SSL template showfiles.

Solo Channel 3 has no default routing.

Note: You should avoid using an XLR output on the back of the console if you are also using the headphone socket which is hard-wired to it, as this will result in degraded audio performance. Note: See Tutorial: Routing for details of how to use the Route Out dialogue. Can't hear anything? Check that the Solo output channel's (1, 2 or 3) fader is up. You may also need to check the output routing for the Solo outputs. See Solo Output Channels.

Channel Solo Operation

To solo a channel, press the Solo button above the channel's fader – it will light, and the channel will be routed to the Solo buses as defined in the Fader Detail page (described above).

The way you press the button defines its latch mode:

If you press & hold the button, it will switch off when you lift your finger ('non-latching');

If you press and the button and don't hold it down, it will stay on when you lift your finger ('latching') – press it again to switch it off.

Note: The Solo button is also available within the Fader Quick Controls and Detail View page.

Each Solo bus can operate in either single or additive solo mode. In additive solo mode, press Solo on a number of channels to add them to the Solo mix. In single solo mode (also known as inter-cancelling or auto-cancelling solo), pressing a Solo button on one channel will clear the Solo on any other channels. See Setup: User Options for further details.

The Clear buttons in the Solo area of the Master Tile will light to indicate that at least one signal is routed to them. Press them to clear all routes to that Solo bus. If the Soloed channel is routed to both Solo buses, Clear-ing from one solo bus will also clear the channel from the other solo bus.

Solo In Place

The solo system can also operate in 'Solo In Place' (or SIP) mode, where the channel Solo buttons change function from sending that channel to the solo buses (standard operation), to listening to channels 'in place' of the main mix, by muting all other channels from the Master mix outputs (e.g. through the main PA). Since this is a 'destructive' operation, the Solo buttons become press & hold to turn on (but remain a short press to switch off). This mode is always additive, i.e. it is possible to SIP multiple channels simultaneously without each cancelling out the previous one.

Input Channels, Stems, Auxiliaries and Masters can all be soloed in SIP mode.

SIP mode is activated from the User Options page. See Setup: Console and User Options. SIP mode is indicated at the very top of the screen, towards the left-middle of the status bar with a flashing yellow 'S' icon when active.

SIP Isolate

Each path type listed above also has an SIP Isolate button, to prevent it from being muted when other channels are soloed in SIP mode. This can be useful to isolate effects channels or subgroups that you want to listen to in conjunction with the channel being soloed. SIP Isolate can be accessed from the Quick Controls by selecting the Fader Assign button in the Channel View and also from the Fader page of the Channel Detail dialogue.

Channel Component Solo Configuration (Misc Solo)

Some channel elements have their own solo functions, allowing you to hear, for example, the pre-trim input, or the key input of the compressor or gate.

The solo bus used for these solo signals is defined on a channel wide basis in the Eyeconix Detail dialogue, opened by double-tapping in the Eyeconix area at the base of the channel:

A dialogue similar to the below will appear:

The buttons down the left of the dialogue define which Detail page is displayed. If the Name, Eyeconix and Colour page isn't already selected, touch the channel Eyeconix area in the top left corner of the dialogue.
The Channel Scroller (near the top left corner) can be used to scroll the dialogue to a different channel.

Touch the Misc Solo: button on the right of the dialogue to open up a submenu of bus options;

Now select Solo A&B, Solo A, Solo B or None.