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:

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: Console and 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.