Solo

Just like most other paths in the console, 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 or Masters.

Note: The number of Solo Output channels is fixed, and is in addition to the main 'Paths' capacity of the console. There are no Dry Solo Channels. (see the Channels and Paths Tutorial)

This page describes the features available in the Solo Output channels. The operation of routing signal to the Solo Outputs from within the console are covered elsewhere in the Help system, however an overview of this procedure is described below:

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

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.

Default Solo Source

Each of the three Solo output channels can be configured to receive a default input source when no other source is being soloed. This can be any source within the console; the main mix output, a lead vocal channel or a certain monitor mix etc.

The default solo source is independent for each Solo output channel. Use the Routing display accessed from the Route Default Input button on the right hand side of each Solo channel's Detail Dialogue (Input/Routing page):

Ensure that Default Input is selected in the Solo Source Select section of the Input/Routing Detail page.

If not in Broadcast Solo Mode (see below), the Solo Bus assigned to the Solo Channel will control the level of the default solo source in the Solo Channel, so level and mute control is available from the Solo Bus controls on the Master Tile. Deassigning both Solo Buses from the Solo Channel will mute the external input.

Note: If both Solo Buses are assigned to the same Solo Channel, both Solo Buses will control the level of the default solo source in parallel for that Solo Channel.

External Inputs

Similar to the Default Solo Source section described above, an additional six inputs may be injected into the Solo Channel for monitoring of mixes, program outputs etc.
Each external input can be routed using the Route External Inputs buttons to the right of the Solo Channel's Input/Routing Detail page.

Select Ext Input in the Solo Source Select section to the left of the same page, then use the Ext 1 - Ext 6 buttons above it to select which external input is being monitored. The LED bars will light green if the input has been routed to a source.

Select Sum Both to listen to the external input and default source together.

The External source selectors are also available on the Channel Control Tile small screen, in the Solo Channel's Fader TB section.

If not in Broadcast Solo Mode (see below), the Solo Bus assigned to the Solo Channel will control the level of the external input in the Solo Channel, so level and mute control is available from the Solo Bus controls on the Master Tile. Deassigning both Solo Buses from the Solo Channel will mute the external input.

Input Solo Priority

Input Solo Priority allows Channel Solos to temporarily override Stem and Aux solos.

When the user solos a Stem or Aux, followed by one or more channels, the bus Solo is temporarily overridden. When the channel Solos are cleared, the bus will be soloed again.

To turn on Input Solo Priority go to MENU > Setup > Options > USER tab. In the SOLO SETUP section to the left, tap Input Solo Priority to engage it.

Now press the SOLO button on a Stem or an Aux. The Stem/Aux's signal will be sent to the solo buses. The bus' SOLO button will turn yellow to indicate this.

Now press SOLO on a Channel. Only the Channel's signal will be sent to the solo buses. The Channel's SOLO button will turn yellow to indicate this. The Stem/Aux's SOLO button will turn orange to indicate that it was the most recently soloed bus.

Press the Channel's SOLO button again to un-solo it, and the Stem/Aux will be soloed again. The Stem/Aux's signal will go to the SOLO buses again and the Stem/Aux's SOLO button has turned yellow to indicate this.

Press the Stem Aux's SOLO button again to clear the Solo.

The Solo CLEAR button on the Master Tile can be used to clear solos in Input Solo Priority. When Input Solo Priority is engaged the CLEAR button will clear the most recent solo. So if a bus is soloed, then a Channel is soloed, the CLEAR button will need to be pressed twice to clear both solos.

Notes:
To use Input Solo Priority with Solo in Place , first solo the bus using the SOLO button on the Fader Tile. Now solo the channel using the SOLO buttons on the Main Screen in the Fader section of the Channel View or Detail View.

To turn off Input Solo Priority return to MENU > Setup > Options > USER tab and tap Input Solo Priority again to disengage it.

Follow Pan Options for Solo Sends

The Follow Pan Solo option controls whether signal that feeds the Solo Buses follows the pan of the path.

Notes:
Panning from SSL Live console paths can be configured for each send individually. For this reason, the panner is not part of the fader in the signal chain, and therefore sending to a Bus Post Fader does not also mean Post Pan.

To adjust the Follow Pan settings go to MENU > Setup > Options > USER tab.

In the SOLO SETUP section to the left are two buttons: Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends and Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends.

Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends affects all Pre Fader sends to the Solo Buses. Engaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends means for Pre Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be followed. Disengaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends means for Pre Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be ignored. The signal will be sent to the Solo Bus using the default Folddown settings. These are adjustable in MENU > Setup > Options > SYSTEM tab.

For example, Channel 1 is mono, and is feeding to Solo Bus A Pre Fader. Solo Bus A is sending to Solo Channel 1, which is stereo. Channel 1 is panned hard left. Engaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends will mean the signal is sent to Solo Channel 1 hard left. Disengaging Follow Pan: Pre Fader Sends will mean the signal is sent to Solo Channel 1 centre.

Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends works in the same way as its Pre Fader equivalent. Engaging Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends means for Post Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be followed. Disengaging Follow Pan: Post Fader Sends means for Post Fader sends to the Solo Buses, the path's main Pan will be ignored. The signal will be sent to the Solo Bus using the default Folddown settings.

Broadcast Solo Mode

When activated (see Setup: Console and User Options), the functions of the Solo channels are reconfigured so that the outputs can be used as traditional monitor outputs feeding a mono, stereo, or 5.1 speaker setup according to the Solo Channel format.

The Solo Channel output level is controlled directly from the Solo Channel Fader, which becomes the main Monitor level control. The Solo A and Solo B controls on the Master Tile continue to trim the level of their respective Solo Buses when routed to a Solo Channel and a path Solo is active. However, the Solo A and B controls no longer affect the level of the default monitor source assigned to a Solo Channel and there is no requirement to route a Solo Bus to a Solo Channel in order to hear the default or external inputs.

A Solo Channel DIM function has been added, controlled by the Solo Channel's Solo button (labelled Solo/Dim on the Master Tile's Main Fader). Dim level can be set from 0 to -40dB, from the Solo Channel Fader section, either from the touch screen or the Channel Control Tile via the Fader TB button.

It is also possible to control the Dim remotely using the console's GPI ports. GPI 1, 3 and 5 will control the Dim for Solo Channels 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Similarly, GPI's 2, 4 and 6 will toggle the Mute for Solo Channels 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

If a separate solo speaker is in use, the main monitor feed can be dimmed when a path Solo is active using the Auto Dim function. This is also enabled from the Solo Channel Fader section.

The default configuration is for all paths to route Post All processing to Solo Bus A and Pre Fader to Solo Bus B. Solo Buses A and B feed Solo Outputs 1 and 2 respectively by default. So, for example, route Solo Channel 1 to a set of stereo Monitors and Solo Channel 2 to a dedicated 'PFL' speaker. The Default Input for Solo Channel 1 could be set to the main mix output. This would be overridden by soloing a path.

Engage the Auto Dim button in Solo Channel 1's Fader Detail page. This will automatically dim the output to the main Monitor outputs from Solo Channel 1 whenever a path is soloed to the 'PFL' output from Solo Channel 2 (fed from Solo Bus B).

See also the Monitoring modules available in the Effects Rack.