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SSL DAW Control Setup



We’ve already explained how to change the SSL to the DAW 2 setting, allowing it to control Logic, Nuendo or Ableton Live. However, you might on occasion navigate to SSL>DAW and find that DAW 1 is the only option available. If the SSL’s MIDI control is set to connect via its MIDI ports, you will only be able to use its HUI capabilities with Pro Tools.  If the SSL connects via the network, it can be used as a Pro Tools controller (DAW 1), and also control other software via the DAW 2 option. Here’s what you need to do to restore DAW 2 and access the SSL’s HUI capabilities for your chosen software.



The SSL screen has two rows of blocks at the bottom, which correspond to the two rows of grey buttons below the four pots. Select SSL>Misc>Setup.




Scroll through the Setup menu using the left-hand pot, until you get to MIDI connects via. To edit this setting, push down the left-hand pot, which will then let you scroll through the parameters.



Set MIDI connects via to Network and then push down on the pot to come back to the previous layer of the menu. The desk needs a reboot to complete the process.



Hold down the Restart button (second from the right, just below the row of pots) and a Confirm option will appear for the right hand button. Keep Restart held down and hit Confirm.


The desk will restart  and bring you back to the main menu. If you navigate to SSL>DAW you will see a DAW 2 option.



Head back to the setup menu by selecting SSL>Misc>Setup. Now scroll down until you see DAW 1 and DAW 2. DAW 1 should be set to Pro Tools. Select DAW 2 as before by clicking the left hand pot to select it, and then navigate to the DAW you want to use. In this case, I’m using Logic.



Now when you navigate to SSL>DAW on the menu, you will see the DAW 2 option. The SSL will show up as a Mackie Control Surface within your DAW. Make sure you have this selected as your MIDI controller.


Please remember to reset the desk to DAW 1 after your session. Have fun!



Default AES Loom Configuration




There’s a second AES loom patched into the digital patchbay now, which should make routing through the Myteks to the Lynx card a lot easier. Here’s the default configuration – please reset this at the end of your session!


  • Loom 1: Mytek ‘A’ AES outs 1-8 patched to Lynx ‘A’ AES inputs 1-8 & Middle Blue Mytek ‘B’ AES outs 1-8 patched to Lynx ‘B’ AES inputs 1-8 [Mytek outputs to Lynx Inputs]
  • Loom 2: Lynx ‘A’ AES outputs 1-8 patched to Mytek ‘A’ AES inputs 1-8 & Lynx ‘B’ AES outputs 1-8 patched to Mytek ‘B’ AES inputs 1-8 [Lynx outputs to Mytek Inputs]




Setting Up the Digital Patchbay for Recording


This is a quick guide to setting up the Reid Studio digital patchbay for recording into your chosen DAW.

In this setup, the blue Myteks receive clock from the Lynx card. To do this, open up the Lynx settings on the desktop.



Ensure the clock source on the left hand side is set to ‘internal’ and choose your sample rate. Once you change a setting, the card will recalibrate. When it displays ‘locked’ highlighted green, it has been set.



The blue Myteks are normalled to the direct outputs of the SSL. We just need to ensure that they are patched into the Lynx, and that the Lynx can send clock back to the Myteks. Your digital patchbay should look like this –



– Top blue Mytek outputs 1-8 are patched to Lynx ‘A’ AES inputs 1-8
– Middle blue Mytek outputs 1-8 are patched to Lynx ‘B’ AES inputs 1-8
– Lynx ‘A’ AES output 1 is patched to the top blue Mytek input 1 (sending clock and audio output 1-2 from your DAW)
– Lynx ‘B’ AES output 1 is patched to the middle blue Mytek input 1 (sending clock)

Here’s the settings for the blue Myteks –



– Both should be set to EXT clock sources AES/EBU to receive clock from the Lynx card.
– ADC source to digital out should be set to Analog.
– DAC source to analog out should be set to AES.

Now we are routing our analog audio channels 1-16 from the SSL desk into the Myteks, and then from there into the Lynx card.

Within your chosen DAW (I’m using Logic in this case), set your audio device to AES16e-SRC, which is the Lynx card.


You should now have audio recording into your DAW without any problems. If not, troubleshoot using these steps again!

To listen back to your stereo recording, you just need to route the Mytek output 1-2 back into the SSL desk. Remember, the Lynx card is already sending these channels back to the top Mytek via its first AES output, which sends the audio as well as clock. There’s just one more routing step to be done, but this time on the analog patchbay.



Route DAW outputs 1-2 to a pair of desk line inputs. It’s useful to use channel 23-24 on the SSL to separate your audio inputs from your DAW playback. Remember to flip the SSL channel inputs to ‘line’ too.

And now you’re ready to go. Have fun!


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