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SSL X-Desk Compact 16-Channel Desktop Mixer

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Sam Beattie

SSL are something of a household name in the music industry. Their iconic consoles have recorded some of the biggest records of the 20th and 21st centuries – quite an achievement.

In typical Solid State Logic fashion, the X-Desk offers stunning world-class audio performance and specs in a compact, practical package. Combining 8 SuperAnalogue channels with intuitive, comprehensive monitoring, sends, inserts and metering, it’s hard to find a fault with the X-Desk.

Key features

  • SuperAnalogue purity at the highest level
  • 8x dual input Mono Line channels: 16 channel mixdown
  • 8x Insert Send/Returns on channels
  • Stereo CUE and 2 Mono Auxiliary Sends
  • Cascade with X-Rack and other X-Desks for bigger systems
  • Talkback - for artist communication
  • Dim & Cut buttons
  • Independent Main and Alternate stereo monitor outputs
  • SSL Stereo Mix Buss with External summing and Inserts
  • 2x Stereo Returns with Level, Pan and Bus assignment
  • iJack front panel input for portable playback devices
  • High quality internal PSU
  • D-Sub Channel I/O connection for studio integration
  • 19" Rack mount ears included

Here’s what SSL say:

Built from the same SuperAnalogue DNA as our AWS, Duality and Matrix consoles, we are proud to deliver the X-Desk.

X-Desk brings benchmark audio performance to the compact mixer format, meeting the demand for a world class, compact SSL mixing desk. X-Desk combines a 16 channel SSL SuperAnalogue summing mixer with a compact analogue monitoring hub for your studio.

Small enough to be easily transported, X-Desk fulfills the essentials of the audio mixing process, with typical SSL attention to detail, including smooth 100mm faders, comprehensive artist & studio monitoring with Dim & Cut buttons, Stereo and Mono Aux sends, channel and Master Bus Inserts and accurate bar graph level metering.


  • Type: Analog
  • Channels: 8
  • Faders: 8 x 100mm
  • Inputs - Line: 1 x DB25 (Line), 1 x DB25 (Alt)
  • Inputs - Other: 1 x 1/8" (iJack)
  • Outputs - Main: 2 x XLR (Main), 2 x XLR (Alt)
  • Outputs - Direct: 1 x DB25 (CH 1-8)
  • Outputs - Other: 1 x DB25 (Centre: Mix, Cue, FX 1 &2)
  • Aux Sends: 2 x FX
  • Send/Return I/O: 1 x DB25 (Insert Send), 1 x DB25 (Insert Return), 1 x DB25 (Cen In: Mix, Cue, FX 1/2), 1 x DB25 (Cen Out: Mix, Cue, FX 1/2)
  • Busses/Groups: Cue/Mix
  • Channel Inserts: Yes
  • Headphones: 1 x 1/4"
  • Talkback: Yes
  • Rackmountable: Yes


  • Height: 4.75"
  • Width: 17.1" (19" w/Rack Ears)
  • Depth: 12.25"
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