Solid State Logic Launch PURE DRIVE QUAD and PURE DRIVE OCTO Microphone Preamplifiers

SSL Pure Drive Octo and Quad

Solid State Logic (SSL) is proud to announce the launch of two new 2U rack-based studio tools: the PURE DRIVE QUAD and PURE DRIVE OCTO microphone preamplifiers. These preamplifiers are available in 4-channel (QUAD) or 8-channel (OCTO) configurations, and both incorporate SSL’s SuperAnalogue PureDrive™ Technology, which was initially introduced by the company’s acclaimed ORIGIN recording console. Additionally, these units feature a newly introduced DRIVE mode, comprehensive analog and digital connectivity options and an integrated USB-C soundcard. SSL’s latest offerings represent some of the most feature-rich outboard microphone preamplifiers on the market, introducing a host of new sonic possibilities and workflows for the discerning producer and recording engineer.

Pure Drive Octo Microphone preamp
Pure Drive Octo

Key features

  • Four and eight channel high-performance PureDrive™ mic preamps
  • +48V phantom power, polarity invert and 3rd order hi-pass filter (sweepable on QUAD)
  • Stepped Gain control up to +65 dB Gain
  • 31-step Trim control, with precise 1 dB increments – overdrive the signal with the Gain control and then reduce to a suitable level using Trim.
  • 3 modes for each preamp – Clean, Classic Drive and Asymmetric Drive
  • Mic/Line Input Switching
    • Mic via XLR
    • Line via choice of TRS Jack or dedicated D-Sub connectivity
  • 4 x front panel Hi-Z/DI Instrument unbalanced inputs with automatic input detection
  • 4 mic preamp input impedance options – explore new tonal possibilities from your dynamic and ribbon microphones
  • Balanced analogue outputs/insert sends for external processing
  • +24 dBu professional line level insert returns/ADC inputs
  • Analogue to digital connectivity via ADAT, AES and USB – record to your DAW in the way that best suits you
  • Ability to switch ADAT and AES connections to source audio from DAW outputs (USB) instead of the A/D converter
  • Cascade 2 PURE DRIVE QUAD units via convenient ADAT LINK IN connection
  • USB soundcard mode
    • QUAD – 12 in / 12 out (@44.1/48 kHz) : 4 x analogue + 8 x ADAT in (via Link in) / 4 AES + 8 ADAT outs
    • OCTO – 8 in / 24 out (@44.1/48 kHz) : 8 x analogue / 8 AES + 16 ADAT outs
  • Stepped pots and digitally controlled analogue electronics for precision, stereo matching and ease of recall
  • Up to 192 kHz and 32-bit conversion, professional I/O levels (+24 dBu = 0 dBFS).
  • Selectable Auto-Sleep mode
  • Auto-ranging Wordclock In and Out

SSL’s new PURE DRIVE QUAD and OCTO preamplifiers are priced at £833/ $1399 / €1,229.00 (excluding VAT) and £1499 / $2499 / €1,829.00 (excluding VAT) respectively. For more information or to learn more, please visit SSL at AES NY 2023 [Booth 824] or the SSL product page at:


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