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Solid State Logic Begbroke, Oxford, England OX5 1RU +44 (0)1865 842300320 West 46th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10036, USA +1 (1) 212 315 1111 3700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 720, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA +1 (1) 213 249 9229 3-55-14 Sendagaya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 151-0051, Japan +81 (0)3 5474 1144 7 bis, rue de la Victoire, le Blanc Mesnil, Paris 93150, France +33 (0)1 48 67 84 85 Via Timavo 34, 20124 Milano, Italy +39 (0)39 2328 094 Visit SSL at 82BA1M01B Solid State Logic All Rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions Solid State Logic, SSL, AWS 900, AWS 900+ SE, AWS 924, AWS 948 and Total Recall are trademarks of Solid State Logic All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, whether mechanical or electronic, without the written permission of Solid State Logic, Oxford, England

Initial release (1A) October 2010 Added console dimensions to Appendices (1A) November 2010 UL clarification of power connection, specifications and termination (1B) January 2011

As research and development is a continual process, Solid State Logic reserves the right to change the features and specifications described herein without notice or obligation. E&OE


This section contains definitions, warnings, and practical information necessary to ensure a safe working environment. Please take time to read this section before installing or using your AWS. Please do not dispose of these instructions.


The following symbols may be used in this section and elsewhere in this manual: General Hazard (refer to User or Service Instructions for details) Electrical Hazard

General Safety

Read these instructions. Keep these instructions. Heed all warnings. Follow all instructions. Do not use this apparatus near water. Do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture. Clean only with dry cloth. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. Ensure that this apparatus is positioned on a secure level surface. Ensure that no strain is placed on the cables connecting to this apparatus. Ensure also that such cables are not placed where they can be stepped on, pinched, pulled or tripped over in any way. Refer all servicing to qualified personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally or has been dropped. Adjustments or alterations to this apparatus may affect the performance such that safety and/or international compliance standards may no longer be met. This apparatus is equipped with a headphone socket excessive sound pressure from earphones and headphones can cause hearing loss. This apparatus is designed for use solely by engineers and competent operators skilled in the use of professional audio equipment.

CautionThe AWS console is too heavy for one person to lift. If covers or panels are removed for any reason, sharp edges may be present on exposed metalwork. To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not perform any servicing unless you are qualified to do so.

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Power Safety This apparatus includes a universal power supply; approved and certified for operation in this apparatus. The appliance coupler shall remain readily operable. An external disconnect device is required for this apparatus. The appliance coupler is a suitable disconnect device.

Use only the Solid State Logic provided power cords. Use of any other power cord is not covered by your warranty and may cause fire or explosion. The power cord must be earthed and precautions should be made so that the grounding is not defeated.

Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarised or grounding-type plugs fitted to the power cords. A polarised plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet. To ensure safe operation of this apparatus, connect only to an ac. power source that contains a protective earthing (PE) conductor. This apparatus is designed for connection to single phase supplies with the neutral conductor at earth potential category TN or TT and is fitted with a protective fuse in the live conductor only. This apparatus is not designed for use with live and neutral connections reversed or where the neutral conductor is not at earth potential (IT supplies). This apparatus should not be connected to a power system that switches open the return (neutral) lead when the return lead also functions as the protective earth (PE).

Unplug this apparatus during an electrical storm or when unused for long periods of time. Do not operate this apparatus whilst it is covered or boxed in any way.

If an extension power cable or adaptor is used, ensure that the total power rating of the power cable and/or adaptor is not exceeded.

The current requirement for this apparatus can be found in Appendix A of this manual.

An external over-current protection device is required to protect the wiring to this apparatus which must be installed according to current wiring regulations. In certain countries this function is supplied by use of a fused plug. In other cases a fused spur or circuit breaker should be used according to local practice.

Do not permit anyone to remove panels or covers from this apparatus, other than qualified service personnel.

Disconnect the power cord before removing any panels. The power switch alone does not provide adequate isolation for service access. Do not permit anyone other than qualified service personnel to operate this apparatus unless all panels and covers are in place.

To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not perform any servicing unless you are qualified to do so.

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CautionWhen installing or servicing any item of SSL equipment with power applied, when cover panels are removed: HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS CAN EXIST! These hazards include:

High energy stored in capacitors High currents available from DC power busses Hot component surfaces High voltages

To reduce the risk of fire, replace internal fuses only with identical type and rating.

FCC Notice

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is used in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

Disposal of WEEE by Users in the European Union

The symbol shown here is on the product or on its packaging, which indicates that this product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is the users responsibility to dispose of their waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city office, your household waste disposal service or where you purchased the product.

Standards Conformance

This apparatus fully conforms with the current protection requirements of the European community council directives on EMC and LVD.

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MANUAL INDEX switch 0dB Function key 1 / 2 switches 10db Function key 48V switch 80Hz Function Key 85dB Function Key A-FADA Analogue Automation A2B Function Key About tab (Remote) AC Function Key AFL Function Key Air Conditioning AL Function Key ALF Function Key ALL Function key ALS Function Key ALT Function Key ALT/EFX SEL Anl Function key AR Function Key ARS Function Key Attaching the legs Audio Connections Auto Scan (TR) AUTO-M Automation (HUI) Automation (console) AutoTakeover (Automation) AWS Remote balance BASS Function Key Bass Management BMA Function Key BMB Function Key BMN Function Key bus inject 3-6 3-15 3-6 3-27 3-6 3-18 3-20 4-5 3-18 5-15 3-19 3-20 1-1 3-19 3-19 3-3, 3-15 3-19 3-20 3-9, 3-10 3-27 3-19 3-19 1-3 1-5 6-5 3-4 4-29 7-1 7-14 5-1 3-11 3-18 3-18 3-18 3-18 3-18 3-23

Introduction Cable Ducting CAL Function Key Centre Section Chan (TR) Channel Banking Channel Display Channel Fader (HUI) Channel Modes (948) channel output Channel Selection Channels tab (Remote) Chinagraph CHOP EFX CHOP PRE/EFX CmFb (TR) Communications Comp