SSL Nucleus 2 DAW Controller - music gear review

Music Gear Review: SSL Nucleus 2 DAW Controller

The Nucleus 2 Controller is the latest version of SSL’s successful professional DAW controller, audio interface and studio monitoring facilities. Professional in-the-box producers who require control over multiple DAW’s, high-quality SSL microphone pre-amps, plus studio monitoring will find Nucleus 2 more powerful than ever. It retains the essence of Nucleus 1 with 16 high-quality motorized faders, metal chassis, big jog wheel, heavy-duty transport buttons and the ability to switch between and control three different DAW’s simultaneously.

The fresh new white look of Nucleus 2 goes with the new features and upgrades such as: full talkback facilities with a large talk button, switchable -20dB dim monitoring level mode, main and mini-monitor switching, and full Dante connectivity replaces the USB sound card.

Having Dante connectivity makes Nucleus 2 future-proof and able to work well in large multi-space studio complexes by using audio over IP networking technology that facilitates low latency audio sharing between multiple studios and/or computer systems. Solid-State-Logic’s Nucleus 2 sells for $5,669.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com