THD Labs | Tangerine Automation System

SSL automation interface | mix automation


The Tangerine Automation Interface is the first product in our line of automation interfaces. It is designed for the sought after SSL® analog audio console. This analog classic console as one of the best integrated mix automation system. As years have past, its proprietary automation computer as become obsolete.

Instead of redesigning a complete dedicated automation system, we designed an interface that uses some of the most common digital communication protocols (midi, USB and ethernet) and the latest automation advancements in popular DAW software. This allows for a choice of computer platforms, a minimized learning curve, while providing an integrated production environment where audio source, mix automation data are combine in one project.
The Tangerine Automation Interface is a modular customizable system designed around “8 channels” sub modules.

The TAI-2RU-xx can hold up to 96 VCA or ULTIMATION automation channels in a 2U rack-mount unit. It replaces the existing SSL computer in the machine room and re-uses the previous installed SSL ribbon cables. Fan less and silent, the rack unit can also be installed in the control room near the console.  It the internal and external accessory ports add expended functionalities with the following options.


Saves complete “snapshots” data files of all your SSL E/G channels potentiometers and switches. The snapshots data files can later be loaded to manually match the channels potentiometers and switches to the original snapshot position. This option offers the same functions has SSL® Total Recall with better resolution, faster response. With added benefits of “WWW” access from any devices on your wired or WIFI network.NOTE: Not all SSL console where equipped with recall multiplexers PCBs installed, please check that you console as the needed multiplixer PCBs for this option.

Keyboard Decoder:
Brings back life to the SSL E/G centre section keyboard and transport keys. Allows direct acces to global automation functions and modes. Supports DAW transport remote control, including markers and locate points.

(Currently in design) Motorized FADERS pack:
We are currently designing a 8 motorized faders bank to replace the center VCA fader section. This option, while give remote access of any automated faders from the SSL’s centre section (the sweet spot). It while give real-time visual feedback of faders positions. The VCA groups will still be active even if the faders are used for other functions.

  • Modular interface configuration can be defined to match channel count.

  • From 8 to 96 channels of SSL® VCA and ULTIMATION compatible voltage I/O’s.

  • Uses your DAW as the automation software.

  • INJEKTOR AAX/AU/VST plugin, REAPER/SSL, HUI, HUI hybrid modes allows adapted DAW workflow.

  • « write » resolution: 10 bits (1024 steps)

  • « read » resolution 12 bits (4096 steps)

  • +/- 0.1 db precision in the +10/-30db fader range

  • Control and automate FADER and CUTS.

  • Null fader function with « abs/trim » LEDs to match actual fader position.

  • Support for «TRIM» and «ABSOLUTE» modes.

  • Global or multiple channels « auto » mode select from status switches.

  • Choose to automate the Master fader or Group #8 via setup page

  • User defined, «on stop, goto selected automation mode after write » READ/LATCH/SAME.

  • Use SSL faders to control virtual controller in DAW.

  • HUI® and “custom” mapping protocol.

  • High performance multi processors modular design.

  • Silent, fan less, low power (34 Watts).

  • Can be installed in the controle room or under console (short 4x flat cables, 1x longer USB…)

  • All lead free, RoHS components.

  • 2U rack-mount case.


  • Recall-IT Option : Recall of all controls and switches to DAW midi track with built-in web server to WWW graphic interface.

  • Keyboard option: Decodes the SSL centre section keyboard for daw/automation/transport control

  • High quality motorized 8 faders pack (available soon)