It’s been some time since SSL has released something that’s made our eyes pop. But the Nucleus2 is certainly worth the wait. The DAW controller, audio interface, and monitoring hub makes a comeback in a new shade of white, with some suitable additions under the hood.
One of these key additions is a Talkback input with adjustable gain that feeds the headphone output. A large Talk button is added near the transport controls and the talk circuit can trigger a switchable -20dB Dim in the monitor inputs if you want it to. Another response to customer feedback is the addition of a second set of speaker outputs, and a Mini monitor button for mix-checking.
Nucleus’ USB soundcard has been replaced with a new SSL Dante network I/O interface. Nucleus2 has a built-in switch with two Ethernet ports — one for your computer and another for adding other Dante devices to your setup.
All the good stuff from the original Nucleus remains — two banks of eight motorised faders, metal chassis, big weighty jog wheel, heavy duty transport buttons, the ability to control three DAWs simultaneously, and the ‘Made in UK’ badge.