I was sick of seeing super-slick, anodised and knurled looking batman style interfaces. For that reason, the SSL 2 stood out to me as being no-nonsense and has a really refreshing look with those industry style knobs and spacious top panel. It fits comfortably next to my MacBook Pro and also works fine through my powered USB3 hub.
I’ve left the 4k switched on for all recording, It is super crisp and really lifts the vocal. I’ve been so happy with the audio straight out that I don’t even EQ the audio… shocking I know!
I really enjoy the simple method for the headphone monitor mix, you simply mix between ‘input’ (whatever you are recording through the SSL 2) and ‘USB’ (whatever you’ve got coming back in from your DAW/Mac).
The inputs and outputs are well made and I love the Spinal Tap reference with the Monitor level maxing out at 11 rather than 10.
I can’t see anything else for similar money matching up to the SSL 2 for my needs. It is well built, looks the business, simple interface, sounds great and finally comes from incredible heritage.