slateboy Are you only looking for SSL 4000E/G series or also the more current lineup of consoles?
More of that “80s di sound” doesnt matter if new or old. Like when strats were plugged directly into the console. I did read about nile rodgers appearing on some tracks where he would di his amp (bypassing the power-amp and speaker) getting some ultra clean sounds but tamed the highs and harshness through the console strip, probably with the desk eq and dynamics.
I can emulate similar using daw plugins but there is a character delivered by those high-end desks that adds the x-factor.