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by s. simmonds (8/20/2015):

A great strip. Sounds good, looks like the real thing... Wish it would map to midi like… Read more

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Overview

SSL E Series Channel Strip Plug-In

Exacting Circuit Emulation of Hit-Making SSL 4000 E Series Console Channel

The SSL 4000 is famous as the console employed on more Platinum-selling records than any other. With its wide range of VCA compression characteristics and intuitive EQ — rich with colorful band interdependencies — it’s easy to hear why. Today, working in close partnership with Solid State Logic®, UA proudly unveils the SSL E Series Channel Strip plug-in for UAD-2 — an exacting circuit emulation of this certified hit-making machine.

The SSL E Series Channel Strip plug-in allows UAD-2 users on Mac and PC to apply classic SSL 4000 EQ curves and dynamics control to their music. This unique plug-in is distinguished by its remarkably authentic sound, and its inclusion of both the Type E “black knob” and “brown knob” four-band EQ and filters, long considered favorites in SSL lineage. Other features include high and low cut filters, independent Expander/Gate, and bespoke Compressor/Limiter.

The E Series’ middle EQ bands are fully parametric, while the high and low bands provide the user with switchable bell or shelving filters. The Comp/Limiter provides Threshold, fast or slow Attack time, a .1 to 4 sec Release, and a continuously variable Ratio control. The Exp/Gate offers Threshold, fast or slow Attack time, a .1 to 4 sec Release time, and a Range control to tailor the Gate or Expansion effect. In addition, the SSL E Series Channel Strip plug-in adds a second Gate setting, featuring a “no-chatter” circuit borrowed from later SSL designs.

For increased flexibility, a PRE-DYN button allows users to reorder the signal chain, placing the EQ before the dynamics section. With the DYN-SC button, users may engage a sidechain feature, providing frequency-dependent compression using the EQ filters, cut filters, or both. Lastly, a Link button adds the ability to link or unlink the sidechain when using the stereo version of the plug-in.

Taken together, these features make the SSL E Series plug-in for UAD-2 among the most flexible and best-sounding channel strip emulations available today, bar none.

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  • Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    “The UAD SSL plug-ins are pretty amazing! I use the compressor just as I would on an analog desk, attaining the same results.”

    Hector Delgado

    (Jay-Z, Ledisi)

    "On Vocals, I always use an LA-2A to a SSL E Series Channel Strip to an 1176LN to a Precision De-Esser. They're amazing."

    Ariel Borujow

    (P-Diddy, TI, Black Eyed Peas)

    "Since i jumped to mixing in the box i've been looking for that perfect SSL sound ... With the UAD SSL E Series Channel Strip i've found it!"

    Frederick Norén

    (Sound on Sound)

    "[With the SSL E & G Series] Universal Audio have set a new standard for analogue emulation in software."

    (Computer Music UK)

    "Sonically, the EQ works great for subtle enhancement of guitars, heavy EQing of drums, and plenty in between."

  • (MusicRadar.com)

    "Great-sounding SSL emulation. Simple, familiar interface. Useful routing options."

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    SSL E Series channel
    by s. simmonds(Thursday 20 August, 2015)

    A great strip. Sounds good, looks like the real thing... Wish it would map to midi like the Harrison strip Read More

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    by . (Sunday 14 June, 2015)

    I have several eq and compression plug ins from uad. My first go to is in all cases the ssl channel strip. If I need something special I bring on different stuff, but this is really an amazing starting point and in most cases my final solution. The compression and gate are very handy. The eq… Read More

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    by J. Flynn(Thursday 11 June, 2015)

    This is a HELL to pay the captain! Make no mistake about UA is the best at what they do! This plugin version of the SSL E channel Is dead on, and the day UA add unison to this SSL plugin ITS LIGHTS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More

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    SSL at its best!
    by J. Flynn(Thursday 11 June, 2015)

    UA along with SSL knocked this plugin right out of the park I have been on countless sessions with the SSL 4000E This is scary good! In tandem with the compressor this is an amazing Duo Batman and superman, no question this is a must purchase!!!!! Read More

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    Love this E series channel strip
    by M. Danielson(Thursday 5 March, 2015)

    I love this plugin. It has much of the clarity and character I'd find in the hardware equivalent. I too wish it was unison tech, but am stoked to have the 1073 as a unison pre. I have very little noise floor, and plenty of headroom, and the ability to put dynamics pre or post eq makes my… Read More

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Artists
  • Neil Mclellan

    In co-producing and mixing The Prodigy’s powerfully aggressive new album, The Day Is My Enemy, Neil Mclellan adds another international hit to his star-studded resume. Here, he shares his thoughts on crafting with compression, hardware/software comparisons, and what it takes to be the “cream”… Read More

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    Neal Cappellino on mixing Brad Paisley

    Grammy-winning engineer Neal Cappellino has recorded and mixed hits for Nashville's biggest stars. Read More

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  • Nashville Producer Jay Joyce Brings the Rock Edge

    Producer, engineer, and musician Jay Joyce has developed a thriving career in both the rock and country recording scenes. Read More

    Noel Hogan's Production Renaissance

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    Audio Legend Joe Chiccarelli

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  • Andrew Scheps on Engineering the Chili Peppers

    Andrew Scheps’ engineering and mixing credits read like a who’s who of popular music. Read More

    Jason Schweitzer On Mixing With UA Gear for Snoop

    GRAMMY®-winning mixer and recording engineer Jason Schweitzer on developing artful ears. Read More

    Miles Walker

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Features & Specs

SSL E Series Channel Strip Plug-In

Features:

  • Authentic SSL 4000 E Series Channel Strip plug-in for Mac and PC
  • Developed and voiced in close partnership with Solid State Logic
  • Exacting circuit emulation of both Type E “black” and “brown” knob channel EQ and filters
  • Flexible VCA Compressor range, from transparent to “in your face”
  • Highly responsive Gate including “no-chatter” mode derived from later SSL designs
  • PRE-DYN swaps EQ and Dynamics routing; DYN-SC places EQ or Filters in Dynamics sidechain
  • Input and Output Gain with LED I/O metering, 180º Phase Reverse, Stereo Link/Unlink
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

Parameters:
Cut Filters (Black)

  • 12 dB per octave Low Pass Filter Frequency 22KHz to 3KHz, Out
  • 18 dB per octave High Pass Filter Frequency 16Hz to 350Hz, Out
  • DYN SC On/Off moves the Cut Filters to the Dynamics Side-Chain signal path
  • Full CCW knob position bypasses each filter

Cut Filters (Brown)

  • 12 dB per octave Low Pass Filter Frequency 16KHz to 3KHz, Out
  • 12 dB per octave High Pass Filter Frequency 20Hz to 350Hz, Out
  • DYN SC On/Off moves the Cut Filters to the Dynamics Side-Chain signal path
  • Full CCW knob position bypasses each filter

EQ Filters (Black)

  • HF Filter Frequency 1.5KHz to 16KHz
  • HF Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • HF Filter Type Shelf or Bell
  • HF Bell Filter Q 1.3
  • HMF Bell Filter Frequency 0.6KHz to 7KHz
  • HMF Bell Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • HMF Bell Filter Q .5 to 2.5
  • LMF Bell Filter Frequency 0.2KHz to 2.5KHz
  • LMF Bell Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • LMF Bell Filter Q .5 to 2.5
  • LF Filter Frequency 30Hz to 450Hz
  • LF Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • LF Filter Type Shelf or Bell
  • LF Bell Filter Q 1.3

EQ Filters (Brown)

  • HF Filter Frequency 1.5KHz to 16KHz
  • HF Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • HF Filter Type Shelf or Bell
  • HF Bell Filter Q .8
  • HMF Bell Filter Frequency 0.6KHz to 7KHz
  • HMF Bell Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • HMF Bell Filter Q .5 to 2.5
  • LMF Bell Filter Frequency 0.2KHz to 2.5KHz
  • LMF Bell Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • LMF Bell Filter Q .5 to 2.5
  • LF Filter Frequency 30Hz to 450Hz
  • LF Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • LF Filter Type Shelf or Bell
  • LF Bell Filter Q .8
  • EQ IN engages EQ
  • EQ Select switches between SSL Black and Brown EQ types
  • DYN SC On/Off Moves the EQ to the Dynamics Side-Chain signal path
  • PRE DYN places the EQ before the Dynamics

Dynamics

  • Compressor Ratio 1:1 to Infinity:1
  • Compressor Threshold +10dBu to -20dBu
  • Compressor Release 0.1s to 4s
  • Compressor Fast Attack On/Off with Pull Control, 30ms slow/3ms fast
  • Expander/Gate Range 0dB to 40dB
  • Expander/Gate Threshold -30dBu to +10dBu
  • Expander/Gate Release 0.1s to 4s
  • Expander/Gate Fast Attack On/Off with Pull Control, 1.5ms slow/100 µs fast
  • Expand/Gate Select cycles Expander and two Gate modes (EX,G1,G2)
  • Attenuation Meters 3dB to 20dB
  • LINK engages stereo linking of left/right sidechain elements
  • DYN IN engages Dynamics
  • CMP IN engages Compressor/Limiter
  • EXP IN engages Expand/Gate

Gain/Meters/Phase/Power

  • Input Gain -20dBu to +20dBu
  • LED Input and Output Meters with Peak Hold
  • Phase Reverse On/Off
  • Output Gain -20dBu to +20dBu
  • Bypass In/Out
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Docs

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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