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4.6 out of 5 stars

by M. Daniele (3/3/2014):

Since I have it, I never left a track without. I never had the chance to deal with the original ... Read more

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Overview

UAD 4K Channel Strip Plug-In

Exacting Circuit Emulation of Hit-Making SSL 4000 G+* Console Channel

The SSL 4000* is famous as the console behind more platinum records than any other. With its wide range of transparent to in-your-face VCA compression characteristics and its intuitive EQ rich with colorful band interdependencies, the UAD 4K Channel Strip emulates the console channel from the 4000* in all its hit-making glory. The UAD 4K Channel Strip is an exacting circuit emulation of the 4000 G+* complete with the Type E “black knob” four-band EQ and filters widely held to be the favorite in SSL’s signal processing lineage.

A broad range of features compliment the UAD 4K Channel Strip: high and low cut filters, independent Expander/Gate and Compressor/Limiter features, plus the famous Type E four-band EQ. The middle EQ bands are fully parametric, while the high and low bands provide the user with switchable bell or shelving filters. The Limit/Comp provides Threshold, a fixed fast or slow Attack time, a .1 to 4s Release, and a continuously variable Ratio control. The Gate/Exp provides Threshold, a fixed fast or slow Attack time, a .1 to 4s Release and Range to tailor the Gate or Expansion effect. In addition, the UAD 4K Channel Strip adds a second Gate setting which incorporates a “no-chatter” Gate circuit borrowed from later SSL designs.

Additionally, the user may engage the PRE-DYN button to reorder the signal chain so that the EQ is before the dynamics section. With the DYN-SC button, the user may engage a sidechain feature to achieve frequency-dependent compression using either the EQ or cut filters or both. Lastly, the Link button adds the ability to have the sidechain linked or unlinked when using the stereo version of the plug-in.

*UAD, UAD-1, UAD-2 and UAD 4K are trademarks of Universal Audio, Inc. All other names are trademarks of Solid State Logic, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Universal Audio, Inc. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose circuits and sounds were studied during the sound development of the UAD 4K products. Use of third party trademarks are for informational purposes only and do not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of Universal Audio’s products.


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  • Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music UK)

    "If you're an existing UAD owner, these come heartily endorsed but if not, it could be time to reconsider your stance."

    Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music UK)

    "The [UAD 4K] offers a faithful recreation of the G+ series, with discrete EQ, Filter, compressor and expander."

    Just Blaze

    (Jay-Z, Snoop, Kanye West)

    “I have an SSL 4000. So for me [UAD 4K plug-ins] are just perfect, because the curves translate so accurately."

    Ryan West

    (Kanye West, T.I., T-Pain)

    "I was delighted ... I was immediately able to dial in [UAD 4K] EQ settings that have that famous musical curve."

    Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music UK)

    "The whole [UAD 4k] strip is the stuff of production dreams. The sound is warm and tight"

  • Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music UK)

    "I was wondering whether the sound of a classic could be recreated in the box. The answer [UAD 4K] is a convincing yes."

    Jeff Balding

    (Faith Hill)

    "I was immediately impressed with how open it [UAD 4K Channel Strip] sounded compared to the 4K plug-in I had been using."

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    by M. Daniele (Monday 1 March, 2010)

    Since I have it, I never left a track without. I never had the chance to deal with the original gear, but I can say this plugin can turn any DAW into an absolutely high standard "virtual" console, bringing to new life every track. I unconditionally love its sound. … Read More

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    by R. Masters (Monday 2 November, 2009)

    This is an excellent plug-in especially if you have the uad 2 quad core because you can put it on every track. www.myspace.com/sillyrobin … Read More

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    by R. Boer (Wednesday 14 October, 2009)

    This channel strip is awesome! I loaded up a project which I have been working on, and put this bad boy on the drums, distorted guitars, and vocals. In every instance I was blown away by how full the sound was. This strips compressor and gate are also super easy to dial in. The EQ is smooth and musi … Read More

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    by J. Hohmann (Monday 6 April, 2009)

    I have compared it to a SSL XLogic Channel. I know, that Universal Audio modeled a different Hardware, but you still hear a difference in sound. The real hardware reacts much faster and better than the software. You just turn the knobs of the XLogic Channel slightly and you hear direct and clear, wh … Read More

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    by D. Craighead (Friday 27 March, 2009)

    Wow, this is the perfect Channelstrip. Again i do not know how close it can get to the original one but the eq for example is much more "precise" and not as whoomy as the neve88RS. Also the Compressor section can be tuned in much more aggressive than 88RS. But that may depend on the music you make w … Read More


Artists
  • Jason Schweitzer On Mixing With UA Gear for Snoop

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

    Ryan Hewitt

    Few people are lucky enough to grow up in the music business. Ryan Hewitt had the fortune of being raised in and around recording studios. Read More

    Justin Niebank

    Justin Niebank could very well be the nicest guy on the planet. He is also more than eager to talk about Universal Audio. Read More

  • Just Blaze

    Justin Smith, aka Just Blaze, was spinning records in clubs when he was just fourteen years old. Now he produces Platinum-selling mega-hits for stars such as Jay-Z... Read More


Features & Specs

UAD 4K Channel Strip Plug-In

Features:

  • UAD 4K Channel Strip emulates hit-making sound of SSL 4000* Console
  • Circuit emulation of the 4000 G+* with Type E “black knob” EQ & Filters
  • Flexible Compressor range from transparent to “in your face”
  • Highly responsive Gate including “no-chatter” mode
  • DYN-SC put EQ or Filters in Dynamics Sidechain
  • Input and Output Gain with LED I/O metering, 180º Phase Reverse, Stereo Link/Unlink
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameters:

Cut Filters

  • 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

EQ Filters

  • HF Filter Frequency 1.5KHz to 16KHz
  • HF Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • HF Filter Type Shelf or Bell
  • HMF Bell Filter Frequency 0.6KHz to 7KHz
  • HMF Bell Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • HMF Bell Filter Q 3.5 to 0.1
  • LMF Bell Filter Frequency 0.2KHz to 2.5KHz
  • LMF Bell Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • LMF Bell Filter Q 3.5 to 0.1 LF Filter Frequency 30Hz to 450Hz
  • LF Filter Gain -15dBu to +15dBu
  • LF Filter Type Shelf or Bell
  • EQ IN engages EQ
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

*UAD, UAD-1, UAD-2 and UAD 4K are trademarks of Universal Audio, Inc. All other names are trademarks of Solid State Logic, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Universal Audio, Inc. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose circuits and sounds were studied during the sound development of the UAD 4K products. Use of third party trademarks are for informational purposes only and do not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of Universal Audio’s products.


Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf