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by B. Gunkel (1/30/2015):

Excellent plugin for adding punch to my drum bus and smoothing out rock piano. I have… Read more

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Overview

SSL G Series Bus Compressor Plug-In

Exacting Circuit Emulation of Hit-Making SSL 4000 G Series Master Compressor

The SSL G Series Bus Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 is an incredibly faithful circuit emulation of the legendary SSL 4000 G console's bus compressor. The undeniable drive and punch of this G Series master compressor — modeled to exacting detail by Universal Audio and fully authenticated by Solid State Logic® — helped make the original 4000 G Series the world's most successful studio production console. Engineers have come to rely on this master compressor to "glue together" mixes like nothing else, as well as patching into it for wonderful results on drums, pianos and more.

With simple, intuitive controls and transparent compression characteristics, the G Series Bus Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 captures the iconic SSL sound with stunning accuracy. Plug-in controls comprise fixed Compression Ratios (2:1, 4:1 and 10:1), and Attack and Release controls with program-dependent Auto Release function. Continuous Threshold Control and Make-Up Gain, compressor bypass, and the original Auto Fade (1-60 seconds) feature provide full operational authenticity.

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  • Phil Tan

    (Usher, Mariah Carey)

    “There are several [plug-in] versions of the stereo SSL buss compressor… But the one I always go to is the UAD version. I’m an SSL console guy, and it sounds just like the hardware to me.”

    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.”

    Frederick Norén

    (Sound on Sound)

    "[The SSL G Series Bus Compressor] ... one of the best compressor plug-ins on the market."

    Frederick Norén

    (Sound on Sound)

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

    Geoff Sanoff

    (Pro Sound News)

    “I'm loving it [SSL G Series Bus Compressor]. It's my new glue ... You guys just saved me 4K on outboard gear ... Well done.”

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    Punch like Tyson!
    by B. Gunkel (Friday 30 January, 2015)

    Excellent plugin for adding punch to my drum bus and smoothing out rock piano. I have the Waves version too and for me personally, the UAD version sounds more sympathetic to the music. Since I can neither afford an SSL console or afford the studio time, this tool has really helped me bring… Read More

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    Tighten it up!
    by P. Shrout (Tuesday 20 January, 2015)

    I use some SSL hardware in my studio so this was a must have for me. I tried it out and couldn't believe how close this thing sounded to the hardware that its modeled after. UA did an outstanding job. (As always!) If you are looking for that tight, polished SSL sound, look no further. I have… Read More

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    Historic, and amazing.
    by T. Spielmacher (Saturday 17 January, 2015)

    As a fan of 80's music, this is the perfect finisher at the end of my mixes. Thanks UA for allowing me this magic for less then 5% of the hardware cost. (When on sale or course) 5 Thumbs Up! Read More

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    Suptle & Nice
    by R. Dillard (Wednesday 14 January, 2015)

    Being that I work in the acoustic music world for the most part (classical, jazz, various chamber music settings), subtle is an important characteristic of many of the plugins I use the most. The SSL G Series Bus Compressor can certainly be used in this manner! A subtle 2-1 curve with the… Read More

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    Othesr don\'t compare
    by B. Jeffries (Tuesday 13 January, 2015)

    Tried other emulations. They don't even sound the same at all. Brings vocals forward and adds hug for the low end too. Great tones in this bad boy. Read More

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Artists
  • Charlie Andrew

    As the artful studio helmsman behind British folk-hop sensations Alt- J — and their 2012 Mercury Prize-winning album, An Awesome Wave — producer Charlie Andrew found himself the recipient of Britain’s Breakthrough Producer of the Year Award for 2013. Read More

    Dave Tozer

    Here, Dave Tozer details how you can synthesize a powerful UAD/Logic Pro X production workflow. Read More

    The Black Keys

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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

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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

  • Phil Tan

    With more than 24 #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 3 Grammys®, and nearly 300 album credits, there are few engineers that can touch Phil Tan’s recent track record. Read More

    Josh One & Ian Boxill

    DJ/Producer Josh One and engineer Ian Boxill walk us through their grooving, slickly-produced new single, "After It," featuring Julie Walehwa. Read More

    UA NAMM 2011 Artists

    A short collection of interviews with various platinum-selling producers and engineers at UA's NAMM 2011 booth… Read More

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Features & Specs

SSL G Series Bus Compressor

FEATURES:

  • Faithful plug-in emulation of the hit-making SSL 4000 G series bus compressor
  • Officially licensed and fully authenticated by Solid State Logic
  • Specially tailored dynamic characteristics ideal for compressing full mix or subgroups
  • Fixed Attack & Release and Ratio settings
  • Continuous Threshold and Make-Up Gain settings
  • Auto Fade feature (1-60 seconds) as found in original console
  • Analog-style metering and Compressor bypass
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

PARAMETERS:

  • Threshold -15dBu to +15dBu
  • Make Up Gain 0 dBu to +15dBu
  • Attack 0.1ms, 0.3ms, 1ms, 3ms, 10ms and 30ms
  • Release 0.1s, 0.3s, 0.6s, 1.2s or Auto
  • Ratio 2:1, 4:1 and 10:1
  • Compression VU Meter 0 to 20dB
  • Auto Fade Off/On
  • Auto Fade Timer 1-60s
  • 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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