SSL E Series Channel Strip


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Exacting circuit emulation of the 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.

In close partnership with Solid State Logic®, Universal Audio proudly unveils the SSL E Series Channel Strip plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — an exacting circuit emulation of this certified hit-making machine.

Now You Can:

Track and mix with an exacting emulation of both Type E “black” and “brown” knob channel EQ and filters

Harness famous SSL VCA Compressor — from transparent to “in your face”

Highly responsive Gate including “no-chatter” mode derived from later SSL designs

Explore various sounds with PRE-DYN and DYN-SC controls, swapping Dynamics routing, and placing EQ/Filters in Dynamics sidechain

Turn Your DAW into a Classic SSL Console

Turn Your DAW into a Classic SSL Console

The SSL E Series Channel Strip plug-in gives you everything you need to dial in professional, polished tracks with classic SSL sonics. With the inclusion of both the Type E “black knob” and “brown knob” four-band EQ and filters — long considered favorites in SSL lineage — you can apply classic punch to drums, presence to vocals, and heft to bass. The E Series’ middle EQ bands are fully parametric, while the high and low bands provide the user with switchable bell or shelving filters.

Expansion, Compression, and More

Expansion, Compression, and More

The legendary SSL compression is on full display with the SSL E Series Channel Strip plug-in. Add snap and weight to a drum bus with this iconic VCA compressor. From sublime to in-your-face, the E Series compressor section makes guitars present and vocals pop right out of the speakers. The Exp/Gate offers Threshold, fast or slow Attack time, a .1 to 4 second 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.

Added Flexibility

Added Flexibility

The PRE-DYN button lets you reorder the signal chain, placing the EQ before the dynamics section, yielding vastly different timbres depending on your source. The DYN-SC button engages 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 among the most flexible and best-sounding channel strip emulations available today, bar none.

Customer Reviews

Key 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.

Customer Reviews

SSL E Series Channel Strip


UAD User

April 15, 2016

The Compressor

I'd held off on demoing or buying this plugin because I had the Waves version but that was a mistake. I got this one in the Apollo promo and after using this it's hard to believe that Waves and UAD are modeling the same console. The EQ on the Waves will get you most of the way there (although the UAD version is definitely superior, particularly in the brown vs black EQ option) but where this thing really shines is the compressor. The Waves compressor isn't even close and this plugin responds exactly as I remember the actual 4000 consoles responding in that it gives everything it touches an added snap and weight. Even with it being a few years old at this point, this is one of the best plugins from UAD that I've used. A real joy to work with

T. Calderon

January 14, 2016

Audio Labb loves the SSL E Series Channel Strip Plug-In

This plugin is unique in the way it sounds compared to other plugins, I Like the characteristics of the SSL E Series Channel Strip Plug-In, it sounds very good on drums, that punchy sound and adds a nice presence on vocals. This channel strip can make your day and its like an all inclusive go to thing, and not putting to much strain on your Dsp card, you can load about 8 of these on a Solo and you're fine, you got to love UAD and the deals and also game changes they have brought to the new world of evolving music creation and production.


February 12, 2015

Great plugin

Great channel strip with a light DSP usage, a must-have.
Only 4stars because it's not unison (yet?)

J. Taylor-wade

December 11, 2014

SSL E Series

Having spent many happy years using the E series ( including the very first one in BBC Maida Vale 3) I can say it certainly has much of the desks character. It would be interesting if UAD incorporate the unison technology as much of the consoles sound derives from the mic pre's.

Best software I have tried, although the waves is quite good

T. Gee

October 28, 2013

one of my fav UAD plug-ins !!!

I didn't expect to be blown away by this one - and hadn't heard people praising it like Ampex tape plug-in for instance. i already have the waves SSL, so i did not expect this one to be a favorite. But i was pleasantly surprised, and very impressed by how much better this one sounds to Waves SSL. Compressing with UAD SSL E Channel strip gives me a sonically much more solid sound, than with waves SSL comp and as a direct result helps me giving my mixes much more impact. AWESOME plug-in !!!

T. Carr

October 20, 2013

SSL E Series C Strip

I mix into SSL X desks and, so all that was missing from my sound was the channel EQ and dynamics, to say I am impressed with this plugin is an under statement.
As usual, amazing likeness and wonderful differences.

C. Testolini

October 15, 2013

Excellent as always

I also own the Neve channel strip. I have to say I absolutely love the SSL E series and would recommend it to anyone looking for an analog sound.

Both the Neve and the SSL channel strips are great but I found myself favouring the SSL E.

Enjoy have fun mixing.

M. Buchbinder

October 15, 2013

My Goto Channel Strip

I'm a mix engineer I own a private project studio. Work primarily with Pop, Rock, Blues, Hip Hop, World Music and Techno. I mixed a record in a SSL room for the first time little while ago and wanted wanted to recreate that same feel. When I got this plugin I had high expectations. Let me tell you I was not disappointed, this plugin did precisely that. It is my goto channel strip.

L. Roccatagliati

October 15, 2013

very good

I'm using on groups, and it's great great on the drums and on bass

J. Mendoza

October 11, 2013

Yep.......found the gap

Mixes are more breathable an transparent need this plug

M. Production

September 22, 2013

This plugin has the look & the Magic!!

I have never use a SSL Console before but, with this plugins i can.
Thanks UAD Team for a great Emulation of the SSL 4000.

G. Gassert

September 19, 2013

Punchy and tight

I love what this channel strip does on all my drum and bass tracks. No need for Console emulation summers. This is doing it. Gates and channel comps on these really cleans up a live drum recording.

R. Folson

September 13, 2013

This is used this on every session now!

This is my first time experiencing the SSL plug-ins, it is awesome! Everything is included for a single channel. I'm glad I made this purchase it is Definitely worth it.

M. Kartashev

September 10, 2013

Great tone!

i love this one on drums and percussion gives things nice classical SSL tone
EQ is very use-full and the dynamic section sound great and tight when dialed with measure
awesome channel strip!

J. Brennan

August 21, 2013

Sounds correct

Again, as in my SSL compressor review, this stands up to those who know how the SSL channels sound.

Even FLAT, you can hear a character change in the brown and black EQs.

As true, a little tweak goes a long way. Don't bother with the others. Waves, not even close with the same settings.

L. Adler

August 19, 2013

Loving this channel strip!

I've been recording and mixing on an SSL console at Fantasy Studios for years. So to get this amazing plugin that works and sounds the same is such a gift. My mixes are sounding great thanks to UA.

J. Toy

August 12, 2013

SSL E series

After an initial panic caused by thinking I had bought the wrong plugin (see 4k channel strip) I settled the heart down and realised I had bought the correct plugin. I had already used the trial version so knew what to expect. I use this especially for the high pass and low pass filter, sounds great and helps balance my mixes, especially on aux busses.

S. Chablal

July 31, 2013


Excellent Plugin! Way better than the other compainies version of this.

R. Gavrielov

July 24, 2013

A must have plug-in...

simply one word: Amazing!
A must have plug-in... works great on everything!

I. Johansson

July 16, 2013

Great st

Yupp, it makes the sound jump out of the speakers in controlled way. Makes it sound bigger and wide in a great way. Compared to the 4K strip it hold the sound together in a more pro way, that I searched for in other SSL strip plugins, but not heard until now. Expander is great and I like the BLK/BRN selector. Boosting the low and putting the Bus comp after creates a solid foundation that puts a smile on my face. :-)

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