SSL® 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection
The ultimate “glue” for your mix bus,
re-modeled with stunning accuracy.
Integral to the hit-making SSL sound, the G Bus Compressor is legend for making mixes bigger, more powerful, and punchy, all the while enhancing cohesion and clarity. Fully endorsed by Solid State Logic, Universal Audio proudly unveils the SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — an expert end-to-end circuit emulation that goes further than UA’s original standard-defining SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in.
Now You Can:
Mix with a jaw-dropping update of the iconic SSL G Bus Compressor
Give power, cohesion, and drive to mixes, buses, or any source
Harness new features like Side Chain Filtering, Mix, and Headroom controls
Mix with artist presets from Just Blaze (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar), Peter Mokran (The Flaming Lips, Mary J. Blige), Ian Boxill (Prince, Tupac), and more
Take a Listen
The Only End-to-End
SSL Bus Compressor Emulation
Embarking on a ground-up re-design of the original SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in, UA’s team of engineers meticulously remodeled every nuance of the in-console and FX G384 rackmount specimens, including their unique CV (control voltage) summing. By capturing all of its circuit behaviors, the new SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in gives you all of the famed SSL hallmarks — punchy, transparent glue, and an ultra-accurate stereo image.
From subtle and transparent dynamic control to more aggressive textures with peak limiting, the SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in’s simple, intuitive control set lets you quickly dial in what you need. The fixed Attack and Release controls are SSL-voiced for bus functionality, including the program-dependent Auto Release function. Conjure "barely a wiggle" 2-bus glue, or "bury the needle" full dynamic crush with the continuous Threshold control.
New workflow features make the SSL G Bus Compressor Collection even more vital for the modern producer/engineer. The internal Side Chain Filter allows you precise tailoring of low frequency response to reduce low-end “pumping,” while the Mix control provides inline dry/wet processing — perfect for quick parallel compression on a drum or vocal bus. The Headroom control lets you adjust the overall operating level of the plug‑in.
Fade to Black
Just like the console units, the new SSL G Bus Compressor features the original Auto Fade feature, providing the signature SSL fade taper, up to 60 seconds. With the new SSL G Bus Compressor, plus the included DSP-lite SSL G Bus Compressor Legacy plug-in, you can craft your projects with Platinum‑selling sound.
“My favorite bus compressor reborn in plug-in form — the new new SSL G Bus Compressor captures all the punch and the vibe of the hardware. ”
– Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Future Islands)
“The new SSL G Bus Compressor allows me to direct the listener's attention to the important elements of a song in a fluid and musical way. It’s a fantastic tool for mixing.”
– Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Soul Asylum, Reggie Watts)
“The new SSL G Bus Compressor is expertly modeled with useful enhancements. It’s my go-to punchy drum compressor. ”
– Peter Mokran (Christina Aguilera, The Flaming Lips)
“There are several plug-in versions of the SSL G Series Bus Compressor. But I always go with the UAD emulation because it sounds just like the hardware.”
– Phil Tan (Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Rihanna)
May 22, 2017
Just wow.Read More
F. Brant Campos
May 22, 2017
Don't try the demo!
Seriously, you'd be down $299 very quickly. And if you don't have the money to spend, you'll be scrapping for it in the most improbable places! I did extensive tests comparing this plugin...Read More
May 21, 2017
I know I what I am about to say will be considered heresy among SSL 4000G board users. However, here goes. The end to end circuit replication of the G Bus Compressor is impeccable. I can...Read More
May 21, 2017
^^^ enough said !!! ^^^ TRY THE DEMO ASAPRead More
May 20, 2017
This plug in destroys all other emulations. Punch, power, definition, grit, imaging - this is a WINNER what an amazing job, THANK YOU!Read More
May 20, 2017
The previous version was pretty awesome, but after playing with the new updated release, all I can say is wow! I find it a lot easier to dial-in the right amount of threshold when working...Read More
Painstakingly modeled by Universal Audio's plug-in design team, licensed and authenticated by Solid State Logic
Beloved 4000 G era compressor design, measured from the all-discrete hardware
Specially tailored dynamic characteristics ideal for compressing full mix or subgroups
Provides the entire circuit path and control set of the stereo dual-VCA compressor
Signature 4000 G features include fixed range Attack and Release including program-dependent "Auto" release, and Auto Fade
Plug-in exclusive features include SC Filter, Dry/Wet parallel processing and Headroom for user-customizable operating level
Includes low-DSP Legacy SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in
Includes presets from Just Blaze (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar), Peter Mokran (The Flaming Lips, Mary J. Blige), Ian Boxill (Prince, Tupac), and more
SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection
F. Brant Campos
Don't try the demo!
Seriously, you'd be down $299 very quickly. And if you don't have the money to spend, you'll be scrapping for it in the most improbable places! I did extensive tests comparing this plugin to other emulations or even different bus compressor plugs but nothing comes even remotely close to this one. The low-end definition is stunning, it holds the foundation tight as can be, adding a ton of weight without compromising the mix. This thing is the glue master in plugin form, its beyond words. On top of it all, it is an improvement over the original as it has a SC filter and a mix knob in it. This could be the start of a new era for ITB mixing, at least to my humble ears, as digital is finally starting to catch up with analog. I know it is just a matter of time (forget about the nostalgia) and I long for the day it happens. What I also know is that UA has certainly stepped up the game another level (again)! Thx guys!
I know I what I am about to say will be considered heresy among SSL 4000G board users. However, here goes. The end to end circuit replication of the G Bus Compressor is impeccable. I can genuinely say for the FIRST time in Plugin History, the Three Dimensionality of analog gear has been thoroughly replicated. In my eyes, it was the 3D feeling that analog gear imparted on a mix that still made it worth the money. Now, however, at least when it comes to bus compression, there is no need to purchase an outboard SSL Compressor, because not only does this plug-in literally mimic every quirk of its analog counterpart, but also IMPROVES on the design so as to making it a superior product when compared to the original. It gives a new definition to the "SSL Knock" as it makes your mix knock harder than any real ssl buss compressor could.
^^^ enough said !!! ^^^ TRY THE DEMO ASAP
This plug in destroys all other emulations. Punch, power, definition, grit, imaging - this is a WINNER what an amazing job, THANK YOU!
The previous version was pretty awesome, but after playing with the new updated release, all I can say is wow! I find it a lot easier to dial-in the right amount of threshold when working with drums. The new side-chain feature is extremely useful, I cant imagine the SSL 4000 without it now. Also, the VU meter appears to respond more accurately.
At this point SSL gear in particular must be the most emulated of all time... it seems that any software designer that models analogue gear has their piece of the "market-share". Truth is, I think I've become a bit numb to it. Cynical even. Did the world really need ANOTHER SSL plugin/update?
In my opinion this latest iteration of the buss compressor by UA is simply stunning. I spent the better part of a decade on an SSL desk with the buss compressor central to my workflow. If I close my eyes I can hear the that unit. To my ears this plug has absolutely captured the sound at it's very essence. The behavior is right... the harmonics sound right... the transients feel right. Disengage the compression and the subtle "sweetening" of SSL circuitry is there.
It's not just getting the "thwack" on drums that convinced me, the real "tell" I look for is in the vocal sheen/added definition as well as the stereo field information and overall "excitement".
All this with added controls not available on the desk. Many times I fantasized about having a side chain filter on the built in unit.
Yes. The world needed this plug in update. I am astonished by the craftwork here and re-inspired by the concept of an SSL signal chain in the box.
Somewhere in the dark recesses of Universal Audio, there is a Captain Ahab celebrating having slain a white whale. I'm now another one of those saps finishing a gushing review with those fateful words...
Am I dreaming ?
Put this baby and listen to it. I ve never heard anything like it. EVer.
Its so true how this compressor can glue your mix together! Nobody can say anything about this compared to the hardware, i can compare myself and can go either way now without any hesitation. Thanks so much UA!
My go to just got better!
I'm so happy to see an impressive update to the SSL G.