SSL® 4000 E Channel Strip Collection

SSL® 4000 E Channel Strip Collection

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The famed SSL 4000 channel strip, exhaustively re-modeled with Unison technology.

Introduced in 1979, the SSL 4000 E console brought a modern sound to the world, powering more Platinum-selling records than any other. Its bold, punchy character and incredible dynamics have made the SSL 4000 E a true industry standard and a bastion of modern recording.

In close partnership with Solid State Logic®, Universal Audio proudly unveils the all-new SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — an exacting end-to-end circuit emulation that goes far beyond UA’s original standard-defining SSL 4000 E Channel Strip plug-in.

Now You Can:

Track and mix through a stunning update of SSL’s vintage analog channel

Get the full character of SSL’s Jensen transformer-based preamps with Unison technology

Sculpt your sources with both Type E “black” and “brown” knob EQ and filters

Harness the famous SSL VCA Compressor and Gate for incredible dynamics control

Explore creative sounds by swapping Dynamics routing, and placing EQ/Filters in the Dynamics sidechain

Mix with artist presets from Just Blaze (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers), Ian Boxill (Prince, Tupac), and more

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SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection

Turn Your DAW into a Classic SSL Console

Turn Your DAW into a Classic SSL Console

In crafting the new SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection, UA’s team of engineers dug deep into the SSL 4000 E hardware, faithfully modeling the original preamp’s Jensen input transformers and dbx "gold-can" VCA output section. By capturing the preamp’s signature nonlinear amp behaviors you get all of the SSL hallmarks — expansive, punchy, deep, assertive character for all of your sources.

Get Famed British EQ in Spades

Get Famed British EQ in Spades

The SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection plug-in features both the Type E 242 “black knob” and 001 “brown knob” four-band EQ and filters. The “brown” EQ is easy to dial in and musical, while the “black” is more surgical and clean. Both offer iconic SSL band interactions and amp modeling, adding punch to drums, presence to vocals, and heft to bass.

Unison Technology for Apollo

Unison Technology for Apollo

Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the new SSL 4000 E Channel Strip plug-in gives you the hardware’s mic/line preamp impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and exact circuit behaviors. Just insert the plug-in into the Apollo’s Unison preamp slot to track in real time through a perfect SSL modeled preamp.

Expansion, Compression & More

Expansion, Compression & More

From subtle dynamics control to in-your-face smack, the E Series’ compressor gives guitars presence, makes vocals “pop,” and can add clarity, punch, and depth to your drum bus. PRE-DYN controls let you place the EQ or filters before the dynamics section for tons of different timbres, while the DYN-SC buttons provide frequency-dependent compression using the EQ filters, cut filters, or both.

Add Depth and Openness with any UAD hardware

Add Depth and Openness with any UAD hardware

Of course, the SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection isn’t just for Apollo owners. UAD-2 owners can use the SSL E Channel Strip on any source, without going outside the box. With the SSL E Channel Strip's complete console channel emulation, plus the included DSP-lite SSL E Channel Strip Legacy plug-in, you can craft your projects with Platinum‑selling sound.

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      Key Features

      Most authentic SSL 4000 E Channel Strip plug-in, including mic preamp modeling

      Developed and voiced in close partnership with Solid State Logic

      Record in realtime using Apollo interface with Unison technology for authentic analog input impedance and gain staging

      Now includes Jensen transformer Input amplifier and other nonlinear circuit behaviors

      Exacting nonlinear circuit emulation of both Type E “black” and “brown” knob channel EQ and filters

      Flexible VCA Compressor range, from transparent to “in your face” aggression

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

      Customer Reviews

      SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection

      Overall Rating

      A. Daoutakis

      May 15, 2019


      Just wow! now my mixes are really starting to sound like the real deal.

      R. Gun

      May 12, 2019

      Well done but...

      Pro: real good and rocking EQ sound, top notch Gate, punchie Compressor.
      Not so good:
      Absolutley incredible high DSP load; limitied bandwith also on higher samplerates.
      The Gainstage is compleatly linear until overload, so where´s the sound?
      The older version is supplied at least so you can use that instead.
      Was not that great idea of mine upgrading it.~
      Most newer Plugins do have a limited bandwith, that´s a shame now a days.

      R. Gun

      May 12, 2019

      Gut, aber...

      Zu den Vorteilen: sehr brauchbarer, rockiger EQ-Klang, top Noisgate, knackiger Compressor.
      Die Nachteile wiegen leider schwer:
      Unglaublich hohe DSP Last, Bandbreite limitiert auf 22kHz egal welche Samplerate.
      Der Gainsound ist absolut linear und clean bis zur Verzerrung, wo ist da die Emulation vom Kanalklang? Dieses Problem haben leider generell alle Pugins.
      Darum, wirklich brauchbar ist nur die zum Glück mitgelieferte alte Version.

      M. Flores

      May 12, 2019

      THE sound!

      Just what the doctor ordered for my mix! Clear, punchy, and distinct! Way better and more headroom than other SSL plugins i've used in the past. I just had to have it! Thank you UA!

      M. Carrera

      April 29, 2019

      the channel E in a plugin!

      that ssl classic sound sculpting for your tracks!

      c. adelmann

      April 25, 2019

      Great stuff

      When I got the quad and this was part of the great package I was a bit mixed becuase I had the plugin alliance version. The pa version is great but the uad version is great with a bit of different sound and closer to the original hardware. I will use not happily!

      M. Heisel

      April 25, 2019

      The Definitive Sound of a Classic Console

      The SSL 4000 is inarguably one of the most highly regarded consoles ever, and this plugin sounds and performs just like it. If that's what you're looking for, it's hard to go wrong!

      B. Pelletier

      April 24, 2019

      Génial sur des drums !

      Je l'utilise principalement sur un bus pour drums. Il permet de peaufiner le son, de travailler encore plus le rendu, la couleur de l'ensemble d'une batterie. Génial !

      A. Russell

      April 17, 2019

      Good Bang For The Buck

      Bought it on sale, great value!

      D. Marais

      April 17, 2019

      A thing of utter beauty and beastly power

      My title says it all. It is flawless, elegant and so transparent. Very addictive too ;) Highly recommended.

      C. Ripper

      April 15, 2019

      So good!!!

      My guitar sound finally sounds "finished" after putting it through the 4K compression and EQ. Fantastic!

      S. Jacobsen

      April 6, 2019

      An SSL emulation to make CLA weep!!!

      Load one on of these on each channel and you have your own SSL console to make your mixes shine!!! Best SSL emulation by far on the market right now. I've compared it to others and this baby is the smoothest out there! A definite must have in the UAD world of Plug Ins!

      UAD User

      April 4, 2019

      Sounds fantastic

      Really great tone if you push the input a bit, clear and punchy

      D. Morgan

      April 3, 2019


      This thing is so good for drums. I mean it is night and day.

      D. Speakman

      March 30, 2019

      Desert island plugin

      You could get a decent mix if this was the only plugin you had...

      a. kamal

      March 27, 2019

      A trip in memory lane

      Used to work regularly on a SSL Total Recall console decades ago. Was always enamored with the warmth and precision of the board. This strip is fantastic for acoustic guitars,drums and especially my Mustang Bass with flatwound strings. Also used it on Clarinets and assorted Brass with great results.Highly recommendable!

      D. Talypov

      March 26, 2019

      Very good.

      Very good.
      Works great at the microphone input (unison) and as a plug in DAW.

      D. Talypov

      March 26, 2019

      Very good.

      Very good.
      Works great at the microphone input (unison) and as a plugin in DAW.

      T. Griffiths

      March 25, 2019

      What I THOUGHT sounded superior is a bit eh, without the SSL 4000 E

      The preset I finely tuned on the SSL 4000 E for my voiceover work enhances everything so beautifully. Running the Apollo Twin USB w/ the Channel Strip into a Fredenstein F676 Mic Pre, with a TLM 103...

      J. Woolcott

      March 20, 2019

      Great channel strip.

      This is an excellent emulation that provides a lot of functionality, it’s easy to learn the layout and the results are tight, clean and punchy. Used in the unison slot this strip comes to life, and committing on the way in saves a lot of DSP. Another great job by UAD.