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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.

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

      M. Kozlov

      November 30, 2022

      sounds the best

      For me it's a go-to console especially for vocals. Color is great. L

      P. Diaz

      November 26, 2022


      Got this in a bundle for the gate. Regret not getting the Neve but it’s still good.

      J. ter Borg

      November 7, 2022

      Warm, easy to use and some excellent presets!

      Especially the Stuart Price presets were helpful! Recommended.

      S. YOUNG

      October 11, 2022

      Excellent plugins

      Excellent plugins

      C. Long

      September 16, 2022

      SSL 4000 E Channel Strip

      This plugin is a killer plugin, was using waves ssl and decided to try out UAD version of the plugin and was blown away in the results I was getting from the UAD SSL channel plugin. Recommend anyone using the waves ssl to at least give the UAD SSL channel plugin a try.

      N. Coelho

      September 14, 2022

      Great plugin

      Great sound and tone, It's my channel strip for VoiceOver. I love it.

      O. Seiffert

      September 14, 2022

      a bettermaker

      just a good, grainy basic sound. And not unpleasantly rough. In my opinion the best sounding UAD strip.

      C. George

      August 31, 2022

      My Favorite EQ

      This is without question my favorite eq to use on almost all of my tracks in my mixing template. I love that you can just crank this eq to find what helps enhance the mix. Or crank the gain to find a pain frequency and then crank it the opposite way to remove it. The included compressor and gate are nice to use lightly on some sources and the ability to have the eq first then the compressor is how I usually use it. All in all if CLA can get Grammys using an ssl plugin then you know it’s the right eq to use to get fast radio ready mixes. The UA SSL 4000 E is a Killer plugin I just can’t mix without.

      M. Pearson

      August 31, 2022


      Cannot go wrong with SSL, smooth and tight, especially as a unison for recording thru.

      M. Espinosa

      July 13, 2022

      Color lindo

      Le da un color muy lindo a mi voz , lo uso en unison para grabar con mi micrófono e imprimir . Es recomendable !

      T. Laja

      July 13, 2022

      SSL quality

      Very good

      M. Perez

      July 12, 2022

      Best SSL Plugin I've Used

      I have worked on a few real SSL consoles, This plugin just feels right. It does exactly what I expect it to do.

      P. Kinman

      July 8, 2022


      Amazing for drums!! Totally transforms the sound of a performance!

      h. kim

      July 8, 2022


      amazing... yeah...good..!!

      J. Hansbarger

      June 22, 2022


      It’s pretty insane that you can actually get a real analog console feel with this one. Very realistic and adds great depth/saturation.

      D. Matas

      June 21, 2022

      Incredible plugin

      I love this plugin, legendary eq, compressor, gate/expander and preamp. What else could you ask for?

      K. Hudson

      June 21, 2022

      Nothing mind blowing

      It works as expected. Not as profound as its competitors But I am still happy with the results.

      i. burr

      June 14, 2022

      The best eq ever made

      this eq helped with plenty of my mixes and other clients mixes id recommend this to any engineer

      E. Irarrázabal

      June 14, 2022

      Buena Coloración

      Breve Comparativa con SSL Native V2 (Q muy anchas pero centro de freq correctos ) , Waves y PA (Expand con consecuencias de fase en LF bastante severas) tiene su propio espacio. Al igual que Waves, pero menos agresivo y más musical, los puntos de centro de Frq de Eq se encuentran desplazados. Como siempre; usar oido y no el ojo.

      Solo pre con eq:
      Waves presenta 3er armónico más presente que el 2do. Solo estos dos.
      UAD presente la secuencia de armónicos correlativa en caída más ordenada.
      SSL Native v2: Sin armónicos. Hay que activar el módulo dynamics para tener algo similar sin el 2do.
      Plugin Alliance "digital"... 3er y bastante ruido !!

      J. Vanderhorst

      June 11, 2022

      Best Channel Strip Period

      I use the ssl 4000 on every single track and mix so much faster