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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. Racanelli

      March 26, 2023

      great plugin

      Words cant describe how good this is. Great tool and getting legendary SSL sound. If you can't get the SSL bundle this is a great start. Sounds great and can adjust it to your needs on any stem/track. Highly recommended!

      A. Rosario

      March 5, 2023

      Great sound

      One of my favorite.

      A. Rosario

      March 5, 2023

      Great sound

      One of my favorite.

      E. Nagy

      February 16, 2023

      Great plugin

      I compared SSL with API and Neve channel strips, I think the gate for this one is working more natural compared with the API gate, and the eq is sounds nice too. Probably it's just a matter of taste

      A. Chichester

      February 13, 2023

      Can't download

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      J. Lardinois

      January 17, 2023

      The whole plugin is great, but it shines with the gate.

      I've mixed on these desks. I've mixed on this plugin. I want to skip reviewing everything else and just say, the expander / gate section is just lovely. It's really, REALLY easy to set up properly, and sounds great. It's flexible, too.

      A. Kostasenko

      January 13, 2023

      Details exactly how I want

      Using on bus channel for my vocals, easy to set up how I want


      January 9, 2023

      Un must !

      L'outil ultime pour un son vintage et dynamique, des possibilités incroyables à la prise comme au mixage.

      M. Franco

      December 31, 2022

      Love it! Best SSL Emulation

      I really like how this SSL Emulation sounds, in my library this is now my go to.

      J. Cortelyou

      December 28, 2022

      Sounds fine, but out of nowhere will stop passing audio.

      This plug sounds like an SSL, so that's good. The bad is that it will randomly stop passing audio. If you crank the level on the line amp, you'll see the overload light work, but it gets no further. This will happen in the middle of a session, so a track that you have been eq'ing and working on earlier in the day, will stop at print. The only workaround that I've found is to import that track from an earlier session or session file backup. Taking the plugin off and putting it back on does not work, nor does creating a new track and copying the data from the one not passing audio. This is a HUGE bug and can really cause issues if it goes unnoticed.

      Y. Albañil

      December 26, 2022


      the ssl sound is the winner. the unison is all i need

      S. PHILIP

      December 23, 2022


      If this one is real good then imagine the hardware …. Really a Swiss Army knife ….just get it n learn to use it later.

      K. Rose

      December 1, 2022

      Hands down the BEST EQ!

      I've never been the kind of producer to buy a ton of plugins, I prefer the motto of "Learn how to use what you have before buying anything else". However, after watching many Youtube videos where countless producers were all reaching for this channel strip, I figured there must be something truly magical about it...I wasn't wrong. What this does to drums is astonishing. There is a preset called "Make Anything Better", and it REALLY does. All components in the channel strip are incredible, but the EQ reminds me of the Pultec as far as you really can't mess it up. DEFINITELY worth the money.

      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.