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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

      P. BADDOO

      December 17, 2018

      Mixing with a new mindset

      A buddy kept telling me to start mixing with ssl. Got an apollo x from my girl and received this free plugin. Best tool i have used to date. so easy to dial in a rough mix and then finish it using the rest of my tools. The jensen transformer emu is amazing, I can't wait to track Vox with it.

      B. Johnson

      December 16, 2018

      Great channel strip.

      I have never used a real SSL, but I just tracked vocals through the updated SSL Channel strip and it sounded great. It has a nice open sound and the compressor and EQ's sound top notch. Definitely worth checking out!

      R. Sidhu

      December 15, 2018

      Guitars !!

      I've been using the SSL channel strip emulation for my clean and distorted guitars for years now. I got this because of it's integration with the Unison Pres. I was blown away. I think I've recorded some of the best guitars I've ever recorded with this. 110/100 recommended !

      R. Sidhu

      December 15, 2018

      Guitars !!

      I've been using the SSL channel strip emulation for my clean and distorted guitars for years now. I got this because of it's integration with the Unison Pres. I was blown away. I think I've recorded some of the best guitars I've ever recorded with this. 110/100 recommended !

      R. Sidhu

      December 15, 2018

      Guitars !!

      I've been using the SSL channel strip emulation for my clean and distorted guitars for years now. I got this because of it's integration with the Unison Pres. I was blown away. I think I've recorded some of the best guitars I've ever recorded with this. 110/100 recommended !

      G. Galanis

      December 14, 2018

      top

      best of all other emulation in the market, great sounding, my standard unison plugin

      I. Semenov

      December 14, 2018

      Just amazing!!!

      I have tried some emulations of SSL before purchasing UAD SSL 4000 E, but UAD blew my mind again... Fantastic sound! Preamp sounds amazing! Clear, punch.. and of course beautiful, really true analog distortion!

      A. Fuest

      December 14, 2018

      Black or Brown

      I have used many of the SSL emulations but for me, this is the only one that actually gets to the point with the low end. The brown knobbed low end is smooth and fat and just pushes that bottom forward. So sweet on acoustics. It's positive yet unchallenging. Just as it is with the analogue circuit and the black-knobbed low end just slams harder. Kick drums just punch with more authority. I can't fault this plugin. If you need that sound and let's face it we all do every now and then this is the best way of getting it.

      UAD User

      December 13, 2018

      Just like the old days

      Incredible reproduction of one of the best sound engineering tool ever produced. I've worked on SSL mixing boards in the 80's. Minus the actual knobs and faders and switches, I can believe I'm mixing with this legendary setup......

      UAD User

      December 13, 2018

      Just like the old days

      Incredible reproduction of one of the best sound engineering tool ever produced. I've worked on SSL mixing boards in the 80's. Minus the actual knobs and faders and switches, I can believe I'm mixing with this legendary setup......

      UAD User

      December 13, 2018

      Just like the old days

      Incredible reproduction of one of the best sound engineering tool ever produced. I've worked on SSL mixing boards in the 80's. Minus the actual knobs and faders and switches, I can believe I'm mixing with this legendary setup......

      P. Keogh

      December 13, 2018

      Sweet....

      Really enjoying tracking through this plugin on the Apollo... Lovely EQ.. Mixing with it is great too. I also have the waves SSL bundle.. They sound different, and are all great plugins, but I would give UA first place (sound wise). Plus with UA, when you buy the plugin, you own it.. Theirs no yearly payment to keep the plugin up to date (like waves update plan)..

      P. Keogh

      December 13, 2018

      Sweet....

      Really enjoying tracking through this plugin on the Apollo... Lovely EQ.. Mixing with it is great too. I also have the waves SSL bundle.. They sound different, and are all great plugins, but I would give UA first place (sound wise). Plus with UA, when you buy the plugin, you own it.. Theirs no yearly payment to keep the plugin up to date (like waves update plan)..

      P. Keogh

      December 13, 2018

      Sweet....

      Really enjoying tracking through this plugin on the Apollo... Lovely EQ.. Mixing with it is great too. I also have the waves SSL bundle.. They sound different, and are all great plugins, but I would give UA first place (sound wise). Plus with UA, when you buy the plugin, you own it.. Theirs no yearly payment to keep the plugin up to date (like waves update plan)..

      P. Keogh

      December 13, 2018

      Sweet....

      Really enjoying tracking through this plugin on the Apollo... Lovely EQ.. Mixing with it is great too. I also have the waves SSL bundle.. They sound different, and are all great plugins, but I would give UA first place (sound wise). Plus with UA, when you buy the plugin, you own it.. Theirs no yearly payment to keep the plugin up to date (like waves update plan)..

      P. Keogh

      December 13, 2018

      Sweet....

      Really enjoying tracking through this plugin on the Apollo... Lovely EQ.. Mixing with it is great too. I also have the waves SSL bundle.. They sound different, and are all great plugins, but I would give UA first place (sound wise). Plus with UA, when you buy the plugin, you own it.. Theirs no yearly payment to keep the plugin up to date (like waves update plan)..

      P. Keogh

      December 13, 2018

      Sweet....

      Really enjoying tracking through this plugin on the Apollo... Lovely EQ.. Mixing with it is great too. I also have the waves SSL bundle.. They sound different, and are all great plugins, but I would give UA first place (sound wise). Plus with UA, when you buy the plugin, you own it.. Theirs no yearly payment to keep the plugin up to date (like waves update plan)..

      N. Freeze

      December 12, 2018

      My new favorite!!!

      I have already got Neve 88RS, API channel strip and many others eqs and preamps.
      I’m impressed with ssl. It’s my new favorite....... especially with drums!!!

      J. Jungkyun

      December 11, 2018

      Fantastic Perfect

      Just Perfect!!!!!!!!!!LOVE IT !

      D. Holeva

      December 11, 2018

      SSL 4000 at its finest!

      I was debating whether to add this to my collection because I already own both the API and Never 88RS channel strips, but I am sure glad I did. To me, the compressor is much easier to dial in on drums than the Neve and the overall sound is very smooth to my ears. I also just used it for a voiceover session and it worked very well. Another great job from UA.