WNAMM06: Waves SSL 4000 Collection is a Dead Ringer

Very impressive SSL G and E series emulations      23/01/06

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the G bus Compressor
Waves are particularly proud of this collection, the software boys have done SSL proud we these emulations being developed with the full endorsement of Solid State Logic themselves. The plugs are available soon in TDM and Native bundles priced at $1600 and $800 respectively. Based on the 4000 series console, and created by Waves working closely with SSL’s engineering staff, the Waves SSL 4000 Collection includes three meticulously modeled plug-ins: the SSL G-Master Buss Compressor, SSL E-Channel and SSL G-Equalizer. To faithfully recreate the classic SSL sound, Waves engineers spent more than a year analyzing and modeling the distinctive sonic characteristics of SL 4000 factory reference consoles and components provided by Solid State Logic. Extensive testing reveals that the Waves SSL 4000 plug-ins sound virtually identical to their hardware counterparts, with an impressive 35dB of phase cancellation when run side by side from the same source.

E Channel
The Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor captures the unique sound of renowned master buss center compressor of the SL 4000 G console, including its IC input and twin VCA gain-reduction amplifier design. This compressor has long been prized by top engineers for its ability to “glue together� tracks, and is considered by many to be the ultimate finalizer that transforms a mix into a finished record. It’s also ideal for taming piano dynamics or adding punch to drums and percussion.

the G EQ
The new SSL E-Channel consists of two sections that deliver the characteristic sound of the original. The equalization section of the SSL E-Channel is based on the renowned Black Knob equalizer, developed in 1983 by SSL in association with legendary producer George Martin. It features a steeper high pass filter for tighter low frequency control and enhanced cut and boost ranges, with a smoother EQ curve and flexible routing. The dynamics section features a soft-knee compressor/limiter and an expander/gate modeled on the SSL LS611E. Like its hardware counterpart, it includes a soft-knee compressor/limiter and powerful expander/gate, as well as automatic makeup gain for steady output levels. The SSL G-Equalizer is modeled on the SSL G Series EQ292, the engineer’s choice for creative sound shaping. This four-band equalizer offers greater gain change than the E-Series EQ, and a slightly different curve. The SSL G-Equalizer delivers the original’s pre-boost dip and pre-cut rise which contribute to its characteristic sonic signature, in addition to a broad Q for extreme equalization.

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