UA Releases SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor and Pure Plate Reverb Plug-Ins for UAD v9.2

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  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    UAD SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Plug-In Collection Trailer



    Fully endorsed by Solid State Logic,® Universal Audio has introduced the SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — an expert end-to-end circuit emulation of the compressor that is integral to the hit-making SSL sound. The G Bus Compressor is legend for making mixes bigger, more powerful, and punchy, all the while enhancing cohesion and clarity.

    Embarking on a ground-up re-design of the original SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in, UA’s team of engineers meticulously modeled every nuance of the in-console and FX G384 rackmount specimens, including their unique CV (control voltage) summing. By capturing all of its circuit behaviors, the new SSL G Bus Compressor plug-in offers the same punchy, transparent glue, and ultra-accurate stereo image of the original hit-making hardware.

    *$149 upgrade price from SSL G Bus Compressor Legacy plug-in.

    SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection Key Features:


    • An authentic end-to-end circuit emulation of SSL’s iconic bus compressor exclusively for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces
    • Specially tailored dynamic characteristics ideal for compressing full mix or subgroups
    • Signature SSL G Bus features include fixed range Attack and Release including program-dependent "Auto" release, and Auto Fade
    • Plug-in exclusive features include SC Filter, Dry/Wet parallel processing and Headroom for user-customizable operating level
    • Artist presets from Just Blaze (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar), Peter Mokran (The Flaming Lips, Mary J. Blige), Ian Boxill (Prince, Tupac), and more
    • DSP-lite SSL G Bus Compressor Legacy plug-in included

    Pure Plate Reverb — $149



    The Pure Plate Reverb plug-in provides UA's revolutionary plate reverb emulation in a simple, affordable package — with all of the essential features.

    Engineered by the modeling experts at Universal Audio to be a no-compromise solution of this classic effect, Pure Plate Reverb captures all of the sonic and mechanical nuances of the steel plate, transducers, and dampers that have flattered iconic recordings for over half a century.

    Pure Plate Reverb Plug-In Key Features:

    • Easily provides the warm, lush sound of mechanical plate reverb used on records from the ’50s to today
    • Simple control set for intuitive tone shaping
    • Low frequency input filtering, Pre Delay, Decay, Bass and Treble Tone controls, Balance, and Dry/Wet mix
    • Artist presets from Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Richard Chycki (Rush, Dream Theater) Chuck Zwicky (Prince, The Time) and more
     

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  2. DonnyThompson

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    I'd really like to give the UAD stuff a try; I've heard it used on mixes several of my friends have sent me, those who own one of the UAD interfaces/DSP engines, and most of what I've heard (or had limited time with at a client's studio) sounds great to me.

    Although, like any other processor, it also depends on who is using it...

    But, not owning a UAD pre/i-o myself, I haven't been able to put their processing to serious use myself.
    I have a friend in LA who has invested quite a bit into his plug library over the years; Waves, Slate, Acustica, Steinburg, IK, Softube... and out of all of them, his personal preference - at least ofthis writing - is for UA and Slate.
    I have quite a bit of time on both Slate and IK; and I used to use Waves a lot, back when they were the main manufacturer of the plug market. I've puttered around with Softube and Focusrite...
    But I'd like to have some time with UAD to see for myself what it's capable of.

    Having the processing sourced and powered from their own DSP hardware is very attractive, because it relieves the CPU taxation on the system.
    But, I'm not sure that the PC/CPU I have now would really be enough to handle things like the latency-free tracking - with sims - that makes the UAD plugs attractive. I'm positive I'd need to upgrade my system - and of course, to get something with TB i-o to take advantage of what UAD offers.

    @audiokid
    IIRC, Chris, didn't you have some time with UAD hardware/i-o last year? What was your impression of the pres, conversion and the UAD processors?
    (Or I could be wrong... but I thought I remembered you working with the UA Apollo or something similar or a little while ?)
    -d.
     
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    I had Apollo 16, no pre's in those. ADDA sounded good. I got them to see what plugs sounded like to track through. I didn't find tracking through plugs was my thing, especially with the analog rig I had it to compare.
    When it comes to mixing, other than a few special plugs... Sequoia is all I've ever needed.

    Being said, I think UAD is great. Especially for those who like a lot of plugs running.
     
  4. DonnyThompson

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    Chris..
    Understanding you liked the converters in the UA you tried, have you had any experience with UAD pres?
    If not, Can anyone else here on RO who has used them give me an opinion on UAD preamps? Overall sound, gain range, noise levels, etc.
    I won't lie, I am intrigued by UA's ability to track with certain plugs - assuming I would be using a PC that was optimized to take advantage of what UA's are capable of doing...a system with a fast CPU and a TB connection, etc. but that wouldn't be my main priority. Sound and conversion quality are both first and foremost.
    One of the things on my wish list over the past couple years has been to have several different preamps available .. I'd like to add a nice tube pre, perhaps another XFO based pre to work alongside the ADK AP1 I currently have; I'd also like a nice transparent pre with a lot of gain ( something like a Grace or SPL or Millennia) as well as something very "smooth" sounding, like a Focusrite ISA. (Which I've heard, used, and loved).
    It wasnt until just recently, in the last few months, where I've been thinking more about the UAD models ( Apollo, Duo, etc). But I have very limited experience in actually using one for serious recording - and I trust RO members more than typical internet reviews, or what are obviously paid endorsers on the company's web site.
    My main use for it would be vocals and acoustic instruments like guitars, mandolin, violins, cellos, etc.
    Any thoughts on the various UAD I/O's - those models with built in preamps, would be greatly appreciated.
    :)
     
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    no
     
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    right on. This is my direction as well.

    To my limited understanding, use and from what I have heard in some past UAD mixes... hardware is better but this alternative can work if you control the input levels, never clip or come close to saturation.
    The plugins tend to sound one dimensional and harsh tracking through them to begin with worsen with hot signals, strong singer etc peaking. This creates a nasty, really difficult sound that is terrible to try and mix. Makes mixing the worst experience then.
    But if you are able to control the tracking levels, learn and find the sweet spots, I suspect tracking through plugins is a future I want to see happen. Its only going to improve. Or... maybe we just get really good pre's, AD and mix ITB like I have come to see as the best and more affordable way to do it today.

    Analog leveling amps seem to be about the only tracking piece I want on everything. Headroom means more room for transients and all the special stuff that makes things sparkle. Mono tracks, a noble stereo room mic, good or dead acoustics... what more do I need. Acoustic music isn't about tracking plugins.
     

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