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SSL UC1 Channel Strip and Bus Compressor Controller

New controller combines classic console ergonomics with SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins

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May 28, 2021

Following the success of the recent UF8 DAW controller, Solid State Logic presents the next level in hardware plug-in control with UC1. Building upon decades of SSL’s unique knowledge of console ergonomics and production workflows, UC1 delivers simultaneous multi-function control of the included SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins within your DAW session. At the heart of the UC1 is the SSL 360° Plug-in Mixer, allowing users to access and control all of their Channel Strips and Bus Compressors in one virtual console overview, offering a true console-like approach to mixing-in-the-box.

The UC1 combines studio-quality encoders, switches and feedback LEDS, with an authentic moving coil Bus Compressor gain reduction meter for that true console ‘centre section’ experience. With knob per-function control of the SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins, the UC1 provides a continual on-board display of which plug-in is currently in use, and a value readout of the control currently engaged.

Adding power to your DAW mix experience, the new SSL 360° Plug-in Mixer application allows users to create their very own virtual SSL console to work in unison with the UC1 hardware. Designed to provide instant access to current and future SSL designed Channel Strip and Bus Compressor plug-ins within a single window environment, mix sessions are managed with efficiently.

Nigel Beaumont, SSL Managing Director, states, “With the addition of UC1, we now provide a series of studio-quality, affordable production hardware controllers with our signature SSL design approach. From music production recording and mixing, to exacting audio finessing for post-production, the UC1 adds a level of detailed control and response for classic SSL EQ’s and compression, traditionally only found on a full-blown SSL console. With plans to expand our plug-in offerings in the future, we will bring more of our heritage and modern processing tools to these exciting products.”

Full licenses for SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins are included with UC1. Channel Strip 2 is a fully featured Channel Strip, based on digital modelling of the EQ and Dynamics curves from the legendary XL 9000 K SuperAnalogue console. V2 adds SSL’s proprietary anti-cramping algorithms and the ability to trigger the dynamics sidechain externally. Bus Compressor 2 expands its feature set with additional Ratio, Attack and Release options, the ability to trigger the sidechain externally, as well as x2 and x4 oversampling.

UC1 features:

  • SSL workflow and console ergonomics meets the power of SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins.
  • Every UC1 purchase includes full licenses of SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins (worth $479.00)
  • Knob per-function control of SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins.
  • Muscle-memory operation and constant visual feedback via the smart LED rings.
  • On-board display tells which Channel Strip and Bus Compressor plug-in UC1 is currently focused on, as well as giving a value readout of the control currently being turned.
  • Load Plug-in Presets and change Channel Strip routing directly from UC1.
  • Authentic moving coil Bus Compressor gain reduction meter, driven from the SSL Native Bus Compressor plug-in.
  • SSL Plug-in Mixer (hosted in SSL 360°) provides a place to view and control of your Channel Strips and Bus Compressors, all from one screen.
  • Switch between 3 different DAWs that are connected to the Plug-in Mixer.
  • High Quality all metal enclosure, with a brushed anodised top plate.
  • Hi-Speed USB connection to computer.
  • Powered by SSL 360° Mac and PC software.

The UC1 is available priced: £499 + VAT, $849 + Tax, €619 + Tax

CONTACT

SSL: solidstatelogic.com
Australian Distributor: ambertech.com.au
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  1. I’ve been against these sort of controllers preferring a keyboard and mouse.
    Calling them a glorified mouse.
    2 things changed…..
    – I’ve been helping a mate / client learn to use his SSL 4K console. Mixing on that console is so good.
    Wonderfully tactile and the EQ and dynamics are so powerful and easy to get a good result.
    – I Demo’d the SSL V2 ch strip and bus comp. and they sound really really good.
    So I’ve pulled the trigger on an UC1
    And very excited to start getting hands on especially with the ch strip EQ.

    1. Stay tuned for Brad’s review of the UF8 this coming week, Angus. Let us know how you get on with the UC1

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