Emulations of the Classic Legacy Sound of SSL Now Available in the Box – For the first time, the legendary sound of Solid State Logic is available in software to users of DAW systems. Developed under license from Solid State Logic and with significant input from SSL engineers, the Waves SSL 4000 Collection includes emulations of technology from the console manufacturers legendary past: the G-Master Buss Compressor, E-Channel and G-Equalizer.
To capture the SSL sound, Waves engineers worked closely with SSL’s engineering team, spending over a year analyzing and modeling the distinctive sonic characteristics of SL 4000 factory reference consoles and components provided by Solid State Logic.
Chris Jenkins, SSL’s director of commercial applications says: “I was one of those instrumental in establishing the E and G Series sound, assisting engineers and producers on countless recordings where these consoles gained their excellent reputation. There are numerous technical challenges in accurately emulating the subtle non-linearities of SSL analogue processor design that are an essential part of our characteristic sound and Waves has done a great job. For example, their emulation of the true r.m.s sidechain and ‘overeasy’ transfer function of the E-Series channel dynamics unit has faithfully captured the sound and performance of the original.”
The collaboration with Waves marks a milestone for SSL as the first time the company has partnered with another organization. “This is a very exciting time, we’re forging alliances to further a commitment to make our products work in a wide variety of creative environments,” says SSL’s Managing Director Antony David. “Just as there are those who will always prefer our analogue technology, we also want to support those who prefer to work in the box.
“To enable us to deal with the specific challenges posed by developing for TDM and Native systems, we chose to partner with Waves,” David continues. “Their reputation for quality speaks for itself and they’ve proven to be the perfect partners for this project.”
Following their debut appearance at this year’s Winter NAMM, SSL will also be exhibiting at the Frankfurt MusikMesse for the first time. “There’s much more to come,” adds David. “I think it’s reasonable to say that this will be a very significant year in the history of SSL. See you at Frankfurt!”
The SSL 4000 Collection is distributed and supported exclusively by Waves.
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles for broadcast, post, music and film facilities, and provider of solutions for workstation users. SSL’s product range includes the C100 new-generation Digital Broadcast and C200 Digital Production Consoles, the new C300 Master Studio System, the XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue™ Console, AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System and the XLogic range of outboard processors.