This channel strip is incredible, sounds punchier and warmer than the UAD one and miles ahead of the Waves channel. It barely takes up any CPU so I can have an instance on every track. The EQ is so strong and musical, I was able to transform this thin sounding DI guitar rhythm recording that my friend sent me into a pristine and round guitar track with some compression in a minute. Everything has so much punch and you can get a super clean sound. Gonna use this thing on everything, best 50$ spent for a plugin.
I love this plugin. I moved from waves to this frankly for the price. I got it on sale, and even at full price it is about half the cost of running a UAD rig, and although the SSL plugins made by SSL themselves are about a similar price, they don't model the console, which is what I really wanted. I have to start with the EQ as I was blown away by them. Waves' EQ on the SSL really thins the sound out when you boost at all, and there isn't the same thickness and body as with the PA version. I love it for that alone. The distortion offered in this plug in has removed a plug in from my vocal and drum chain as I get the subtle fuzz I want in this unit alone (saving on valuable CPU). The compressors and gates sound amazing. I use it on everything, and in combination with the waves buss compressor I find I have everything I need to make my mixes sound fatter, edgier, and brighter than before, with the compressors really gluing it all together. I recommend gain staging all your tracks down to -18db with a VU meter to get the best results possible (yes, your mix will be a tad quieter, but it will sound infinitely better, and interact with the plugins more pleasantly). I was going to give The PA SSL four stars until I referenced the manual and learned about the randomize feature that will automatically assign different channels (and channel stereo pairs) to your mix so I don't have to sit there and do it by hand (like I stupidly did for my first mix with this). I have nothing but praise for this unit and for anyone who wishes to give a console and analog vibe to their mixes (especially in genres like pop, rock, hip hop, metal, country, funk, and blues) should definitely pick up this or PA's G series, they are simply amazing. I definitely recommend having on hand either the waves or UAD buss compressor (as they emulate the analog sound and colouration that the SSL company plugins do not) to use on your master buss though, as keeping with the console vibe, using those units will give you a similar style of compression and cohesion as you would expect, with the ability to really tighten up the sound and make it loud and punchy (at 10:1) or just gently guide your sound and tame wayward transients (at 4:1). Great job PA, you just gained a loyal customer!
Loving this plugin
Amazed how smooth and great this plugin sounds! The eqs sound wonderful and the compressor great sounding. With the THD saturation it gives my tracks just that extra something I wasn't getting without it.
I'm a 15 yr old from Atlanta and we use this plugin at the Boys & Girls Club studio. It is amazing! It sounds great on vocals.
1st thing to mention is, i cant compare this to anyother emulations of a SSL E However, the second I put this on my kick drum, my 808 sub, and my main bass... It all sounded fantastic Before even choosing a preset or turning any thing up or down It really does do something to your lower end and low mids, that sound thicker and more powerful I only use this on those types of individual channels myself, because I have a long list of plugins I still enjoy using for various other purposes... But this plugin is a beast for that lower end stuff in your music I'm sure it can be used for various other purposes, it can be pushed hard without any harshness or annoying atifacts Only very small? Not really an issue (im glad we have this option) But it can be a little difficult sometimes to close the gate/expander at the appropriate time, so you don't have any analogue humming that interferes with the mix But you can always sort it with a little care and attention (so i didnt drop a star for this, because it is always solvable) Overal im so glad I own this... I make electronic music mostly and this thing is a bass end monster of a channel strip Thanks BX Daz x
Having survived the analog summing plugin hype without buying one, the brainworx console line finally got me. Not so much for the classic and iconic brands like Neve, SSL and their sound, but for the oldschool mindset and workflow of a classic channel strip you have to adapt, which not only focuses your workflow, steering away from fiddling with half a dozen different plugins on a track, it also sets a mood. I wouldn't necessarily mix a d'n'b or dubstep track with this but for certain styles with proper gain staging the subtle variations in channels and the THD per channel allow for a pleasant mixing experience with actual results. Together with the townhouse bus compressor this is the perfect match. I'd really love to see some kind of bucket mode being able to group and quickly access several strips or their EQs, Dynamics, Fader sections.
The next step
by Yvan Bing
First time feeling like I am back on a 4K. On top that PT integration, size of plugin window... amazing work at Plugin Alliance. Thanks for such commitment to quality!
BX_Console SSL 4000 E
by Ash Taylor
I was reluctant to spend money on the upgrade from the older BX Console_E but trialled the new version last week. I was sold. As the upgrade was on a flash sale, I whipped it up. It's actually quite unsettling how much better this sounds than the original version. I had been running a hybrid between Waves SSL and the BX, intending to migrate completely to Brainworx but not feeling completely comfortable sonically to do so. My mixes had been lacking a bit of depth after fairly heavy boosts on the BX_E. I had partially blamed this down to the tracking, but the updated SSL version is night and day. My mixes now sound warmer, more 3rd, more musical, deeper, silkier and more expensive! On over 60 tracks this sort of improvement really adds up! You really can't get away with adding +15dB of top on the BX_E, it just turns to mush, but the SSL 4000 E is very forgiving. It keeps the integrity of the instrument and the bottom end in tact. The low end is less boomy too. It sounds rounder and more defined. You've also fixed the issue whereby the plugin boosts +1dB if you engage the HPF. The compressors are warmer. More akin to the Waves version which I had missed somewhat, but had favoured the BX_E for the key gating option. The saturation is sweeter and never gets harsh. I would usually lean on API and Neve style plugin EQ's for tracking, but this is now sweet enough to compete easily with those. The Waves SSL still has a place for me, as it's extremely point on drum busses where needed, but this version will be on 90% of my channels now. I'd like to see some digital metering in the plugin as I rarely lean on VU's. Lastly though, if we really want to make this a showstopper, then I think the hard clipping you get from driving the console slightly in to the red should be added. I still have to lean on the Slate VCC to get this effect. We may see a hit on the CPU, but it's not exactly a hog as it stands. Outstanding plugin though. It brings a smile to face every time I turn the knobs!
I have been lucky enough to buy this plugin on offer and after trying it for several hours. I would buy it again for its full price, this plugin makes each sound come alive. Congratulations Plugin Alliance for the great job.
SSL E/G Console emulations
by Angelo Jannotti
Great Sound and add grit to taste. With all the options these are fun and inspirational to mix with. I was especially surprised at how CPU efficient they are. Get them now!!!