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!!!
SSL 4000 E
by Midnight Son
So I didn't know what to think about this prior to trying and then buying it. However, It instantly brought a warmth and polished sound to my mixes that I was jumping through hoops trying to get. I straight up can't live without it now and it's on all my mixes. If I could only have one plugin this would be it. Get that SSL Magic in your DAW
I was reluctant to purchase this as I have a few other highly regarded emulations of this channel. I demo'd it and was instantly drawn in by the detail of the sound and usability. Options such as switching between the E and G dynamics, and switching between brown and black eq eras give extra useful options. It is also wonderful to have the TMT technology to give 72 different channels. This is currently my go to channel strip and choice of E emulations.
by GeoFF C
I use to hang around a studio back in mid to late 80s,not being a mix engineer then i use to like watching and listening to the engineer do his thing on a ssl e,fast forward a few years i started purchasing ssl plugins and been using them on my mixes for the last 10 years or so but i could never get that sound i remembered until NOW! I purchased the bx_console e on sale,tried, love it,did a null test using the TMT, VERY INTERESTING GUYS. "These are great times we live in",THANK YOU PLUGIN ALLIANCE.
WOW! This SSL Console ROCKS!!Finally found my happy place!! I now have several plugs from Brainworx, Lindell, SPL, Millennia, and a few others. each has its place and purpose, and I thoroughly love each one! I couldn’t pass up on the unbelievable sale price of this, and am so glad I jumped on it!! I’m no pro by any stretch of the imagination, just a drummer who also likes to mix and record. This is a key piece of the puzzle for killer rock drums, bass and heavy guitars! A Huge Thank You to the incredible people at Brainworx and P.A.!!! You continue to amaze me!
Amazing work by Brainworx. This is a top notch plug-in, I'm truly impressed by how satisfying this is on everything and how many features they packed into it. The presets are great starting points and the plug-in makes full use of the routing an original SSL console would be capable of plus so much more. I have the Waves SSL Bundle and comparatively Brainworx takes little to no Cpu power and does it all plus more in a single AU, with actual results you're gonna be stoked to hear. This will be on my Go-To list from now on. The ONLY downside to this one is not being able to just click and type in a value, which I hope is addressed. But still well worth the 5 stars for a review. I'm too happy about this one! Thank you Bx!
Brings the magic sauce !!
Damn ! I deliberated all morning, about whether I "genuinely" needed the SSL 4000 E as I'd recently bought the BX townhouse, BX digital eq v3, Acme Opticom and BX XL, but I knew within 2 minutes of trying the demo that this was a thing i'll be using on every drum buss from now on. I only went through some presets, and have yet to set up anything more "custom", but the amount of low end and punch it added to drums I thought I had already kinda maxed the dynamics out on, was jaw-dropping. I've never used a desk before, and certainly not an SSL, but this thing brings the magic sauce, and I'm very happy I went with my gut instinct. Gonna spend a lot of time getting to know this one !!