SSL Fusion plug-ins add analog modeling technology to your DAW
By Sam McNiece
With the sound quality SSL is famous for.
It wasn’t that long ago that SSL was an old-fashioned computer hardware company. Their mixing consoles were the envy of many, but SSL has not rested on its laurels. Following the release of affordable audio interfaces, a small-scale mixer, and DAW controllers, SSL is back with plug-in versions of their Fusion analog hardware processor.
What would you like to know:
- Solid State Logic released the Fusion Vintage Drive and Stereo Image SSL plugins.
- Both plugins are modeled after SSL’s Fusion analog hardware processors.
- This announcement marks the start of monthly software releases for one of the leaders in audio processing.
Read all the latest product news here.
Starting with the Fusion Vintage Drive SSL plug-in, SSL added an analog flavor to digital emulation. Nonlinear Saturation features drive and density controls that let you dial in odd and even harmonics as well as a touch of compression. There’s an auto gain feature that matches the input and output signals to make sure you’re making the right mixing decisions, not just turning up the volume. Additionally, SSL has added an Eco mode which allows for zero latency and low CPU processing, perfect for monitoring or when running large sessions.
Then there’s the SSL Fusion Stereo Image plug-in, which is a mid-side processor focusing on stereo depth of field. Using the shuffle and space controls it is possible to add or cut low frequencies in the stereo field, which was not as desired before, but now we live in the world of bass processing. stereo, with many large tracks using stereo effects all along the lower end of the mix. Along with this, there is a width control that increases or decreases the side information with a Solo Side button available to hear what you are affecting.
Nigel Beaumont, Managing Director of SSL, comments: âThis announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing legacy and future SSL production tools to a wider audience of music production and audio creation with plug-in versions. By offering different ownership options, we’re also making it easier for users to assess and then invest in this growing suite of authentic SSL authoring software tools.
Soon SSL announced a range of other plugins including tape echo, delay, and a de-esser that will be released each month to support their new subscription service.
Both of these plugins are available through SSL’s online store for $ 199 and as part of the SSL Native Complete Bundle for $ 14.99 per month.
Go to SSL for more information on these new plugins.