Let me start by saying that I love this plug-in. I've been using the SSL Buss Compressor across my master buss for years and just love the way it makes my mixes sound huge, but the new SSL G Series Compressor has really taken master buss compression to the next level. When compared side by side the new G Series seems to slam the mix more without getting out of control. So over all you end up with more volume and more clarity. This plug-in is a must have for anyone looking for a master buss compressor to mix into.
This is a great plugin!
It's great on the master to glue everything together!
Everything has being said about this fabulous plugin. As a master insert, it gives a tremendous dynamic while glueing all tracks together. A must have.
This thing is amazing! It adds wonderful punch and colour - I can't work without it from now on.
Really happy with this one. It just works, i find I like the sound of it quite a bit more than the Waves SSL buss comp. Just seems a bit more smooth. The meter seems to react more appropriately too As well, when you switch ratios it definitely does a familiar thing that the real 4k buss compressor does...
Recently I was asked by a mastering engineer if/what buss compression i used on a mix because it was really good. Was the first mix I did with this. Also, i've been mixing on a real SSL 4k for the last 4 years until recently when i moved primarily ITB
Doesn't work for all applications, but neither does the real 4k comp. Seems like the best re-creation i've heard yet...
I have used so far this plugin on the master channel. For my mixes it glues the whole mix together, the bass is smother and the mid and high frequencies are less harsh.
Overall, it makes the whole sound more radio ready. I use often on my master channel at first the SSL G Series Bus compressor to glue and smoothen the mix, followed by the UAD Precision Multiband to add again a little bit of glamour and high-end and finish up by a limiter. For me a must-have for everyone who wants to take the mix to the next level.
Once authorizing my duo I immediately started recording new music to use as buss compression shootout program material. I made bass heavy, acoustic, noisy, distorted, clean & polished, lofi, hifi whatever I could think of. To tell you the truth I wanted to like the Shadow Hills comp because it just looked so damn cool. This plugins graphics left something to be desired. It looks like the compressor Mario and Luigi would use to master their jams back in the Super Nintendo days. Well don't ever look at your computer screen when A/Bing its just a bad habit and will ruin your perspective on the sound. After about 20 minutes it was pretty obvious to me that this compressor just had the sound. Bass comes out, and the mix just sounds alive.
Don't even bother with the Waves SSL. They aren't EVEN close. Same settings and Waves is all over the place.
If you have ever used an SSL console or outboard SSL compressor, you will know how it sounds.
You don't have to tweak much to get it to change and react. As the hardware does.
You know how it sounds across the buss and across drums. Forget the others.
I have no comparison to the hardware, but to the SSL Duende Emulation. Compared with that, the "original" by SSL sounds a bit smoother and fresher. Anyway, i think this is a "fair" emulation...and - to stress this once more - i don´t know, how the hardware sounds.
I love this compressor very, very much. It brings the voice right to your face
Period. Or of course my opinion. Perhaps overstated but very true. It's that glue that brings the sound of the drum-kit together. Way outperforms similar emulations.
A "can't do without" magic plugin!
Awesome plugin on the master channel.
Producing rock music I like McDSP's Analog Channel but when it comes to pop-, house-, r&b and club tracks it's always this one that I use!
it is not just another bus compressor - i have tried a lot of native copy's of the ssl bus compressor because it is a really winner in the mixing process and finally found the one, that really works - especially on a drum-bus!
After using the same plugin with the waves bundle, to some degree of disappointment I was astounded by the UA version. I have been lucky enough to compare to the hardware version and this plugin and the difference is delightfully minimal. The only thing lacking with the plug in is the depth you get with the hardware, but at a fraction of the cost it is still amazing quality and value. Great on the master bus and for parallel drum processing. Highly recommended
I'm fortunate to work on an SSL4000 G and a 9000J on a regular basis. The bus compressor on the G is second to none, I love it. I find the gain staging of this plugin to be very close to that of the console. The plugin sounds very interesting on the 2:1 ratio, it's different than the console I find, but in a good way. I hear a healthy amount of character using the plugin at 2:1, where normally I would set the console bus comp at 4:1. I like this plugin a lot, it sounds and reacts great, very close to the real thing - much better than other SSL bus comp plugins.
I own every compresser that UAD has modeled and they are all great at what they do. But when it comes to glueing a track together this is king!
Why would I spend $250 for yet another compressor? I have so many compressors already -- it would have sound truly fantastic. I simply AB compared mixes that I was mastering with all the different compressors I own (waves, sony, all the other UAD compressors) and the SSL G series Bus Compressor and gladly spent the $250.
There's something magic into this compressor, as it was for its predecessor 4K.
Just patch it on the master buss, or a submix group (i.e. a whole drumset), and work a little on its ultra-simple knobs just to find the right setting: your mix will be instantly brought to life.
Absolutely a must-have.
This is my 'Go To' comp for mixing drums & Percussion via sub groups.
(Thats saying something! I love my drums and percussion!)
But of course it can be slapped on your master as well for final touches / Mastering duties.
I have used 4 different SSL plugs in the past, For me, This is the best one!
If your looking for something to 'glue' your sounds? This does the job wonderfully & more!
Very close to the real thing recreation on this plug in. Unless you have the space and money for the real thing, this is as close as you can get. Very functional and open or harsh as you want it to be.
An excellent recreation of this compressor with its unique sound. Very punchy and I think sonically superior to its rivals.