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SSL hardware for your SSL software

UC1 is a hardware plug-in controller like no other. Dedicated knob-per-function Channel EQ and Dynamics controls, centre section featuring full Bus Compressor controls and authentic moving-coil gain reduction meter combine to offer the most creative, intuitive, and ultimately effective way of controlling your 360°-enabled SSL channel strip and Bus Compressor plug-ins.




SSL production tools are the benchmark for studio ergonomics and workflow. UC1 draws on decades of analogue and digital console design to develop an intelligent and deeply integrated SSL plug-in control surface that lets you focus on your production goals and not the process. 

UC1’s layout of encoders, switches and colour groupings offer professional SSL console ergonomics seamlessly integrated with our 360°-enabled channel strip and Bus Compressor plug-ins. Multiple parameters can be controlled simultaneously and precisely, equipping you with a production tool that nurtures muscle memory, provides unmatched sonic flexibility and inspires operator confidence. To expand your hybrid workflow further, accompany with the UF8 Advanced DAW Controller.

Virtual SSL Console 

At the heart of every UC1 system is the SSL 360° Plug-in Mixer, a place to view and control all of your Channel strips and Bus Compressors in one place. The Plug-in Mixer offers a new and exciting way of interacting with your plug-ins, allowing you to adopt a true console-like approach to mixing in-the-box. Mix and match different channel strip flavours within to create your own hybrid SSL console sound.


SSL sound and workflow 

UC1 provides dedicated controls of all key SSL 360°-enabled channel strip plug-in parameters. EQ, Filters, Compressor and Gate/Expander controls offer the same configuration and visual feedback as found on large-format SSL consoles, allowing you to quickly home in on your channel processing sweet spot. SSL plug-ins are the only plug-ins designed by the team of SSL engineers at HQ in Oxford, with exclusive access to the original data sheets and specifications from which the consoles were made.

4K B Plug-in

Full of tone, punch and rich non-linear analogue character, the 4K B is a detailed emulation of the legendary SL 4000 console B channel strip. The iconic sound of the SL 4000 B console is synonymous with records that emerged from London’s famous Townhouse Studio 2, the ‘Stone Room’ in the late 70’s, early 80’s.

Channel Strip 2 Plug-in

Developed from our digital modelling of the renowned XL 9000K console, SSL Native Channel Strip 2 gives you everything you need to get that radio-ready, modern SSL sound in your DAW. Clean, linear tone shaping for maximum flexibility. Switch between classic E and G-Series EQ curves.

Bus Compressor 2

The centre section compressor from SSL’s 1980’s G Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is the secret behind countless classic recordings. Bus Compressor 2 Plug-in boasts a host of enhancements, including Attack, Release and Compression ratios for added flexibility with individual sounds and subgroups, in addition to inbuilt wet/dry and S/C HPF control, as well as switchable 2x and 4x Oversampling.



Bus Compressor


At the heart of UC1 are the Bus Compressor controls that talk directly to SSL Native Bus Compressor 2. The authentic layout and metering feels like you’re controlling a hardware bus comp built into the centre section of an SSL console. With a classic moving-coil gain reduction meter as found on SSL consoles since the 1970’s, it represents the Bus Compressors time constants and gain reduction characteristics perfectly for producers and engineers to know exactly how it’s reacting with their instruments, sub groups and of course mix bus.








Move to your production groove 

Over the course of a session, workflow changes depending on the task in hand. We understand this and that’s why we made sure UC1 offers the tools, visual feedback and total synchronisation between hardware and software required to allow you to work the way you want at any given time. Get hands-on with the UC1 hardware, adjust parameters with the mouse in the individual plug-ins or immerse yourself in the Plug-in Mixer - changes are always synchronised across all software and hardware.










UC1 & UF8

"You can flow over everything just like you would over an analogue console.”

Adrian Hall (Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Depeche Mode and many others)






Production speed, processing control and creative agility 



Every detail of UC1 has been implemented to keep you in control and informed of how your mix is reacting to processing. Dedicated front panel encoders accompanied by an on-board hi-res display allow you to move quickly between instances of SSL 360°-enabled channel strips and Bus Compressors directly from the surface. You can also load presets, as well as alter the channel strip process order. All of this feedback and control means, unlike many other controllers, you don't have to look at your DAW when driving UC1. 


Features

  • Legendary SSL workflow and console ergonomics meets the power of SSL 360°-enabled channel strip plug-ins and Bus Compressor 2 
  • Every UC1 purchase includes licenses for 4K B, Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins
  • Seamlessly control 4K B, Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins directly from UC1
  • Authentic moving-coil Bus Compressor gain reduction meter, driven digitally from the SSL Native Bus Compressor plug-ins
  • SSL Plug-in Mixer (hosted in SSL 360°) provides a place to view and control of your Channel strips and Bus Compressors, all from one screen
  • Muscle-memory operation and constant visual feedback via the smart LED rings
  • UC1 display tells you which 360°-enabled channel strip and Bus Compressor plug-in UC1 is currently focused on
  • UC1 display gives you a value readout of the control currently being turned
  • Load Plug-in Presets and change Channel Strip process ordering (routing) directly from UC1
  • Switch between 3 different DAWs that are connected to the Plug-in Mixer
  • High Quality all metal enclosure, with a brushed anodised top plate
  • Hi-Speed USB connection to computer
  • Powered by SSL 360° Mac and Windows software



SSL 360° App & Plug-in Mixer

SSL 360° is the command centre and brains behind UC1. It’s a cross-platform application for Mac and Windows. Installing is quick and easy. Once installed SSL 360° allows you acess to the Plug-in Mixer, a place to view and control of your 360°-enabled channel strips and Bus Compressors from one place. You can find SSL 360° on the Downloads page - just select ‘SSL UC1’ from the drop-down list.


SSL 360°-enabled Plug-ins

Perpetual licenses for 4K B, SSL Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plug-ins are included with UC1. Click here to log into your SSL account and claim your plug-in licenses.

Full of tone, punch and rich non-linear analogue character, the 4K B is a detailed emulation of the legendary SL 4000 console B channel strip. The iconic sound of the SL 4000 B console is synonymous with records that emerged from London’s famous Townhouse Studio 2, the ‘Stone Room’ in the late 70’s, early 80’s.

Channel Strip 2 is a fully-featured Channel Strip, based on digital modelling of the EQ and Dynamics curves from the legendary XL 9000 K SuperAnalogue console. Clean, linear tone shaping for maximum flexibility. Switch between classic E and G-Series EQ curves.

Bus Compressor 2 is the ultimate SSL Bus Compressor plug-in, featuring additional Ratio, Attack and Release options and oversampling.

DAW Integration

Pro Tools®, Logic Pro®, Cubase™ / Nuendo™, Ableton® Live™, Studio One®, REAPER® and LUNA™ DAWs are officially supported by UC1 & The Plug-in Mixer

How does my DAW work with UC1/SSL 360° Plug-in Mixer?

The table below details how your SSL 360°-enabled channel strips integrate with your DAW and UC1/SSL 360° Plug-in Mixer.

System Requirements

SSL 360° software must be installed on your Mac or Windows computer in order to use SSL UC1. SSL 360° is available from the Downloads page.

SSL 360°, 4K B, Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 - Operating System Requirements

Mac - 10.15 (Catalina), 11 Big Sur (M1/ARM Native & Intel Supported), 12 Monterey (M1/ARM Native & Intel Supported)

Windows 10, Windows 11 (including 12th Gen Intel Machines)

SSL Native Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 Plug-ins

64-Bit Hosts

AAX Native, AU, VST3 and VST Plug-ins

Software Licensing Requirements

SSL User Account – to claim your plug-in licenses

iLok Account – to authorise your plug-in licenses to

Screen Resolution Requirements

1280 × 960

Computer Hardware Requirements

Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 (or comparable AMD processor) CPU running at 2.4GHz or higher

8GB RAM or more is recommended.

Internet-connection for software updates from SSL 360° application

UC1 Physical Specification

Dimensions:

11.8” x 10.5” x 2.4” / 300 x 266 x 61mm (Width X Depth X Height)

Weight:

Unboxed 4.6lbs / 2.1kg 

Boxed 9.9lbs / 4.5kg

Software and documents for UC1 and SSL 360° 

Looking for your free SSL plug-in licenses for your UC1? Login to your SSL account and click REGISTER PRODUCT to gain access. Watch our tutorial video here for a step-by-step guide if you need help.

 

Previous versions of SSL 360° software can be found here.

SSL 360° v1.4.23 Software (Mac)

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SSL 360° v1.4.23 Software (Windows)

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4K B Plug-in v1.1.6 (Mac)

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4K B Plug-in v1.1.6 (Windows)

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Channel Strip 2 Plug-in v2.1.4 (Mac)

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Channel Strip 2 Plug-in v2.1.4 (Windows)

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Bus Compressor 2 Plug-in 1.1.24 (Mac)

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Bus Compressor 2 Plug-in v1.1.24 (Windows)

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UC1 User Guide

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