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SSL Launch THE BUS+

Solid State Logic (SSL) announces THE BUS+, the ultimate and most versatile incarnation of its Bus Compressor ever. The Bus Compressor, which is relied upon by many of the world’s top engineers and producers for making their mixes sound bigger and more complete with drive and energy, is perhaps the most significant, single piece of analogue processing equipment that is synonymous with the SSL sound.

For many of the world’s top engineers and producers, the Bus Compressor continues to be the most relied upon processing tool for making mixes sound bigger and more complete, with drive and energy from adding that legendary SSL glue and punch.

THE BUS+ is a new 2U rack unit that builds on the original bedrock design of the Bus Compressor, which first appeared on SSL’s 4000 B console in 1976. Remaining faithful to the original circuit design, THE BUS+ features 2181 THAT VCA’s in its audio path and offers the classic time constants and compression ratios which have glued records together for over four decades. Analyzing feedback from keyusers and looking at modern production workflow, including how the plug-in equivalents are being utilized, several new processing tools and sonic colouration options feature on THE BUS+ including, four modes of operation: Classic Stereo, Σ S/C Stereo, Dual Mono and Mid-Side, and three distinct compression colours: LOW THD, F/B and 4K MODE. New time constant settings, including ‘Auto 2’ and compression ratios are also added to the THE BUS+ to create ‘the compressor package’.

In addition to its compression versatility, THE BUS+ features an all-new powerful 2-band parallel Dynamic Equaliser (the D-EQ), with compression/expansion modes and adjustable frequency selection. To round things off, innovation is found in almost every area of THE BUS+, including the use of stepped pots, read by a microcontroller that manages the analogue circuit, making make THE BUS+ not only perfect for mixing but also for precision-tasks such as mastering.

Key features:

• The ultimate, most versatile incarnation of the Bus Compressor ever
• Authentic SSL Bus Compressor circuit utilising high-performance 2181 THAT VCAs.
• 4 modes of operation – Classic Stereo, S/C Stereo, Dual Mono or Mid-Side.
• New Attack and Release time constant options – more flexibility to shape the Bus Compressor, including the new ‘Auto 2’ setting.
• 3 distinct compression colouration options, which can be combined or used individually:
– 4K Mode – single VCA operation with variable harmonic distortion to bring some ‘grit’ and ‘grunge’ to the mix.
– LOW THD Mode reduces low-frequency distortion caused by compression, cleaning up the bottom-end.
– F/B Mode alters the compression characteristics for a more ‘relaxed’ style of compression.

• Outstanding sonic performance and stepped pots designed for mastering and precision processing applications.
• Built-in 2-band Dynamic EQ (D-EQ).
• Transient Expander.
• Configurable processing order – Bus Compressor pre D-EQ (default) or post.
• External side-chain inputs and sends.
• Variable side-chain High-Pass Filter control up to 300 Hz in 10 Hz steps.
• Mix control for instant parallel compression.

SSL distributed in Australia by Amber Technology

AUS Retail – $4,199.00 Availability Mid-Late May 2022