Plugin Boutique’s massive 89% OFF sale on the Solid State Logic Native Essentials Bundle expires in less than 24 hours.
The good news is that the Solid State Logic Native Essentials Bundle is currently available for only $49.99 (that’s 89% OFF its regular $479 price). The bad news is that the deal expires on May 1st, so there are less than 24 hours left to get this incredible discount.
The bundle contains a pair of Solid State Logic plugins that promise to deliver a console-like mixing experience within the comfort of your DAW.
The first is the SSL Native Channel Strip 2, a console-style channel strip with filtering, EQ, compression, etc. The components are modeled after the SSL 9000K console channel strip.
“The SSL Native Channel Strip 2 Plug-in delivers the legendary tone, features, and workflow of an SSL 9000K console channel strip, now featuring SSL’s proprietary ‘Anti-Cramping’ technology and external Side Chain input.”
The bundle also includes the SSL Native Bus Compressor 2 which is designed to “glue” the stereo bus channels in your DAW.
“Few pieces of gear are as universally revered as the SSL G-Series center section bus compressor, and now it’s available as an SSL-designed native plug-in. Celebrated for its ability to glue a mix together to make it “sound like a record,” the SSL Bus Compressor has a distinctly musical response that retains the dynamic integrity of a mix even at higher compression ratios.”
If you’re interested in adding a Solid State Logic plugin to your mixing and mastering arsenal, hurry up because this deal expires on May 1st.
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More info: Solid State Logic Native Essentials Bundle (deal expires on May 1st!)
Okay, I tried to resist. I really tried. Turned out SSL must be Borg, because it tought me that “resistance is futile”.
I already own a couple of SSL channelstrips and EQs. So why should there be a need for yet another one?
I thought I could give it a chance, at least. To prove that there is a point in getting what I basically already got. So I downloaded the demo.
I was aware of the fact that this would be the 9000-series EQ but the dynamics section should be somewhat comparable to all the 4000 emulations I have. As well as the bus compressor.
I loaded the channelstrip into the insert slot of my drumgroup, set the threshold and I was stunned. How was it possible that thing sounded so much better?? Vivid, 3-dimensional, somehow “analog”. Okay, now I got curious; I dialed in some EQing and it was ridiculously good! Being aware that I just have the SSL4000 EQs in my arsenal I tried to match the EQ-curve with an ordinary EQ-plugin by using Bertom’s EQ curve analyzer. Not only was it hard to match the shelf curves, the behaviour of the knobs of the SSL EQ had their own character (which is more of a workflow thing) so it was hard to convince myself there wasn’t any benefit for my own mixing workflow. This EQ just “feels” right.
Also the bus compressor was a surprise. Let’s be honest, there are so many emulations out there, how different could that one be? I put it on my whole mix and it glued it together with that same strange wonderful analog character. In comparison, even my trusty old Cytomic “the Glue” didn’t make it to lift my mix out of the digital realm with such an ease.
So…I ended up spending the money, even though I didn’t want to. It is just too good.
Haha, I know the feeling. I’ve trained myself to never buy plugins (or anything else) instantly. Give it at least a few days. If I still want it (or think I needed it) then it’s OK to purchase if it’s a good deal.