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SSL E-Channel

The classic SSL console sound: 4-band EQ, compressor/limiter, expander/gate
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The SSL That Modernized Recording


Solid State Logic’s SL 4000 series of consoles was the first to incorporate not just EQ, but dynamics processing in every channel. This “channel strip” concept revolutionized workflow, because the crucial elements needed to optimize a channel’s sound were in one place, right at your fingertips.

Decades later, the E-series’ classic status has been reborn in hip hop and pop genres—thanks to the smooth yet punchy dynamics, and the bright, clear sound of the famed “black knob” EQ.

  • Developed under license and in close collaboration with SSL
  • Incorporates the “black knob” EQ developed with George Martin
  • 4-band EQ (2 shelf and 2 parametric stages), dual filters
  • Internal dynamics sidechaining, with switchable source
  • Smooth, soft-knee compressor/limiter
  • CPU-efficient for use with large, demanding multitrack projects
Watch It in Action

Give Your Music the Unmistakable SSL Console Sound

  • The Classic Sound of SSL Circuitry

    The E-Channel models the SSL 4000E’s VCA-based gain element, Class A operation, and original behavior of the filter and dynamics never being out of the circuit—even when set to 0 gain and no dynamics. The circuitry’s sound is always there.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Legendary SSL EQ: Bright, Bold, Present

    The SSL E’s 4-band parametric EQ section features the renowned Black Knob EQ, developed in 1983 with legendary producer George Martin. The Black knob’s bright, bold, present sound—a result of its constant frequency bandwidth—has become a signature in modern popular music. Choose a gentle shelf response for the high and low filter stages, or a bell curve for more surgical edits.

  • Sculpt Your Sound with Daring SSL Dynamics

    The dynamics section features a soft-knee compressor/limiter and a separate expander/gate. As in the original console, you can place Dynamics before or after the filters and EQ, to tailor how the dynamics react—for example, cut lows before compression to tame a heavy kick. Makeup gain is applied automatically to maintain a steady output level.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Flexible Sidechaining

    SSL also took sidechaining further. Not only can you switch the EQ or filters into the sidechain, but switch the filters and EQ into the sidechain to “tune” the control signal with even greater precision.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Over 130 All-Star Presets

    Presets from Grammy-winning mix engineers and producers Chris Lord-Alge, Steve Lillywhite, Dave Pensado, Dave Darlington, Joe Barresi, Dave Aron, Thom Russo, and others cover a huge variety of superb sounds for vocals, drums, guitars, piano, keys, synths and strings.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material