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The SSL UC1 plugin controller brings a legendary workflow to your DAW

SSL is revered for its consoles but has been on a mission to bring that workflow in the box. The latest instalment: the UC1 plugin controller.

Following up their recent release of the UF8 Daw controller, Solid State Logic has released the revolutionary UC1, a controller specifically built to give its user in-hand access to the Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 plugins. Keeping consistent with past SSL products, the UC1 offers acclaimed ergonomics and multi-function control over the two plugins.

The key component of the UC1 is the SSL 360° plug-in mixer, which gives its users complete control over all Channel Strip and Bus Compressor instances via a virtual console that can be accessed via your desktop or laptop, and therefore, a studio and console-like mixing experience.

The virtual mixing desk interface offered by the UC1
Photo: Solid State Logic

The hardware side of the UC1 screams high end, with what SSL is calling ‘studio quality’ encoders, switches and feedback LEDs, as well as a moving coil Bus Compressor gain reduction meter. This is all encased within an all-metal casing with a brushed and anodised top plate and connects to your device via USB.

The UC1 is primed and ready for use from the second you plug it in, with licenses for both the Channel Strip 2 and Bus Compressor 2 shipping with the unit.

SSL UC1 Overview Image
Photo: Solid State Logic

Managing director of SSL, Nigel Beaumont, has made a statement regarding the UC1, enthused about the potential it offers.

“With the addition of UC1, we now provide a series of studio-quality, affordable production hardware controllers with our signature SSL design approach”, he says.

“From music production recording and mixing to exacting audio finessing for post-production, the UC1 adds a level of detailed control and response for classic SSL EQs and compression, traditionally only found on a full-blown SSL console. With plans to expand our plugin offerings in the future, we will bring more of our heritage and modern processing tools to these exciting products.”

The UC1 is currently available for $849 USD plus tax. For more information, check out the video below or head to the Solid State Logic website here.