SSL announces The Bus+, the “ultimate incarnation” of the legendary SSL Bus Compressor

“An eminently versatile cornerstone piece of equipment for the modern studio and one that is ready for any genre of music.”

Solid State Logic The Bus+
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Solid State Logic has announced the successor to its venerable Bus Compressor, The Bus+, calling it “the ultimate and most versatile incarnation of the Bus Compressor ever.”

The Bus Compressor is one of the most revered pieces of SSL analogue studio hardware. It’s used to augment mixes in many of the world’s top studios and is synonymous with the SSL sound. The new BUS+ is a 2U rack unit building on the original design of the Bus Compressor, which first appeared in 1976 on SSL’s 4000 B console.

The unit modernises the design of its predecessor with new processing tools and sonic colouration options, including four modes of operation: Classic Stereo, Σ S/C Stereo, Dual Mono and Mid-Side, as well as three distinct compression colours: Low THD, F/B and 4K Mode. The Bus+ boasts time constant settings, including Auto 2 and compression ratios, and a new 2-band parallel Dynamic Equaliser, the D-EQ, with compression and expansion modes as well as adjustable frequency selection.

Product Manager Andy Jackson said, “From the outset of this project, our goal was to make the best incarnation of the Bus Compressor ever and we are happy that we have achieved this. Using our original Bus Compressor design as the foundation, we’ve extended its sonic palette to make The Bus+ an eminently versatile cornerstone piece of equipment for the modern studio and one that is ready for any genre of music.

We’ve enhanced the Bus Compressor in almost every aspect. New Attack/Release settings, three compression colours which can be used individually or combined and an extremely powerful analogue Dynamic EQ section – these take The Bus+ right to the forefront of what dynamic processors are capable of.”

The Bus+ is available now, priced at £1,699 / $2,899 / €2,099.

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