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How To Listen: SSL Compressor Edition

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In the latest edition to our How To Listen series, award-winning engineer Fab Dupont explains one of the most famous compressors of all time, the SSL Bus Compressor.

Known for it's predestined use on the 2 bus of SSL consoles, it was quickly revered by many engineers as the secret glue for mixes. Fast forward 30 years, and there is a myriad of emulations in both the hardware and software domains, and it continues to find it's way on to countless productions.

In this tutorial, Fab explains:

  • The controls of the SSL Buss Compressor
  • What an I/O Loop Insert is so that you can hear the tonal impact of going through converters when using hardware inserts
  • How to calibrate levels when using external hardware for a fair level matched comparison
  • The effect of Pan Law
  • Multiple styles of compression on the 2 Bus, Drum Bus, and Synth Bass, giving you a wide range of options with one compressor.
  • How to listen to the differences between the hardware and different software emulations.

After you have seen the video, download the presets Fab creates in the video and the example files to put what Fab taught you to use.

Learn how to get the most out of one of the most coveted compressors in history, from Fab Dupont. Only on pureMix.net

Exercise files
Chapters
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Equipment & Software
  • UAD SSL G Bus Compressor
  • Process.Audio Decibel
  • Solid State Logic XLogic G Series Compressor
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Mentors
Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a Grammy winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of pureMix.net.

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has been nominated for Grammys 6 times, including two Latin Grammys and has received many other accolades around the world, including Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards and US independent music awards.

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Queen Latifah

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Mark Ronson

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Toots And The Maytals

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demixstudio
2019 Dec 14
Super, super informative! Thx! (when compared, I did prefer your hardware unit)
prula
2019 Dec 07
Thanks, really helpful! I learned a lot! In the end you said that the UAD vs you hardware might sound different, because they modeled a different Compressor, as every compressor is slightly different. I think the hardware sounded MUCH better then the UAD Software. I am wondering if I would feel that way, if you would compare 3 other SSL hardware units to the Plugin. If all of the hardware units would sound better than the plugin, I will get me hardware! Thanks for the Video!
ProMix
2019 Dec 07
I have SSL Buss Comp in my AWS console and it's very help me this video . thanks Fab
chris.massa
2019 Dec 04
lol. the smell of the 80's.
alexmreis
2019 Dec 04
Brilliant lesson Fab, have learned more about compression and what to listen for here than in 20 years of lessons, mixing and sharing with others. Keep them coming! Maybe do one on the 1176? :)
Mister Branch
2019 Dec 02
Clear! en very important fundamentals, thanks Fab.
estudio@4emusic.es
2019 Dec 01
Información imoortsnte, debería estas con subtitulos en Español!
slammy80
2019 Nov 30
Excellent and clearly done, as always Fab!
rickdrumss
2019 Nov 30
thank you Fab! very informative!
cfw0047
2019 Nov 29
Another in a long line of clear, concise, professional videos - and thanks for consistently making me happy with my choice of UA plugins/interface.
frederick.a
2019 Nov 29
Very good tutorial, really was able to get what he was talking about. Did not know the software has that vibe the analog has.
krinzo
2019 Nov 29
More UAD plugins tuts pls!
maskdance
2019 Nov 29
Great ! I like this series. it would be better if there are subtitles.
pabloquijano
2019 Nov 28
en español por favor
Wade
2019 Nov 28
The basic fundamentals are what you need in any learning environment. You have always left the choice to us children, but always apprise us of the reasoning behind a particular concept. In this case the SSL. As always very informative... thanks Fab!
jessrho
2019 Nov 27
Thanks Fab! Got ta know the fundamentals.
andymae
2019 Nov 27
Great video. Thanks.
L Pass
2019 Nov 27
Very cool.
jerboythegreat
2019 Nov 27
Teaching fundamentals at it's best. Truly useful and instructive.
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