SSL unveils new Fusion Vintage Drive and Fusion Stereo Image plugins

SSL (Solid State Logic) has lifted the lid on two brand new plugins in the form of the Fusion Vintage Drive and Fusion Stereo Image.

The dual release kicks off SSL’s new DAW plugin development programme, which will see scheduled monthly releases of new software production tools. The company will also launch a series of tape echo, delay and de-esser processing plugins before April 2022. All plugins will be available individually or as part of the SSL Complete Bundle subscription pack.

The new SSL Fusion Vintage Drive and Fusion Stereo Image plugins are modelled on the acclaimed Fusion analogue hardware processor. They will be complemented over the coming months by additional Fusion favourite processing colours, Violet EQ, HF Compressor and Transformer.

The SSL Fusion Vintage Drive plug-in is based on the Vintage Drive section of the SSL Fusion, bringing its non-linear saturation circuit characteristics directly to the DAW. The Density and Drive controls on the plugin are designed to interact to produce harmonics, soft-clipping and natural compression.

Meanwhile, the SSL Fusion Stereo Image plugin is also modelled on the SSL Fusion hardware unit with reference to the original analogue circuit designs. Width and Space controls allow users to access a digital version of the Fusion's mid-side circuit directly in the DAW for detailed spatial manipulation of the stereo field.

These and all upcoming plugins are compatible with all major DAWs and computer operating systems, and support VST2, VST3, AAX and AU plug-in formats.

Nigel Beaumont, SSL managing director, commented: “This announcement demonstrates our commitment to provide SSL legacy and future production tools to a wider audience of music production and audio creatives with plug-in versions. By providing different ownership options, we are also simplifying how users can evaluate and then invest in this hugely-expanding suite of authentic SSL creative software tools.”

All individual Fusion plug-in perpetual licenses will be priced at $199/€159/£139 ex local taxes and will be available with an early adopters 25% discount for the first 30 days from their launch. Alternatively, they will be available as part of the SSL Complete Bundle Subscription, currently only $14.99 per/month.

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