Softube SSL XL 9000 K series for Console 1 Plug in - Download
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While Solid State Logic's SL 4000 E is widely
considered a great pop and rock'n'roll console with its slightly gritty
and forward sound, the circuit design of XL 9000 K offers an extreme
bandwidth, minimal phase shift and super low distortion. This makes it
one of the world's most popular analog consoles for hip-hop and R'n'B,
where the solid, deep low end and extended highs work great for getting
that hyper modern, large and wide sound. For the same reasons, it is
also loved for classical and acoustic audiophile recordings.
XL 9000 K is a very clean console. In order to still have the option of
using distortion creatively, we added a model of Solid State Logic's VHD
(Variable Harmonic Drive) circuit, which is part of the Duality series
consoles and Alpha channel preamps. The Drive knob on Console 1
determines the amount of distortion, and the Character knob moves the
added distortion from 2nd order (more tube-like) to 3rd order (more
transistor-like), or any in-between blend—just like on its analog
Furthermore, the Shape section of the XL 9000 K for Console 1 features a
fully controllable gate unit, where the Punch and Sustain knobs control
Range and Hold levels. This makes it more individually controllable
compared to the SL 4000 E model, where a fast workflow was prioritized.
The compressor can be switched between Peak and RMS modes, which gives a
wide range of options. The equalizer is clean, smooth and natural.
When the first 9000 series console came out in in the mid-1990s, it
represented a breakthrough in analog circuitry design. The sound path is
entirely capacitor-free, in order to keep a perfect signal integrity
and low distortion. The XL 9000 K was the last and most developed
version of the 9000 series, released in 2002. It is this version that
forms the backbone of Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Studios, Wyclef Jean and
Jerry Wonda's Platinum Sound, while Michael Brauer uses a slightly
older 9000 J in his room in Electric Lady Studios.
- Wide, large, smooth sound
- VHD (Variable Harmonic Drive) model added
- Extended gate and compressor features