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SSL unveils 6th color for the Fusion
Old 12th October 2020
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SSL unveils 6th color for the Fusion

Oxford, UK — Just two years after its launch at AES in 2018, Solid State Logic’s Fusion outboard processor has become an indispensable tool for the modern hybrid studio. With an incredibly versatile set of features for tracking, mixing and mastering, Fusion introduced five distinct colours to help users realize the perfect combination of added tonal character, weight and space to stereo stems — with the detail, warmth and finesse that only real analogue circuits can provide. Now, SSL unveils a sixth colour, already present in Fusion: a full-band LMC processor with wet/dry control.

“Part of the mystique within SSL’s music creation tools is how they give back over time.” commented Andy Jackson, Studio Product Manager of Solid State Logic “During the development of FUSION, we experimented and trailed many variants of the five analogue circuits. One variant of particular interest was an alternative mode for the HF Compressor section, making it operate across the full audio spectrum. As the design of the HF Compressor section was based on the legendary SSL Listen Mic Compressor circuit, it came as no surprise that this alternative mode sounded damn cool. Two years on, it's finally time to reveal this special audio treat to our FUSION family, giving everyone a sixth "secret" colour to get creative with.”


By pushing and holding the HF Compressor button on Fusion’s front panel for five seconds, users can unlock ‘full band LMC mode’. When in LMC mode, the X-OVER knob turns into a ‘Wet/Dry’ control — providing the ultimate LMC processing with parallel control. This feature already exists in all Fusion units, no update required.

The SSL Listen Mic Compressor — whose origins derive from the famed SSL 4000 series consoles — was a ‘secret weapon’ among producers and many say was the catalyst for that 80’s drum sound, which prominently features tracks of the era, including the classic ‘In The Air Tonight’ by Phil Collins. Originally designed to prevent overloading the return feed from a studio communications mic, the LMC’s fixed attack and release curves were soon discovered to be eminently suitable on drums, and equally interesting on guitars, vocals and many other instruments.

Fusion's 6th colour facts
Available on ALL Fusion stereo analogue processors
Full band LMC processor
Classic LMC fixed attack and release times
X-Over switches to wet/dry mix control
You can now smash everything

Old 13th October 2020
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Just posted about this in the product announcement thread but had to here as well as I'm super pumped! (haha get it?)

Anyway 'jokes' aside: I ordered one less than 12 hours ago then this gets announced and I find out I have a full range SSL comp thrown in (albeit a basic one) I was already sold on the unit but this is a very nice bit of icing!!!
Old 13th October 2020
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It’s the LMC, which although is full range, it is not akin to their quad bus comp. Just clarifying Incase some are confused. None the less, very stoked to have this little accidental gift! Next we’re going to find out that if you press in the transformer button and boost the bottom end all the way up, you can create a black hole!
Old 13th October 2020
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Why use two years to tell people this? Or is it "hidden" in the original manual somewhere?

Cool feature, but strange introduction
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Originally Posted by BM Grabber ➡️
Why use two years to tell people this? Or is it "hidden" in the original manual somewhere?

Cool feature, but strange introduction
I've read that manual cover to cover more than once, and never saw anything about it.

They either didn't know that the circuit was capable of doing this. Or they made a business decision not to mention it to not spook mastering engineers about a circuit added that might be misconstrued as a "bad idea" as it relates to mastering. Avoiding a 1000 post long thread on gearslutz distracting from the heart of the product, and also bitching about how SSL added a pointless processor for mastering and mix buss processing.
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