100 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Computer into an SSL Mixing Console

  • February 24, 2017 at 9:26 am
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    I will NOT let you mix my record! You're anyhow playing with the SSL!

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  • February 24, 2017 at 9:56 am
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    Hi, what about the argument that you need to use K Metering (minus 14dB or minus 20db) to mix through modelled plugins, because the output of digital is so much higher than it would have been from it was in the analogue days???

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  • February 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    "A paycheck's a paycheck, right? Ya can't hate that.”

    deadmau5

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  • February 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm
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    Yeah Graham!!!!

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  • February 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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    I'm totally going to do this. is why I haven't thought of it!

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  • February 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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    10 minutes in, I was 100% sure, it was Graham's channel lmao

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  • February 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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    1. Sell your computer.
    2. Sell your car.
    3. Sell your house.
    4. Sell your kids.
    5. Sell a kidney.
    6. Buy an SSL mixing console.

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  • February 26, 2017 at 6:24 pm
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    UAD is better than waves though. Also you legally have to disclose if you were paid to promote a product on your video. It's been a law for almost a year now.

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  • February 27, 2017 at 1:39 am
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    I don't really hear a snare drum in there. There's something that sounds more like a high tom. And the acoustic guitar seems pointless. Can't hear it and has no real effect. Any regular member of the public listener wouldn't hear or miss it.

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  • February 27, 2017 at 4:04 am
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    UAD sound way better!

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  • February 27, 2017 at 5:29 am
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    I spent a good amount of time with Reason when I got back into DAW's around Reason 3. After Reason 5, I stopped and moved to Ableton. What was interesting about Reason 5 and when it was separated as Record was the SSL 9000k. After watching years worth of tutorials an engineer who was born and raised mixing on the SSL 9000k did a youtube video on how to use it in Reason and he mentions to start with the Master Bus compressor turned on. I was like …huh? What frustrated me about the workflow is to someone who has not been to school for audio engineering it is not intuitive. My final mixes I abandoned in Reason simply because after getting everything sounding the way I wanted it to the exported audio would drop several db and didn't sound the way it was in the studio monitors especially when moved to another system. And so, I dove into the world of VSTs and Ableton. Now years later, I'm going to dive into Pro-tools with a ton of research into waves audio, uad and other things to help a mix. Ideally, I feel now I can finish my tracks but I'd rather hire someone who has been to school for this sort of thing or has a good ear and talent for it. Not everyone does. And I feel it is money well spent to send on your audio stems to a professional. I'd love to do it myself but an engineer is really best seeing their ears will be unbiased and that is just as important as the plug-ins.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 4:47 am
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    FIRE…. GREAT TUTORIAL

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  • February 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    I like these plugins and any other Waves plugin but if you want SSL buy SSL plugins.

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  • March 1, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    its WANK.

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  • March 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm
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    One helluva marketing BS title

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  • March 5, 2017 at 2:52 am
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    Graham recently made a podcast making a case against third party plugins, and here he is marketing third party plugins.

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  • March 5, 2017 at 7:47 am
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    Boy, I bet if Graham shit into a bucket he could make it sound good.

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  • March 5, 2017 at 1:43 pm
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    0:07 You can not get Software plug ins to replicate the an SSL. You can emulate it but there is no way in hell the caps, diodes, components on a motherboard and CPU are going to exactly replicate the SSL. This video is merely a sales pitch. However, these are great plug ins. they sound amazing. Just don't think your going to have an exact copy of an SSL desk.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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    What about waves nls?

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  • March 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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    I'm sure I read somewhere that the plugins add an analogue interpolation so that 2 channels with the same audio, same SSL plug in with the same settings will sound different to mimic the different in the analogue path. I also find that when wearing a button down collar, I think it sounds better when those buttons are engaged but that's just personal opinion.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 2:09 am
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    And knowing Waves, it probably costs as much as an actual SSL 4000 console.

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  • March 14, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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    Ultimately if you are creating music for the youth market, you dont need an SSL (either real or virtual), super expensive monitors etc as most of the listeners will be playing your music out of crappy Apple ear plugs or worse out of the speaker on their phone from crappy MP3 files that have been compressed to buggery.

    Music has come full circle from the days when teens would play singles on cheap record players with built in tinny speakers to now where most dont even own a decent stereo and play everything on their phone or laptop.

    Now if you are mixing music for old gits (like me) or for film soundtracks, then thats another story.

    But visit most large studios now and most use their SSL/Neve desks as expensive coffee tables as most of their action goes via a ProTools rig. Unless you are regularly recording 60 piece orchestras or Metal drummers with their Double Kick 20 piece kits, you really only need about 8 channels of I/O at any one time.

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  • March 16, 2017 at 12:53 am
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    How many albums has Graham produced using an SSL console?

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  • March 16, 2017 at 3:59 am
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    Now ……………… wouldn`t it be good if the visuals of the Plugins could be embedded into the daw so that you could see all of them at a glance like the real thing without having to open/close them each time ?

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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:27 am
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    If you compared this with an actual SSL, the difference would blow your mind.

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  • March 24, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    WTF!!! this guy have not medium or major credits, his mixes are mehh and now is being glorified??? The audio World is becoming so lame and commercial. Plus this video is for Fools, nothing special here…Waves is so sad where you are going!

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  • March 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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    Hey Graham! Thanks for the great tips. I would love to try using this method as a starting point in my mixes.

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  • March 27, 2017 at 5:30 am
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    how did you put the plugin into every track at the same time? keyboard shortcuts?

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  • March 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm
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    "How to turn your computer into an SSL Mixing Console for 800$ dollars"

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  • March 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    Thanks, your the best. Keep up the good work.

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  • April 2, 2017 at 5:38 am
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    inserting SLL 4000 plugs on 48 tracks….CPU(?) I Love U!

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  • April 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm
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    The "Hosa Guy" after watching his video about "Mixing in Mono, the secret" I lost total respect for this dude..what a terrible video, total no sense…the amount of BS
    there is just a fools catcher

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  • April 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    Fantastic idea, but my questions are these, 1.)will it be using the computer's CPU?(2.)How many instruments can a plugin like that handle at a time?

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  • April 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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    Why can't I hear any differences? I think I have to change my monitor speakers.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 2:29 am
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    What would be great is if Waves had a "vertical" view mode on the SSL channel strip to look more like the console strip, the scheps 73 has a + – fader mode?!

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  • May 4, 2017 at 5:19 am
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    if youre computer can handle this amount of indivudual channels.

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  • May 25, 2017 at 3:30 am
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    Just use Reason, then you PC will be an SSL with many more things. Reason 9.5 is coming with VST support.

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  • June 17, 2017 at 3:14 am
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    Dude! After reading half of the comments below. I think it's [email protected]#$in ridiculous that all the assholes are to busy hatin on the dude for trying lend a hand to people who may not have ever touched any kind of software or hardware for that matter. All he is doing trying to help people and, you do is pick out the stupid shit that you don't like about the dudes setup. Most of the haters are probably still your little bullshit room! Turning out bullshit music and only get on the computer to bash people and jack off! Keep doin what your doin Graham!

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  • June 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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    Remember guys, the recording are made with HQ instruments, mics, amps, processors, eqs, etc…

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  • June 24, 2017 at 7:52 am
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    Man I just bought the E channel since it was on sale for $29. I really wish they would release the buss compressor outside of the bundle at some point.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 7:05 pm
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    And the secret is to mix in stereo using WAVES plugins. What !

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  • June 29, 2017 at 10:00 pm
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    Hello. If I have in my Waves plugins more options from one type (for example: IR1 efficient Stereo/ IR1 full Stereo/ IR1 mono-Stereo), how do I know which one I should to choose?

    Thank you for all your advices.

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  • June 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm
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    thanx for all the info on my e mail it helps

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  • July 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm
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    Is the channel strip in stereo across all the tracks?

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  • August 4, 2017 at 10:54 am
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    KRK monitors are Awful for engineering.

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  • August 5, 2017 at 1:08 am
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    Great vid, thanks for the tips.

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  • August 10, 2017 at 9:11 am
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    I get hiss noise when I use many SSL plugin.. help pls

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  • August 11, 2017 at 5:45 am
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    Why are people arguing what's best and what's not? Doesn't matter, analog or digital, because the mastering limiter is gonna grind your song into utter oblivion

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  • August 11, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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    I like it. Its no voodoo. Quick and it stands.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    How you gonna have all that table, panels, racks, and be using KRKs? #Focals

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  • September 3, 2017 at 2:12 am
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    This looks just what I'm looking for but I'd really appreciate if you would answer a question… i recently purchased the X32 compact by Behringer and for a smaller setup I purchased the XR18… I was so disappointed with their sound especially on vocals that I have to sell them on!!… question… what hardware do I need to use with this SSL softwares and is it similar to waves multitrack?? Will the vocals be good? This is fir a two vocal setup using backing tracks so I only need 4 channels but vocals must be tops!

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  • September 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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    so cool

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  • September 13, 2017 at 11:11 am
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    great plugin. those interested might want to try the Harrison Mixbus 32C console. It was designed from the ground up by Harrison Consoles to simulate their analogue hardware right down to the electrical circuit. But instead of doing that per-track, the entire console is emulated. Correct me if I am wrong. I love using it. The workflow is immediate and fast. No need to display a plugin window floating over your daw. I think propellerhead does a similar thing?

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  • September 15, 2017 at 2:21 am
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    Great videos. If I'm using the SSL channel strip Plugin, do I need the Slate VCC Channel (Brit 4K E or G) as well?

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  • September 16, 2017 at 1:20 am
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    Reason has all those features built in already!!

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  • September 18, 2017 at 9:31 am
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    Cool.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 11:09 am
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    to much rocket science to me. i'll stick to anolog.

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  • September 29, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    I heard it would SSL-ing more by using NLS (Spike), Which is Waves, hence better than Slate VCC (Brit E). Why do you prefer Slate's over Waves ? Reviews said you could only hear a major change using their Neve (Oups! I meant their Brit-N). But Neve's sound is Fat and almost too 200Hertzy compare to Waves NLS (Spike)-SSL Clean-Pure-Raw-Power, after hearing both, on YouTube. I wouldn't use it for saturation, for when all tracks are saturated, no tracks are saturated.
    But only for the magical SSL-4k sound, that only Waves has managed too captured. (Even CLA uses Waves SSL4000 bundle! Plus all Waves CLA-76, 2A,3A and his Waves signature series. He uses his waves presets to use on his real SSL-G+ (boat-size) console.
    When will you have your Waves signature series ? OK cheap joke, but who knows ?????? 😉 Cheers Mate !

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  • October 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm
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    wow.  I can just look at him all day and never mind what he is saying.  Dude is HOT

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  • October 5, 2017 at 6:45 am
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    This is utter bollocks. Some cheap (yet overpriced) Waves plugins will not make you DAW sound like a real world SSL- desk. Sorry.

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  • October 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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    good video. i have this plugin but never used it

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  • October 16, 2017 at 3:11 am
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    What keyboard with touchbar have you got your hands on there Graham.

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  • October 30, 2017 at 4:36 am
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    Could you please talk about real outboard gear such as Warm Audio…Klark Teknik…Stam audio
    Universal Audio….not plug-ins please. Thank you.

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  • November 12, 2017 at 5:59 am
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    I love this

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  • November 23, 2017 at 1:04 am
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    Or… Just learn how to use your DAW, and pay remixing professional about 35 bucks an hour — over the course of five or six hours — to mix you a couple dozen guitars, drum kits, basses, mic settings for different kinds of vocals, and keys with different compression and EQs. Now use your couple dozen tracks to make as many songs as you need (and with a consistent sound) for your project’s songs.

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  • November 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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    What basically he is saying is……. If you want to know how your current song would sound in late 90's then use these plugins to give fake analog noise.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 10:31 am
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    Or you can use channel strip plugins designed by SSL

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  • December 5, 2017 at 2:06 am
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    Dont waste your time and money with all these plugins. Get a GREAT computer (build it yourself cheaply from tigerdirect or wherever), get a GREAT sound card (prisim?), get a GREAT preamp (neve, chandler, great river, Avalon etc.), and then grab a couple GREAT mics (sm57, 81, 7b, rhode, akg). That’s a GREAT start. Don’t skimp on guitars, bass cause what you put in is what you’ll get out. You’ll need a GREAT singer and a GREAT song too (if you have any hopes of going anywhere). The only plugins I would get would be superior drummer/kontact/omnisphere. You should really aim to have the perfect sound going in and then you won’t have to loose your life savings buying every dam pluggin trying to fix crappy sound. Truth. Plugins are not an investment as they become obsolete when new better ones come out or they stop being supported. DONT GET SUCKED I TO THE PLUGGIN BLACK HOLE! Invest in equipment that retains its value! Don’t buy into the pluggin hype!

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  • December 26, 2017 at 5:49 am
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    By pass can't be used for a – b. It change the sound still. And in digital I like by pass for some. Even bank space between insert makes different timing

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  • December 30, 2017 at 5:42 pm
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    Thanks! Great song, mate! 🙂

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  • January 11, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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    Reason 10 SSL 9000K Mixer 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊🔊

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  • February 1, 2018 at 3:46 am
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    now polarity-reversal is advanced? oh my lord.

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  • March 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    Just for kicks I checked an SSL E 4000 G+ console price on ebay: €59000. And Waves' plug collection costs $299 at their site right now. So it's not the same sound as the console, but… with a bit of perspective, the plugs are useful and practical, especially if you're mixing on the go. Nice presentation.

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  • March 5, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    ''And when you Stink… am i stinking ?''

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  • March 16, 2018 at 9:44 am
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    What about NLS ? you don't use with SSL Channel strip ?

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  • April 16, 2018 at 2:09 am
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    It's like 90 % Soundgarden…if I could change just one thing to make it 100% it would be the snare

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  • May 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm
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    Having gotten used to REAPER, I am really sorry to say: if your DAW does not have a phase button on its channels, you're not getting your money's worth. Phase is as basic as faders and panning.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 4:20 am
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    I´ve added a Waves NLS, with SPIKE set.

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  • June 21, 2018 at 1:52 am
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    Comparing a million dollar mixing console to a plug-in that cost several hundred bucks. 😂😂😂

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  • July 10, 2018 at 7:20 am
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    Do you know the only thing that sounds like an SSL console….is….and wait for it…..AN SSL CONSOLE.

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  • July 10, 2018 at 9:15 am
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    A classic.

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  • August 7, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    On this topic, are there any good plugins designed to emulate components of those awesome old Neve consoles? I've got tape-simulation, tube compressor and "exciter" plugins that work okay, but none of them seem to add any warmth. Unfortunately, I have to use VST amp-simulation almost exclusively, since none of the amps/effects processors that would give me the versatility I'm after are in my price range, and it would be nice if I could find a plugin to tame the extraneous high-end sizzle that VST amp-sims like Guitar Rig and Amplitube are known for, while adding some warmth, if that's even possible.

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  • August 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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    Nice!!

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  • August 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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    Its also a good idea to use the Waves NLS on the last insert of your channel signal chains in the mix. Obviously the NLS would be set to the SSL configuration… And have the NLS stereo buss on the master fader for the true SSL experience

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  • August 23, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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    What's the difference between the mix buss and master fader? Why not just use your master fader?

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  • September 9, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    I am not sad I don't have pro tools. I don't have pro tools because mac is a lie. mac is nothing but fashion. unfortunately had to use pro tools at work before but those days are gone. and on PC… hell of other choices.

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  • October 8, 2018 at 7:10 pm
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    Um right!… I have an SSL and no you can't ! Lol

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  • November 14, 2018 at 4:51 am
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    i think he s trying to show people how to effectively use daws synched up with a
    modern panel and mixboard, weather you agree with his specifics is another thing.
    everyone has their own thing

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  • December 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    graham is a douche

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  • December 26, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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    You have to be careful using SSL on every channel!

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  • January 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    Here's the problem with this plugin. It's cheap right! Only $29 on sale! Except, I bought this when it was version 9. I just bought a new PC and guess what. While possible, it's very convoluted to install Version 9 and 10 Waves plugins together. Easiest solution is to update your version 9 plugin to version 10 for a fee of $20. (Then I'd have spent $49 on it, starting to get not so cheap). And when version 11 comes out I'd have to pay again. Even though it's the same exact plugin. I was so annoyed and didn't want to give Waves more money, so instead I bought the more highly regarded Brainworx SSL plugin with discounts it was something like $80. Well worth it imo. I thought I'd just sell off my Waves serial number to get just a little bit of money back. Well guess what, I can't sell a Waves plugin unless it's Version 10. PLUS you must pay a fee of 5% on the FULL retail price of $249. So in order to sell it, I'd have to pay more than I could possibly sell it for. So it's money completely lost. I have about 10 waves plugins. I now deeply regret buying them, I will never buy from them again.

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  • January 20, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    With the board he is working with, is what we are looking at a digital representation of what is happening within an actual board that offers the actual FUNCTION of an SSL logic board or a digital readout of what is happening inside an Actual SSL mixer?

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  • January 25, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    $200 folks

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  • May 22, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    ……and then you speak!

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  • July 6, 2019 at 8:33 am
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    Love it!
    I was kind of struggeling with having to much fancy plugins and WOW!-making machines in my DAW, when I tried this it was like going back to school and it was really exciting! Fixed my mix! Thank you Graham!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    From my experience, the SSL plugins make my drums sound worse.

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  • September 15, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    One question…. E or G?

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    LOVE my SSL —

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  • October 18, 2019 at 9:47 am
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    Pro tools colors are fugly

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  • November 6, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    The SSL bundle is nothing less than Waves’ crowning achievement. For the money, the single best plug-in investment I’ve ever made.

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