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Win! SSL FUSION & THE BUS+ Analogue Processors

Enter now for your chance to win not one, but two analogue processors from Solid State Logic, worth a combined £3837$5394!

For this month’s exclusive SOS competition, we’ve teamed up with legendary studio brand Solid State Logic to offer you the chance to win not one, but two of their acclaimed analogue processors.

The Prizes

First up is THE BUS+. SSL made their name in the studio world with the groundbreaking G Series consoles, and a key part of their sound was the VCA compressor built into the stereo mix bus. This bus compressor was renowned for adding ‘glue’ to a mix to bring all the parts together into a cohesive whole. It became so popular that SSL released a number of standalone hardware versions, and even a software plug‑in emulation. THE BUS+, however, takes things a step further, by combining the classic circuitry with a number of extra features never before seen on an SSL bus compressor.

So, in addition to the comprehensive compression controls, you also get a wet/dry blend for parallel compression, plus a range of stereo processing modes including dual mono and Mid-Sides. There are also extensive side-chain filtering options, plus the ability to use an external key signal, and even a side-chain send, allowing you to patch another processor into the side-chain path. It also lets you switch from the classic SSL feed-forward sound to Feedback Mode, for gentler compression. A button marked 4K introduces some even‑order harmonics to evoke the sound of SSL’s classic mixers, and some clever use of the front‑panel buttons lets you dial the dirt in, from super‑clean to heavily coloured. Then there’s the inclusion of a two‑band dynamic EQ, which features adjustable filter types, time constants and frequencies, and which can be placed before or after the compressor in the signal chain, as needed.

And that’s not all. The lucky winner will also receive an SSL FUSION: a powerful, stereo analogue colouration processor for the mix bus that has no fewer than five processing stages. Vintage Drive is a thickening saturation effect, Violet is a two-band EQ, HF Compressor tames the high end, with adjustable crossover, Stereo Image is a Mid-Sides processor, and there’s an output transformer.

It’s the only dynamics processor you’ll need on your mix bus.

How To Enter

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic duo, simply answer the questions on this form by midnight on Friday 7 June 2024. Good luck!

Prizes kindly donated by Solid State Logic.

Competition Rules

  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • In entering this competition, you confirm that you are aged 18 years or older.
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to supply Sound On Sound and the Prize Donor with a photograph of you and the prize(s) plus some words about winning the prize. This may be used on each company's website, email newsletter announcements and/or social media channels. Your name will be abbreviated to first name, last initial and your town/city/country, eg. Joni M, Alberta.
  • In submitting your entry, if you win, you agree NOT TO RESELL the Prize(s) within 18 months.
  • Please DO NOT ENTER if you do not agree to these terms.
  • Employees of SOS Publications Group, Solid State Logic and their immediate families are ineligible for entry.
  • No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the specification of the prize offered.
  • The judges' decision is final and legally binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No other correspondence is to be included with competition entries.
  • Please ensure that you give your DAYTIME telephone number on your entry form.
  • Prize winners must be prepared to make themselves available in the event that the Prize Donors wish to make a personal presentation.
  • The winning entrant(s) name and country will be made available upon request.

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SSL’s The Bus+ takes a classic design and makes it better. What classic piece of studio gear would you like to improve, and why?

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