On the second annivesary of the launch of Fusion at the AES convention in 2018, Solid State Logic (SSL) has announced that the outboard processor has a sixth “color” onboard in the form of a full-band LMC processor with wet/dry control.
become an indispensable tool for the modern hybrid studio. With an incredibly versatile set of Equipped with a feature set for tracking, mixing and mastering, Fusion already offered five distinct colors to help users add tonal character, weight and space to stereo stems,
“Part of the mystique within SSL’s music creation tools is how they give back over time.” explains Andy Jackson, Studio Product Manager of SSL. “During the development of Fusion, we experimented and trailed many variants of the five analog 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’ color 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 LMC processing with parallel control. This function already exists in all Fusion units, no update required.
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, guitars, vocals and many other instruments.
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