ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. In all my uses, this filter was just right. A new Stereo Image enhancer provides a true analogue Mid-Side circuit that manipulates the Side signal, allowing for widening and spatial manipulation of the stereo field. Cons: Transformer processor section is too subtle. Vintage Drive is a nonlinear JFET circuit that sounds like an overdriven analog amplifier; it adds odd or even harmonics and saturation. Input and Output connections are via XLR. The Drive control sets the amount of coloration and can add up to 10 dB of level. The way they all work together or separately is amazingly intuitive, fast and conducive to creativity. Next in the chain is HPF, a highpass filter with an 18 dB per octave slope, with Off, 30 Hz, 40 Hz and 50 Hz frequency choices available on a rotary switch. The SSL R&D team have something to tell you... To celebrate the launch of Fusion at AES New York back in 2018 and to thank existing and future Fusion users, SSL R&D team have unveiled a secret hidden 6th processor available in ALL Fusion's. I used the Vintage Drive section to add even-order harmonic distortion, and it was like running those tracks through an old tube line amp. Stereo matching of the two channels’ levels is within 0.25 dB and Noise (AES17) is –75 dB typical with Vintage Drive on and set to mid Drive and mid Density. Fusion expands the processing palette for hybrid studio owners and is a superb partner for the SSL Stereo Bus Compressor. The ultimate desktop mixer. I liked that even with the Insert bypassed in Fusion the path is still active, so I could roughly set up the compressors before “dropping” them into the path. Boosting 20 kHz “air” was nice, too, but I reserved this boost for recordings at 88.2 or 96 kHz to avoid exacerbating the preexisting and ugly aliasing noises on cymbal crashes I heard on an old 44.1 kHz session. But I wish I could hold down the Transformer button and switch to a 300-ohm primary winding for a “hi-gain” boost! Vintage Drive - is a unique non-linear harmonic enhancement circuit that brings cohesion and strength to your mix. Give your studio a new heart. In this quick audio tour we run a backing vocal stem and tweak the controls of Fusion in real time so you can hear it in action. Visit our corporate site. A nice, useful collection of excellent processors, SSL’s Fusion is becoming my go-to piece for setting up creative signal chains fast. I found no problematic stereo compatibility or phase cancellation issues when using it. Estudio A Sonido enhances workflow with Solid State…, Legendary Mix Engineer Chris Lord-Alge Adds SSL Native…, Recording: The magazine for the recording musician, Abbey Road Institute Inaugurates Solid State Logic…, By submitting this form you agree to have your data processed in the method defined in the. Tags ⋅ Analog ⋅ SSL ⋅ SSL Fusion ⋅ Stereo All the pots and rotary switches are by Alps, and the bypass buttons are rubber matt switches made in Germany by Knitter. Published: 04/17/2019. Update your browser to view this website correctly. Drive and Density controls interact to produce harmonic saturation and soft compression derived from overloading an analogue circuit. SSL R&D team have unveiled a secret hidden 6th processor available in ALL Fusion's. X-Over becomes a wet/dry parallel mix control. A compressor that effects high frequencies only, optimised for smooth and transparent harshness reduction and a tape-like high-frequency roll off – great for taming brittle high frequency fizz. Even from across a dark room, you can see and check their status instantly. Next in the chain is the purple- and pink-knobbed Violet EQ—a discrete, minimum phase 2-band analog shelving equalizer. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure our high standards are maintained with on-site engineers and our test systems are linked directly, so we can monitor from HQ in Oxford, England.”, (As a side note, my own Fusion review unit was delayed briefly in shipment because of issues with the front panel finish! They are monitoring at all levels.). These small transformers add low-frequency harmonics and some high-frequency phase shift. Once I had a working balance of the entire kit for my mix with reverbs, automation moves, etc., I ran the entire stereo stem of drums through Fusion. Using test tones, I ensured that I had unity throughput gain with the Manley inserted. Price: $2,495 MSRP. The result is a simultaneous thickening of the low-end and an added sparkle to the high-end. I first tried Fusion on a stereo drum stem. Get the precision, advanced feature set, and legendary tonal characteristics of SSL in affordable plug-in…, Six analogue colours and limitless sonic flavours. You may turn off the relay sound in Settings—as I immediately did. This is an awesome design feature. © 2020 Solid State Logic. I set it so that the threshold LED was mostly unlit—only occasionally flashing green on big peaks from snare fills or cymbal crashes. I also tried, as a test, “over-boosting” the top end on a mix and then allowed the HF Compressor to “rein it back in” safely. The Threshold control has center unity position with a range of +10 to –10 dB.