SSL released a new plug-in in its Fusion hardware processor emulation series. Transformer replicates the sonic impact of the processor’s 600-ohm, 1:1-wound under-damped output transformer. Its saturation adds presence, tighter lows and crisp highs to individual tracks, mixes and masters.
SSL Fusion Transformer plug-in
Transformer saturation can be subtle, but effective when dialed in appropriately. To that, the SSL Fusion Transformer plug-in provides the following controls. SHINE attenuates the High Frequency phase shift which lets you turn up the AMOUNT control to amplify harmonic distortion. Both controls can be used to drive the effect beyond the original hardware circuit’s native capabilities.
Driving the circuit harder introduces a natural low-end roll off which can be increased by adjusting the input level. Have this interaction in mind when tweaking the plug-in. If you prefer not to have said roll-off, LF EXTEND switches out the low-frequency roll-off. The final control is MIX for blending the effect.
With the release of Fusion Transformer, the plug-in series is either complete or near completion. At this point, we pretty much have a working virtual Fusion processor for our DAWs. The project also gave SSL a chance to flex its coding skills in emulating relatively recent analog equipment. With an increased focus on software alongside hardware pursuits, SSL is really going ways.
Price and availability
SSL Fusion Transformer is on sale for EUR 119, down from EUR 159 (tax excluded). The sale lasts until February 22, 2022. It’s also part of SSL’s subscription offering, which starts at USD 15 per month. The plug-in works under macOS Mojave (or later) and Windows 8.1 (or later) in VST, AU, and AAX formats. Several presets from producers and engineers such as Romesh Dodangoda, Sean Divine and Wez Clarke are included.