Big news from Solid State Logic! The Oxford pro audio mainstay introduces its refreshed online store by launching the SSL LCM+ Native plug-in. The LCM+ presents a “significantly enhanced” version of the Listen Mic Compressor built into SSL’s classic Series 4000 analog mixing consoles. It’s regarded as a knowledgeable engineer’s mix tool for huge sounds. Think the famous drum break from Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”.
SSL LCM+ Listen Mic Compressor plug-in
As part of the Series 4000 mixing consoles, the Listen Mic Compressor’s role was preventing potential overloads from the talkback microphone. There are many accounts on the internet of how and when the LMC was first patched into for off-label use. One thing is for sure, though, its fixed attack and release curves worked magic on drums and other material in need of smashing.
The LMC is now considered classic SSL heritage in much the same way as the fabled stereo bus compressor. The manufacturer’s modern products pay homage to the LMC in various ways, such as the SSL SiX mixer’s rendition of the circuit and its covert inclusion into the SSL Fusion analog processor. While other developers took turns at emulating the LMC before SSL finally got to it, the LMC+ Native plug-in comes from the OGs and is also greatly expanded.
Derived from the SSL 4000E console, the LMC+ emulation includes toggable external sidechain with Listen switch, high and low-pass filters, a Scoop switch to phase-flip the compressed signal, a Split switch to engage bandpass subtraction mode, and a Dry/Wet mix knob. Using the compressor itself is still very simple – adjust levels and the Amount knob to taste.
SSL promises more plug-in in the months ahead, as well as ongoing offers for owners of SSL software and hardware. Sounds killer to me!
SSL LCM+ Price and availability
The new SSL LMC+ plug-in is on sale for USD 30, down from the regular price of USD 119. It’s available for macOS 10.12 or later (64-bit AU, VST2, VST3, AAX Native) and Windows 7 or later (64-bit VST2, VST3, AAX Native). SSL Native plug-ins can be authorised by machine-based iLok licensing or iLok 2 / iLok 3 USB dongles.