Which SSL 4000 emulation plugin is CPU friendly yet good sounding?

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KVRian
1070 posts since 2 Feb, 2005

Post Sat May 02, 2020 12:33 am

Hi, I know its tough to choose one to get the balance right as I want to buy one to insert into individual tracks for mixing purpose. Here I have shortlisted the following:

1) PA 4000E
2) Waves Mixhub
3) Acustica Audio Sand FAB4

Any suggestion and experience sharing would be highly appreciated.

Cheers!
Cowby

KVRAF
2029 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Sat May 02, 2020 12:42 am

Not actual emulation, but one of the most underrated channel strips out there, that will get you in same ballpark
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/cs-5501-by-tbproaudio

KVRian

Topic Starter

1070 posts since 2 Feb, 2005

Post Sat May 02, 2020 12:47 am

Passing Bye wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 12:42 am
Not actual emulation, but one of the most underrated channel strips out there, that will get you in same ballpark
https://www.kvraudio.com/product/cs-5501-by-tbproaudio
Thanks will have a look.

KVRist
433 posts since 7 Dec, 2018 from Saint-Petersburg

Post Sat May 02, 2020 12:48 am

My opinion only.
Acustica Audio - quality, good sound (for most people). but nearly impossible to use it on many channels simultaneously.
Waves Mixhub - sounds ok. the complicated interface.
PA 4000E - the best in the real-world cases. very light on CPU, a lot of wise features inside.

KVRist
298 posts since 3 Oct, 2018 from Spain

Post Sat May 02, 2020 1:16 am

Agree with Dombaeb, Acustica is not CPU friendly, and Waves will make you pay the WUP from time to time. The PA is light on CPU and does a lot for the money, don't pay full price. You could probably do a whole mix with that plugin alone in every track.

KVRian
868 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Sat May 02, 2020 1:20 am

Dombaeb wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 12:48 am
PA 4000E - the best in the real-world cases. very light on CPU, a lot of wise features inside.
+1
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

KVRian

Topic Starter

1070 posts since 2 Feb, 2005

Post Sat May 02, 2020 1:45 am

so sad I also read the review from sound on sound that the CPU usage of Sand FAB4 is real high so I will probably take this out from my list.
Am testing PA SSL 4000E in bitwig studio. So far so good.

KVRian
694 posts since 1 Dec, 2005

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:01 am

The Glue always sounds good

KVRAF
1696 posts since 30 Aug, 2012 from Sweden

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:14 am

fcamp wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 1:16 am
Agree with Dombaeb, Acustica is not CPU friendly, and Waves will make you pay the WUP from time to time. The PA is light on CPU and does a lot for the money, don't pay full price. You could probably do a whole mix with that plugin alone in every track.
Ni one is forced to pay any WUP to Waves. It’s up to the user. I’ve never done it.

KVRAF
1696 posts since 30 Aug, 2012 from Sweden

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:15 am

todd_r wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 2:01 am
The Glue always sounds good
Sure but it’s only a bus compressor and not a channelstrip.

KVRist
298 posts since 3 Oct, 2018 from Spain

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:17 am

Daimonicon wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 2:14 am
fcamp wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 1:16 am
Agree with Dombaeb, Acustica is not CPU friendly, and Waves will make you pay the WUP from time to time. The PA is light on CPU and does a lot for the money, don't pay full price. You could probably do a whole mix with that plugin alone in every track.
Ni one is forced to pay any WUP to Waves. It’s up to the user. I’ve never done it.
And if you want to sell the plugin? I think that you need to pay WUP to be able to sell it.

KVRian
868 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:30 am

Oh come on, keep it on topic 🙄
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

KVRian
694 posts since 1 Dec, 2005

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:36 am

Daimonicon wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 2:15 am
Sure but it’s only a bus compressor and not a channelstrip.
Ah, I've got compressors on the brain, what about SSL's own channel strip...

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KVRAF
2029 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:42 am

What's so special about SSL channel strip anyways?

KVRAF
2161 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Post Sat May 02, 2020 2:51 am

Acustica will only be CPU friendly in the era of quantum computing.

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