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Solid State Logic releases X-Gate Plug-in

Solid State Logic (SSL)

Solid State Logic has announced the release of its latest plug-in: SSL X-Gate. The new plug-in is available now in several formats including VST2, VST3, AAX and AU as part of the ever-growing SSL Complete subscription from $14.99 per/m (Ts&Cs apply). X-Gate is the fourth new plug-in added to SSL's Complete Bundle in recent months.

Featuring a rolling waveform graph, mid/side processing options and tweakable hysteresis using independent open & closed thresholds, X-Gate builds upon the company's renowned knowledge of hardware gates, all delivered through SSL's advanced workflow interface. The new plug-in is suitable for music and content creators alike and delivers a unique range of features for extended sound sculpting — an invaluable tool for sound design, audio restoration and of course, mixing.

X-Gate continues to expand the SSL plug-in offering with a comprehensive but easy-to-use surgical gating tool for mixing, live and broadcast applications. Fast, snappy and precise, X-Gate is guaranteed to be your new workhorse plug-in for shaping drums and other instruments, adding punch to your mixes, and transparently fixing ghost notes, noise or room bleed.

Jonathan Sandman, Plug-ins Product Manager at SSL

In addition to M1 processor compatibility, X-Gate also introduces variable lookahead times and zero additional plug-in latency at the lowest setting, making it a perfect tool for tracking situations where mic bleed can distract from the primary source material. Meantime, its EXP and DUCK modes allow either transparent gating or ducking options; ducking is typically used for attenuating a signal when it exceeds a certain threshold, and this can be used in conjunction with a DAW's sidechain function for intelligent ducking.

Features of the new X-Gate include:

  • Easy-to-use Threshold and Range controls, visually aligned with Waveform Graph and Gain Reduction Meter for coordinated control.
  • Rolling Waveform Visualisation Graph for setting the perfect threshold.
  • Attack, Release and Hold time parameters gives detailed control over the shaping of the audio.
  • Tune the performance of the gate using the interactive Filter Graph to apply High- and Low-Pass Filters the sidechain signal.
  • Use the Expander mode and accompanying Knee control for a more transparent option: make quiet signals quieter and expand the dynamic range of the signal.
  • Simple discrete Lookahead options for minimising the latency when using a lookahead.
  • Transform the plug-in into a production ducker with a single click – use Duck mode to invert the sidechain logic, attenuating the signal only when it exceeds the threshold i.e., to duck the music when you speak into your microphone.
  • Tri-colour Traffic Light Cues give a clear indication on the momentary open/closed/hold state of the gate.
  • Use the Mid/Side processing options to trigger the gate in creative ways or gate only the mono or stereo components on the signal.
  • Sidechain and Gate audition modes.
  • Apple M1 processor compatible.

Intro Price: $89 until July 28th, 2022 (Reg. $129). It's also available as part of the ever-growing SSL Complete subscription from $14.99 per/m.



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