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UAD 4K Channel StripbyUniversal Audio
 UAD 4K Channel Strip by Universal Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin. UAD Hardware is required.
UAD 4K Channel Strip
Product UAD 4K Channel Strip
Developer Universal Audio
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Channel StripDynamics (Compressor / Limiter)EQFilterMastering
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Hardware Powered  
Operating System Availability
Download Released
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Copy ProtectionUAD Hardware Specific

With its wide range of VCA compression characteristics and its intuitive EQ, the UAD 4K Channel Strip emulates the console channel from the SSL 4000. The UAD 4K Channel Strip is an exacting circuit emulation of the 4000 G+ complete with the Type E "black knob" four-band EQ and filters widely held to be the favorite in SSL's signal processing lineage.

The UAD 4K Channel Strip features high and low cut filters, independent Expander/Gate and Compressor/Limiter features, plus the famous Type E four-band EQ. The middle EQ bands are fully parametric, while the high and low bands provide the user with switchable bell or shelving filters. The Limit/Comp provides Threshold, a fixed fast or slow Attack time, a.1 to 4s Release, and a continuously variable Ratio control. The Gate/Exp provides Threshold, a fixed fast or slow Attack time, a.1 to 4s Release and Range to tailor the Gate or Expansion effect.

The UAD 4K Channel Strip adds a second Gate setting which incorporates a "no-chatter" Gate circuit borrowed from later SSL designs. PRE-DYN button reorders the signal chain so that the EQ is before the dynamics section. DYN-SC button engages a sidechain feature to achieve frequency-dependent compression using the EQ, the cut filters or both. Lastly, the Link button adds the ability to have the sidechain linked or unlinked when using the stereo version of the plug-in.


  • UAD 4K Channel Strip emulates hit-making sound of SSL 4000.
  • Circuit emulation of the 4000 G+ with Type E "black knob" EQ & Filters.
  • Flexible Compressor range from transparent to "in your face".
  • Highly responsive Gate including "no-chatter" mode.
  • DYN-SC put EQ or Filters in Dynamics Sidechain.

A Note about UAD Powered Plug-ins
UAD-2 and UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins run exclusively on Universal Audio's UAD DSP Accelerator Cards. All available Powered Plug-Ins are included in the UAD Software Installer/Updater Package; and every Plug-In title has a separately activated 14-day trial -- so users can try before they buy, at their own pace. Once a user decides to purchase a Plug-In, they can click on the Plug-In toolbar "Buy" button, which automatically takes them to the www.uaudio.com website and carts the plug in; or this can be done manually via browsing our webstore. Once the purchase is complete, a downloadable Authorization File is made available. Users simply drag and drop this Auth. File into the UAD meter, and the Plug-In is authorized. UAD-1 users can transfer Plug-In licenses to UAD-2 format for free (one time only). Via Customer Support, Universal Audio also allows registered UAD owners to sell their UAD card(s) with Plug-In licenses, transferring the licenses to the new card owner (subject to Universal Audio approval).

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