The Bus+: SSL’s latest incarnation of their Bus Compressor
20.04.2022

The Bus+: SSL’s latest incarnation of their Bus Compressor

Words by Mixdown Staff

Mixing original circuitry with modern features!

Solid State Logic (SSL) announces The Bus+, the ultimate and most versatile incarnation of its Bus Compressor ever.

What you need to know:

  • Solid State Logic has launched The Bus+.
  • It’s touted as the most versatile incarnation of their Bus Compressor ever.
  • The Bus+ is a new 2U rack unit that 2181 THAT VCA’s in its audio path.

Read all the latest product news here.

The Bus Compressor is one of the more lauded pieces of analogue processing equipment that is synonymous with the SSL sound, and this latest incarnation.

The Bus+ is a new 2U rack unit that builds on the original bedrock design of the Bus Compressor, which first appeared on SSL’s 4000 B console in 1976. 

Remaining faithful to the original circuit design, The Bus+ features 2181 THAT VCA’s in its audio path and offers the classic time constants and compression ratios which have glued records together for over four decades.

Coming into the modern realm, several new processing tools and sonic colouration options feature on The Bus+ including, four modes of operation: Classic Stereo, Σ S/C Stereo, Dual Mono, and Mid-Side.

Three further distinct compression colours are also offered: Low THD, F/B, and 4K Mode. New time constant settings, including ‘Auto 2’ and compression ratios are also added to The Bus+ to create ‘the compressor package’.

Product Manager Andy Jackon said that “from the outset of this project, our goal was to make the best incarnation of the Bus Compressor ever and we are happy that we have achieved this. 

“Using our original Bus Compressor design as the foundation, we’ve extended its sonic palette to make The Bus+ an eminently versatile cornerstone piece of equipment for the modern studio and one that is ready for any genre of music.

“We’ve enhanced the Bus Compressor in almost every aspect. New Attack/Release settings, three compression colours which can be used individually or combined, and an extremely powerful analogue Dynamic EQ section – these take The Bus+ right to the forefront of what dynamic processors are capable of.”

Additionally, The Bus+ features an all-new powerful two-band parallel Dynamic Equaliser (the D-EQ), with compression/expansion modes and adjustable frequency selection. 

To round things off, the use of stepped pots, read by a microcontroller that manages the analogue circuit, makes The Bus+ not only perfect for mixing but also for precision-tasks such as mastering.

Head to SSL’s website for more.