UF8 & UC1 in Combination
So, what ties these controllers together to make an all-in-one virtual console mixing experience?
The answer: SSL 360
SSL 360 is a simple piece of software that you install alongside either of these controllers. It's a configuration tool and hub for your connected SSL controllers. You can update firmware, set your control layers in UF8, and access the virtual console in the mixing tab - more on this in a bit!
Using SSL 360, you can set up both controllers to work together using the included Channel Strip and Bus Compressor plugins to give you a hands-on mixing experience – and here’s how:
We already mentioned, you can load up to 3 different control templates on UF8’s layer buttons. In a recent update, SSL have added the 360 plugin mixer as a control template. When loaded, this gives you immediate control over the plugin mixer in SSL 360.
How to set this up:
- Open SSL 360 and select the UF8 tab.
- In layer 1: Load the DAW template of your choice
- In layer 2: Load the Plugin Mixer template
And that is pretty much it.
UC1 & Plugins
Now that you’ve got your Plugin Mixer layer set up on UF8, you’re ready to load up some plugins in your DAW. Simply add the Channel strip plugin to each of your channels and the Bus Compressor to any tracks, groups or bus channels that you wish. For future sessions, you could setup a template with these plugins already applied to the channels so you’re ready to go immediately.
Once you create an instance of the plugin, it is automatically assigned its name from the track and is added to the plugin mixer in SSL 360. You can view the plugin mixer by selecting its tab in SSL 360. This is where we get to the idea of a virtual mixing console.
All of the plugins chain together to create a virtual SSL console, which can be controlled and viewed in SSL 360. As you edit each plugin, the change is reflected in the plugin mixer, and your DAW.
Combining the Two
When UC1 and UF8 are working in tandem to control the plugin mixer, they make navigating your mix and making adjustments quick and easy!
From UF8, you can view channel names control, the input and output trim from the faders and V-Pots. Because you can view 8 tracks at a time, it's much quicker to view and select channels to edit, with the added benefit of being able to select tracks by using the touch sensitive faders.
When you select a track on UF8, the related channel strip controls immediately load up on UC1 - making it much faster to move between channels whilst mixing. This also avoids the confusion of changing volume on UF8, whilst UC1 is linked to a different channel strip plugin . And, when you’re ready to switch back to DAW control, all you have to do is select the previous layer.
Quick, easy and simple. Plus, there’s no denying that these two controllers look stunning when they’re aligned side by side as one continuous surface.