SSL 360 Software
With the arrival of UF8, SSL have also developed a new configuration tool to tie everything together - SSL 360. It's so closely linked, that UF8 even has a dedicated 360 button to launch it! This makes it super easy to access, and with good reason - 360 allows you to tailor UF8 to your exact needs.
When you open SSL 360, you’re presented with a window that shows connected UF8(s). From here you can quickly access information about devices – serial number and location for example. If you have multiple UF8s connected, clicking one will flash the screens on the selected unit, so you immediately know which one is which. It even has quick links to SSL Support if you’re having any issues!
Now let's dive into the configuration side of things...
DAW Profiles & Layer Select Keys
SSL 360 allows you to assign DAW profiles to the UF8, making it easy to set up control for the workstation of your choice. There are 3 layer tabs that you can assign with different profiles, and these correspond with the Layer buttons on the UF8. This allows the UF8 to switch between 3 DAW layers at once, which is great if you move between a few workstations.
What’s most impressive about layer tabs is that you don’t need to re-configure the UF8 when switching workstations, just select the layer you need and you’re away! There is some additional setup required in your DAW, but SSL 360 helps you there as well, showing you which of the 12 virtual MIDI ports are assigned to each layer, so you can set it up correctly without the tedious guess work.
Quick Keys & Soft Keys
UF8 has a decent number of user configurable commands that you can assign using SSL 360. There are 5 user banks for the 8 soft keys above the screens, giving you a total of 40 assignable buttons. For any more regularly used controls, such as play/stop or mixer view, you have 3 Quick Keys that are immediately accessible, next to the layer controls.
You can assign common DAW commands or keyboard shortcuts to these buttons. It's worth noting that the keyboard shortcuts can be stacked together on one button. For example, you could set up a button command that adds a new audio track and automatically names it for you. These commands can be renamed however you like, and appear on the upper portion of the screen when the soft key banks are selected.
Once you’ve set up your custom commands, you can save your configuration within SSL 360. You can use this with any UF8 at any time. This is really useful if you go to work on a different UF8, or if you work on a system shared by other users. Simply load up your control profile and you’re DAW commands are exactly where you left them. The customisation options are vast and simple to configure, making UF8 adapt to your workflow with ease.