I use both the SSL Bus Comp (the one by SSL. Honestly been very impressed with the bx_townhouse. But I always go with the UAD emulation because it sounds just like the hardware. Nebula with Tim P's L-Bus library. I like the Waves one, but I only ever use it on the mix bus as a very slight "glue" to bring everything together, and its the only one Ive used. “ There are several plug-in versions of the SSL G Series Bus Compressor. However, from all emulations I tried/work(ed) with, I’m most pleased with the reworked UAD emulation. You only get one instance of a HW compressor. I'll keep it honest and say every test I've done here, seeing which plugin sounded the best even with the hardware included and mentioning this in the test to see how many can pick the Hardware, not one of picked the actual SSL Hardware which is so funny to me. ), which one is the best and closest to the real hardware? It really is extremely good. I'll throw another one in to the mix. Simple question, out of all existing SSL Buss Compressor Plugins (incl. I wonder how it compares to the SSL Native Bus Compressor? No idea which is closest, but I like TimP's L-Bus, Cytomic - The Glue and UAD SSL G. It’s not a 1:1 emu of the ssl BUT ubk’s Novatron can get you there easily sonically... it’s like a chameleon. Runs on an MX4 card. It's been a bit since I used it, but If memory serves me right, it's quite good, maybe even underrated. Agreed on Nebula with Tim P's L-Bus library. I have The Glue and Overloud G-Comp. The "TDR Limiter" has a compressor that has the SSL vibe. This chase from something that is imaginary is OK I guess but I stopped chasing that sound as it's not relevant currently. Other than that, the PSP Buspressor is pretty nice, as is the Glue. Does a great STA level impersonation, too. Super weighty and vibe. Since a couple of days, its for me the new bx_townhouse buss compressor. I had an album project that I had started mixing on the SSL 4000 E console, but due to a time crunch I switched to ITB. It’s a long time since I worked with a hardware SSL stereo bus compressor (XLogic rack unit), so I can’t say for sure which emulation is closest. I replaced most of the hardware on the 2-bus with plugins, including the console quad compressor and it’s so close no one could tell. Having compared L-BUS to bx_townhouse, the latter is 'phatter', especially when using the overdrive. It's does its job and if I want more color I push it a bit into soft clip. Used it without the pre on many occasions just for the compression action. As an Ableton Live user I often use The Glue since it's integrated. Single plugins only. There is nothing wrong with it, it can be had for a great price and it works in many situations. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. This SSL bus compressor clone has been around for a long time but I find it still holds up nicely. Really nice thing ! It's been about 8 years since it came out, and I'd jump all over a Bombardier2 if one were released. The SSL G Comp in a SSL Console with all that brings, is still a step up but who can afford that. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. I can only help you by reduction in stating that while sometimes useful, the Waves version does not sound or behave in any way like my hardware SSL bus comp. The last few times, Ive actually been swapping out the API comp for it and been pretty happy with it too. Acqua will most likely be the closest to the real deal. UAD, Nebula/Acqua, etc. Discounted plugins are ordered by price from high to low. Before that, I used The Glue a lot. No love for NI's Solid State Buss Compressor..? It's the only one that I don't have... Acustica's SAND imo. Another one where I'm not sure if it's specifically emulating the SSL. And it's not really a plug, just part of the program. It doesn't get much attention, and to be honest I haven't used it much. I've been using it with drums, individual tracks (sidechained from either ReaComp or ReaEQ) or drum buss, and it has changed my drum sounds! G-Comp is doing something to the trebles which I like. Tried most of the plugin version of the SSL but in the end my super cheap, crazy good MUJC just does the trick every time. A hair's breadth more 3d on the hardware, but it's really splitting hairs really. I was wondering if anyone would mention that one. Still do when I run out of UAD DSP. The SSL Bus Compressor in particular has become a secret weapon on the mix bus for many producers. Hey there! Excluded products: Abbey Road Studio 3. Sent HW back due to it being so good. Put 2 SSL hardware units side by side and do an audio test, you will hear a difference. Overloud G-Comp at the moment, it does that glue thing i like . They are all different. Never tried the other stuff. i like the uad mk2 G comp, before it came out i preferred the Glue. When you buy products through links across our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. There’s all sorts of reasons for this, but basically it all comes down to the fact that it’s because it is analogue. Based on the renowned master buss center compressor of the SSL 4000 G console, the Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor captures the unique sound of the original’s IC input and twin VCA gain-reduction amplifier design. The Glue is more punchy however I do not like trebles on. Incredible how it preserves everything and just makes the sound fatter. You know what the best in-the-box compression is? The more I use bx townhouse the more I love it... As much money as we've all spent on these plugins you guys could save it and get a hardware SSL buss comp clone and be happy ������. Just a friendly reminder that political discussion, (including "offhand" and 'sideways' commenting) is. But it is definitely a console-style bus compressor with it's own unique "British" thing going on (Neve/SSL). You can dial it back, of course, but then it loses some of its mojo. Too much can smear transients however. I use Ableton a lot and so having the Glue in there is fantastic! With the new SSL G Bus Compressor, plus the included DSP-lite SSL G Bus Compressor Legacy plug-in, you can craft your projects with Platinum‑selling sound. But my personal favorite is actually Hornet Audio's Multicomp Plus MK2. So you can hear the sonic characteristics of each emulation for yourself, we’ve included samples with moderate compression on the drum bus, extreme parallel compression, and moderate mix bus compression with each plug-in. This is a music computers forum after all. This way overdubs/punchins/fixes/etc... don't require changing the sound or shutting off plugins etc.... Tim Petherick nebula emulation and you can close this thread... he is asking for best option not for mentioning everything that exists... Plugin Alliance Brainworx BX_Townhouse compressor. Killer on boogie&blues piano. I sure like the one that comes with SSL mix software (Soundscape). Take exactly the same compressor, one from a year into the future and it will also sound different from it’s “present” counterpart. I had been pretty underwhelmed by the old UAD SSL G-Bus comp, but they really nailed the new version. It has a preset/mode fashioned after the SSL Bus comp, and I'm not sure how close it is to the real deal, but I just like it and think it's a freaking bombastically good compressor plugin. I don't know why I always tend to use the SSL Native thought the Waves Bus Compressor seems to me the most musical one. I have tested it against everything except TimP's nebula thing. It offers a clear and classy sound that enhances punch and impact while providing the “glue” factor that makes a mix sound cohesive and integrated. I see the picture is N4 which I've never upgraded to. Does Tim P's L Buss work with Nebula 3? In this roundup, we’re going to break down the very best SSL G-Series bus compressor emulations out there to help you determine which plugin is right for you. Free plugin: Ableton Glue Compressor Nothing outside of Acustica/Nebula land touches this thing. The Waves SSL G-Master Bus Compressor is a classic plugin, modeled after a classic compressor. UAD seem to always nail it the closest with plugins - but let's call them hardware for now as they require hardware to run. Plugin Alliance Brainworx BX_Townhouse compressor. It took awhile to get my Nebula 3 working just right so I never mess with anything including upgrades. Stillwell Bombardier. In theory, this is the one they just ported over as a new plug. Hey there! 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