SSL UF-8 Advanced DAW Controller
Overview by GAK
Supercharge your workflow with the UF8 - an expandable 8-channel DAW controller. This thoughtfully-designed and intuitive bit of kit will save you a tonne of time and make your productions/content creation sessions a breeze.
SSL (Studio State Logic) are a legacy brand, with their legendary studio gear featuring on countless classic records. Anything with the SSL name is a guaranteed seal of quality!
Revolutionise Your Workflow
SSL’s UF-8 is a highly advanced USB controller that was created with today’s DAW-centric workflows in mind. Whilst it’s packed with an impressive array of features, the UF-8 is very accessible thanks to its intuitive design. The UF-8 is a brilliant solution for a wide range of applications including - music mixing, music creation/production, post-production, webcasting/podcasting and content creation. It’s time to revolutionise your workflow!
The SSL UF8 gives you effortless, analogue-style control over your software setup. Housed in a robust all-metal enclosure and finished with a brushed anodised top-plate, the UF8 is a pro-grade tool that encapsulates SSL’s deep understanding of production workflows.
Channelling their decades-long experience creating prized studio consoles, SSL have equipped the UF8 with 8 touch-responsive motorised faders, 8 endless rotary encoders and 43 assignable keys (set across 5 configurable banks). There’s a lot of flexibility here, as you can customise the UF8 to respond to your favourite shortcuts and macros. This can be done via SSL’s 360° software application, which makes configuring and editing your UF8 lightning-fast.
Instant + Precise Access
Each channel has its own crystal-clear high-resolution colour display so you can instantly see how each channel is assigned and how its parameters are set.
The UF8’s intelligent multi-purpose Master encoder gives you immediate control over timeline access and track banking as well as mouse-scroll emulation. This is particularly useful when you need to precisely edit plugin parameters, all you have to do is hover the mouse over it.
Pro Tools users can take advantage of Channel and Plug-in control modes, which provide quick access to send and plug-in settings.
Command Your DAW(s)
The SSL UF8 is ready-to-go as soon as you plug it in, as it’s compatible with all major DAWs (Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One, Cubase) and comes with workflow-ready templates. If you like to, for example, record with Ableton, mix with Logic and master with Pro Tools, you can use the Switch Control to control up to three DAWs simultaneously. You can use the 360° app’s drag-and-drop configuration to dynamically edit the individual controllers.
There are also dual-purpose Selection keys, which provide rapid access to select function in addition to Solo and Mute clearing with Logic and Pro Tools.
Room For Expansion
A huge advantage of the UF-8 is that it’s expandable, giving you the ability to connect up to 4 for a powerful 32-channel setup. This means the UF-8 can grow alongside your production rig and excel during the most demanding sessions.
The UF-8 features two footswitch inputs on the rear. Once you’ve hooked up your footswitch (like the Boss FS-6), you can use it for hands-free control of essential functions such as punch-in/out, start/stop, record arm as well as whatever your DAW software will let you assign.
Every UF-8 comes with an adjustable stand, giving you six angles of elevation. If you use a rack-based setup, 19" rack mount kits are available.
*Whilst the UF-8 connects to your computer via USB, it’s powered by the included power supply.
Every aspect of the UF8 has been designed to give you an accelerated and unhindered audio production workflow - and it pulls it off with style and precision. If you’re using a DAW-based setup, the UF8 is an essential component that’ll make your sessions smoother and more enjoyable.
Overview by SSL
Accelerated creativity with intelligent studio production ergonomics
UF8 is SSL’s latest studio controller, designed for today’s DAW-based production workflows and ultrafast turn-around times. An expandable 8-channel advanced DAW controller, UF8 connects engineers, producers and artists directly to the creative process, offering absolute command of their workflow and significantly accelerating the speed of audio production and content creation
Not all controllers are equal
UF8 is the culmination of SSL’s 40+ year legacy of mastering production workflows and studio ergonomics built into generations of classic SSL consoles. This depth of understanding of studio production, combined with decades of engineering excellence, delivers a premium finish tactile USB controller that distills SSL workflow and quality.
UF8 offers intuitive features that are developed from a true understanding of production workflow. Take ultimate control with simultaneous access to multiple DAW sessions, and precise navigation with a multi-purpose Master Encoder for DAW timeline access, track banking and mouse wheel emulation. 'Dual-purpose Selection Keys permit rapid access to select functions as well as solo and mute clearing in Pro Tools and Logic Pro. New CHANNEL and PLUG-IN control modes provide enhanced workflows for those using UF8 with Pro Tools, with easy access to sends and plug-ins without slowing down your creativity.
Each UF8 comes equipped with 43 assignable user keys set across 5 configurable banks, allowing users to configure their essential keyboard shortcuts and macros for total session control. Add multiple controllers to create your unique mixing system; build your perfect 16-24 channel music creation hub, or connect 4 UF8’s within a single system to create a 32-channel controller ideal for large post production or mixing sessions. Multiple UF8s can be chained together using the THRU port and provide a safe place for iLok storage. For perfect positioning, each UF8 includes an adjustable stand allowing for six different angles of elevation for user defined placement. 19” rack mount kits are also available for installation into an ORIGIN console center section or other 19” studio racking.
SSL’s new 360° software application provides fast configuration and admin control of your UF8. With an expanded system, ‘drag-n-drop’ configuration gives quick and dynamic access to each individual controller set up. Customise workflows and define up to 3 different DAW layers for simultaneous session control, with all changes managed without getting in the way of your productivity.
- High-quality 100 mm touch sensitive faders
- High-resolution colour displays
- All metal enclosure, finished with a brushed, anodised top plate
- 8 Endless Rotary Encoders
- Custom Workflows with 43 assignable keys per UF8; 5 banks of 8 User Keys + 3 Quick Keys
- Intelligent Multi-Purpose CHANNEL Encoder
- Mouse Scroll Emulation; control of any plug-in parameter you hover the mouse over with absolute precision
- Integrates With All Major DAWs with workflow ready templates: Pro Tools | Logic Pro | Cubase | Ableton Live | Studio One
- Hi-Speed USB connectivity
- Switch Control between 3 Simultaneously connected DAWs
- Bundled with SSL Native Vocalstrip 2 & Drumstrip plug-ins
No upgrades available
Early days - but it is made by SSL, quality build and easy compatibility with Ableton. I love IT
Premium quality product. Will probably get at least another one.