Accelerated creativity, intelligent production
The SSL 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 the absolute command of their workflow and significantly accelerating the speed of audio production and content creation.
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.
Music Creation & Production
With UF8 at the heart of your studio setup, you can effortlessly navigate through large sessions and focus on the music, instead of the mouse. Hi-res displays with constant visual feedback and an intuitive layout of controls allow you to stay creative for longer.
Content Creation & Webcasting
Whether you need to solo tracks quickly or access your most-used editing functions from the touch of a button, UF8 will help you create more engaging content for your audiences, faster and more efficiently.
UF8 is perfect for finessing your dialogue automation rides and assigning all your essential session shortcuts to the user-keys for enhanced productivity, tailored to suit your post workflow.
Put some feeling back into your mixing with UF8’s 100 mm high-quality motorized faders, perfect for balancing multiple tracks at once or riding your reverb sends. Scale your system up to 32 faders (4 UF8s), for the full SSL mix experience.
UF8 offers intuitive features that are developed from a true understanding of production workflow; Simultaneous control of multiple DAWs, multi-purpose Master Encoder for DAW timeline navigation, track banking and mouse wheel emulation for precision, hands-on control.
Dedicated automation section and dual-purpose Selection Keys permit rapid access to select functions; a solo and mute clearing in Pro Tools® and Logic Pro X®. New CHANNEL and PLUG-IN control modes provide enhanced workflows for those using UF8 with Pro Tools® – easily access your sends and plug-ins without slowing down your creativity.
• High-quality 100 mm touch-sensitive faders
• High-resolution color displays
• All metal enclosure, finished with a brushed, anodized 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
• Hi-Speed USB connectivity
100 mm Touch-Sensitive Faders
Quality feel, engineered response, and a volume curve that keeps engineers in the sweet spot. Anyone who has driven an SSL console knows not all faders are equal.
Hi-Resolution Colour Displays
Constant, clear visual feedback that only full color, the high-resolution display can provide. Key track information including level, pan, routing, and names can be found here, keeping you focused on what matters.
8 Endless Rotary Encoders
V-POT technology and workflow as found in SSL AWS and Duality consoles. Seamlessly jump between parameters whist maintaining absolute control.
Intelligent CHANNEL Encoder
Featuring mouse scroll emulation, control any plug-in parameter you hover the mouse over with precision.
Configure essential shortcuts and custom macros for total session control via the 43 assignable, backlit user keys found on UF8.
For perfect positioning, each UF8 includes a pair of adjustable stands allowing for six different angles of elevation for user-defined placement. 19” rack mount kits are also available
And if you don’t love me now…
Chain multiple UF8’s together 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. (Image shows 3 units / 24 channel system)
The rear panel of UF8 features a USB ‘C’ type port for easy connection to the host computer (‘C’ to ‘C’ and ‘C’ to ‘A’ cables included with UF8), two jack sockets offering standard foot-switch connections, and a socket for UF8’s auto-ranging external PSU. The USB ‘A’ port on UF8 can be used to daisy-chain USB communication between UF8s, or, it can be used to plug in any USB dongles you have.
SSL 360° APP
SSL 360° is the command center and brains behind UF8. It’s a cross-platform application for Mac and Windows. Installing is quick and easy. Once installed SSL 360° allows you to configure your UF8(s) for your DAW, customize the User Keys and save/load profiles. SSL 360° manages software and firmware updates for you. You can find SSL 360° within the ‘Documents & Downloads’ tab on this page or the downloads page and select ‘SSL UF8’ from the drop-down list.
SSL Native Plug-in Bundle
Full licenses of Vocalstrip 2 and Drumstrip plug-ins, SSL Native’s highly regarded vocal (it’s also great for speech / VO work) and percussion production tools are bundled with UF8. Giving you a range of professional quality processors suited to music, audio, and post-production tasks.
Open DAW Policy
UF8 integrates with all major DAWs and includes workflow ready templates for Ableton® Live™, Cubase™ / Nuendo™, Pro Tools®, Logic Pro X® and Studio One®. Many producers and engineers prefer to split their creative process across multiple DAWs. UF8 is uniquely flexible and promotes SSL’s Open DAW Policy – Control 3 different DAWs simultaneously and keep your production and mixdown process agile.
SSL 360° software must be installed on your Mac or Windows computer in order to use SSL UF8. SSL 360° is available for FREE from the downloads page.
SSL 360° software requires the following:
- Mac – 10.13 (High Sierra) and above
- Windows – Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 (or comparable AMD processor) CPU running at 2.4GHz or higher
- 8GB RAM or more is recommended
- Internet-connection for software updates from SSL 360° application
The following DAWs are officially supported by UF8 and have dedicated profiles in SSL 360°. We only officially test with the most recent versions of each DAW software. In most cases, previous versions will also work fine.
- Pro Tools®
- Logic Pro X®
- Cubase™ / Nuendo™
- Ableton® Live™
- Studio One®
It’s always recommended for you to be working with the latest major version and maintenance release of your DAW supported by your operating system.
Don’t See Your DAW in the list?
Many other DAWs have HUI & MCU controller integration. At the time of writing, we provide dedicated UF8 profiles for the list of DAWs above. For more information on the kind of integration you can expect between UF8 and DAWs not listed above, please see this FAQ page via the button below.
UF8 Physical Specification
17” x 10.5” x 2.4” / 431 x 266 x 62.7 mm (Width x Depth X Height)
Unboxed – 2.9 kg / 6.4 lbs
Boxed – 5.0 kg / 11.02 lbs