SSL UF8

USB DAW Controller

  • 8 Touch-sensitive 100 mm motorized faders
  • 8 + 1 Rotary control with push function
  • 8 TFT LCD colour displays
  • Illuminated RGB "Soft Feel" button
  • Up to 4 UF8 can be cascaded via USB (32 faders maximum)
  • Control of up to 3 different DAWs at the same time
  • DAW communication: HUI / MCU
  • Multifunctional, rasterised master encoder for navigation
  • Track banking and mouse-wheel emulation
  • 43 Individually assignable buttons for frequently used shortcuts / macros (5 x 8 plus 3 quick keys)
  • Programming via SSL 360° software for Mac and PC
  • Metal housing
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 431 x 62.7 x 266 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • Includes Vocalstrip 2 and Drumstrip plug-ins (download after registration)
  • Includes external power supply

Connections:

  • USB-C
  • USB thru
  • 2 Foot switch inputs 6.3 mm jack

Note: 19"/ 6 U rack mounting bracket optionally available (not included)

Further Information

USB Yes
Bluetooth No
5-pole DIN MIDI No
Ethernet No
Fader 8
Rotary Encoders 8
Audio I/O No
Transport Function Yes
Footswitch connection Yes
Foot Controller Connection No
Bus-Powered No
Jog Yes
Joystick No
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The Ultimate DAW controller
RalphDD, 19.07.2021
I've been eyeing this controller since it was released to add to my Logic Pro setup and have had it now for about a week.

As someone who came up in the music production world with large format desks such as the SSL and Neve mixers, working in the box always felt like something was missing.....knobs and faders you can grab and change values without mousing around.

The SSL UF8 is an awesome DAW controller that is very nicely constructed and feels solid, with clear and bright color displays. The 100mm motorized faders are smooth and precise, and their touch‑sensitivity was flawless for me and not to forget the smooth rotary encoders.

It was a breeze to set up and easy to use with the SSL 360 software and
the Soft Keys offer a great deal of control to enhance my workflow.

Pros: Friendly to set up and breeze to use.

Cons: Although the Soft Keys can operate DAW transport controls and act as modifier keys, they’re not ideally positioned for this, but I'm sure SSL is working on a separate transport control unit - they should!

I'll revisit this review if needed once I've worked on some productions and mixes, to give more feedback.
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It works as advertised
Orion Studios, 06.04.2021
I use this DAW controller in my home studio. I use it mainly to mix songs in Logic Pro, not so much to record.

The initial setup and configuration of the software layer was pretty straight-forward. No complains at all. The default setup, even if it can be altered completely, is simple and useful enough to start working right out-of-the-box.

For the basic stuff (faders, pans, solo, mute...) the unit is very useful and works as smoothly as expected from an SSL product. A minor complain is that the resolution of the faders is "larger" on the UF8 so, even if you move the fader "a lot", at lower volumes, it takes a bit to reflect on the Logic fader. Nothing to worry about, though.

Dealing with sends is a delight, either using the VPOTS or the faders in flip mode. Nothing compared to the smallest-known-to-man Logic control.

At the same time, I use it a lot to manage and fine tune plugin parameters. So far, all parameters from all plugins appear correctly as parameters in the UF8. In this case, though, learning which VPOT does what is a bit frustrating and a bit of a try and error experience.

All in all, I highly recommend this unit if only to avoid being a mouse control freak as I usually am. It helps me focus on listening instead of seeing the mixes.
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One of the best controllers in the market
Jimi4482, 26.06.2021
SSL UF8 is an excellent quality controller. It's built like a tank. The enclosure is all metal. I use it for mixing with Cubase but it works with other DAWs too. It's got 8 high quality faders, 8 endless rotary encoders, 8 displays and lots of soft keys. All you need to do is connect it to a USB port on your computer, download the SSL 360 app from SSL's website and you're ready to go. It works great on controlling plugin parameters too! The only problem is that it doesn't have an on/off switch. If you want to turn it on/off all you got to do is to unplug the power supply, or use an external power strip with a switch. I think that pairing UF8 with the UC1 is the the total combination for fast and reliable mixing and if 8 faders aren't enough more units can be added to someone's setup for a total of 4 UF8s (32 faders) and one UC1 unit.
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Man muss seinen Workflow finden
Castor19, 27.02.2021
Einige werde schon auf eine erste Bewertung warten. Ich arbeite mit Ableton -eines vorweg : Nicht alle Funktionen des Gerätes werden von jeder DAW unterstützt.
Die Verarbeitung ist sehr wertig.
Ich hatte noch nie Motorfader-diese Dinger reagieren sehr sensibel selbst auf Antippen.
Die Potis laufen etwas rau, kein Vergleich zu den butterweich und fest sitzenden Potis von Akai. Da kommt irgendwie keiner ran.
Die Butten haben alle ein gutes Druckgefühl.
Das Mapping für Ableton ist eigentlich schon da, aber ich habe einiges umfunktioniert in der 360 ° Software.
Die Arbeitsweise des Gerätes muss man erstmal verstehen.
Wann wird was in den Displays angezeigt. Wann kann man was mit Potis, wann mit den Fadern bearbeiten.
Mir war es wichtig, Lautstärke Automationen aufnehmen zu können, und das nicht unbedingt auf der Spurlautstärke-die möchte ich immer noch anpassen können im Mixdown.
Nein ,ich habe es lieber, einen Gain Regler von zum Beispiel ,dem Utility zu automatisieren. Es geht, mit den Fadern ! Wenn man das Plugin auswählt. Alle Parameter werden in den Displays angezeigt.
Man kann den Poti nehmen ,oder mit der Flip Taste umschalten und so die Fader benutzen, auch wenn im Display wieder Volume für irgend eine Spur steht ,reagiert doch der Fader auf das zu vor angewählte Plugin und dessen Regler .Das muss man erstmal checken.

Ich habe ja auch die Hoffnung gehabt, UAD Plugins damit steuern zu können. Es geht auch !.So ziemlich alle Parameter jedes Plugins werden in den Display angezeigt, in abgekürzter Form (gilt auch für Spurnamen)
und so , händel-und automatisierbar.
Auch Ableton 11´s 16 Makroregler werden angezeigt.
Dadurch das man Seiten durchzappen kann ,werden alle möglichen Regler der Plugins angezeigt, aber nicht immer Alle vorhandenen.
Auf die Quick Tasten habe ich mir gelegt: neue Midi ,Audio und Take -Spur erstellen . Über die Softkeys rechts oben und dessen 5 mal 8 Belegungen, kann man Browser öffnen, Start , Stop ,Record, Loop und jeden anderen Befehl in Ableton setzten und ihn per Knopfdruck anwählen. Nur wenn man sich alles auf sich zuschneidert, verbessert sich auch der Workflow .
Als einzig wirklich Negativ finde ich, das die UF8 keinen Power Schalter hat. Das werde ich wohl über einen schaltbare Steckdose lösen müssen.
So ,ich hoffe ,damit kann ich dem ein oder anderen Interessenten helfen.
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