SSL releases LMC+ module for 500 format modular rack

Solid State Logic has announced the release of the LMC+ Module for the 500 format modular rack platform.

The LMC+ Module is a new and enhanced version of the original SSL Listen Mic Compressor (LMC). The processor, from the SL 4000E console, featured in many producers’ sonic arsenal of recording and mixing equipment in the 1980s.

Originally designed to prevent overloading the return feed from a studio communications mic, the LMC’s fixed attack and release curves were used on ambient drums mics and delivered an aggressive tone. Over time it has been used to process backing vocals, guitars, parallel compression feeds and more.

This new version includes all of the characteristics of the original version but with a collection of new features: a pair of variable SSL High Pass and Low Pass filters to allow targeting of a specific frequency range, a filters-to-compressor side chain option and a wet/dry blend control for instant parallel compression.

Two additional new tools are added – the ‘Scoop’ button phase inverts the wet signal to give unusual sound sculpting possibilities using the Wet/Dry blend control, and the ‘Split’ button engages a bandpass subtraction mode that can compress certain frequencies of the signal and leave others untouched to be blended back together at the output stage. Using the ‘Scoop’ and ‘Split’ modes can subtly add tone or completely destroy and deconstruct the audio you feed it.