SSL’s UF8 gives your virtual music studio physical controls

by Joseph K. Clark

At this point, it’s standard for almost all studio work to happen on a computer. But there’s no denying that having a physical mixer is more satisfying and intuitive than a mouse and keyboard, though. So a controller that can bridge that gap is always welcome. Solid State Logic’s UF8 gives you immediate access to eight tracks in your DAW (digital audio workstation) of choice — be that Ableton, Pro Tools, or Logic complete with high-resolution faders for controlling your volume levels.

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Beyond just volume, there are multi-purpose encoders for each channel for tweaking sends, pan, and EQ settings. You can even use mouse scroll emulation to control any location you have highlighted. Each channel also has a full-color display to give you immediate feedback. It might not altogether remove the need to look at your computer screen, but at least basic mixing tasks should be accessible without touching your PC.

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