Solid State Logic has announced the launch of its latest plugin release. SSL Native X-Echo is inspired by the sound of legendary hardware tape delays of the ’60s and ’70s.

X-Echo introduces SSL’s advanced workflow and host of forward-thinking production tools. Able to effortlessly deliver traditional tape delay effects like swirling echoes and classic slap back, X-Echo is also capable of more contemporary creative delays effects commonly found in electronic music.

Practical and creative features include 4 switchable tape heads syncable to note value, DAW or MS with a single click, classic SSL style saturation, built-in de-esser, advanced waveform visualization and a brand-new ‘lo-fi’ SSL reverb processor.

Jonathan Sandman, Product Manager – SSL Studio Plug-in comments:

“The depth of different delay effects you can create with SSL Native X-Echo – from vintage grunge and shoegaze, to rhythmic and clean modern echoes – marks only the beginning of many more creative plug-in offerings from SSL that are currently in the works.”

X-Echo combines tape-style signal degradation and soft compression with classic SSL-style distortion characteristics, accessible with dedicated ‘Wow & Flutter’ and ‘Saturation’ controls. The plug-in also features ‘Feedback’ control and ‘Freeze’ and ‘Kill’ functions, ideal for controlling delay length and buildups.

Other features of X-Echo include EQ Loop / filtering and SSL Mix Lock. There is a custom ‘Diffusion’ control, as well as a built-in in ‘De-esser’ — useful for controlling buildups of energy at certain frequencies and sibilance that tape echoes often accentuate. X-Echo’s also includes unique ‘Stereo Width’ processor which uses a custom phase shifting technique, allowing users to control the width of their delay lines.

The plugin is available for Windows and Mac (VST/VST3, AU and AAX), priced $199 USD. It is also part of the SSL Complete Bundle Subscription from $14.99 USD per/month. X-Echo will be available with an introductory 25% discount until November 27th, 2021.

More information: Solid State Logic