The configuration of the SSL 4000 G+ will certainly take a new user some time to get used to, as there are a ton of features available on this console and it can really take years of use to fully understand everything this console has to offer. While it is easy to access and use the basic preamp and EQ features, the SSL 4000 G+ can get extremely in depth and will take some time to learn it all, no matter how experienced of an engineer you are. I have never seen the manual for the SSL 4000 G+ console, but if you have one it is definitely a good idea to have it around while trying to learn this impressive console.
The sound quality of SSL 4000 G+ is all around just about as good as it gets. The preamps are extremely clean and full sounding and are great for recording just about anything, while the EQs are also super clean with a good amount of control over what you are cutting and boosting. This is an awesome console for popular rock and pop music, but is absolutely qualified to record any and all genres of music. This console is probably the cleanest sounding board that I have ever used, and that is really saying a lot!
I first used the SSL 4000 G+ console about four years ago and I have been unable to replicate the sounds I get with this console with any other type of console. While my first choice for recording consoles is Neve, the SSL has a totally different quality to them and while both console are great, they simple excel best in different places. If you are recording popular music I believe there is no better console than the SSL 4000 G+, but if you are after a more vintage sound, Neve is the way to go. The SSL 4000 G+ is one of the most popular consoles ever made for a reason and I expect to see this beauty around and being widely used for years and years to come.