SSL Duende

Solid State Logic are best known for their ultra high end mixing desks that most of the hit records that you can name have been recorded or mixed on. Now, SSL have brought out Duende to bring affordable EQ, Dynamics etc to the workstation. With Duende you can now mix on an SSL at home.

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You already know the sound of an SSL console -- you've heard it on countless hit records from the last four decades. Now those superior mix characteristics are available within your digital audio workstation, seamlessly integrated as powerful plug-ins served up on a custom DSP platform.

 

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Based on the digital technology behind SSL's C-Series consoles, Duende delivers the complete SSL mix experience -- powerful channel and dynamics processing and the legendary Stereo Bus Compressor. The easiest way to get professional mixes that sound like a record.

Duende offers complete integration into the most popular workstation environments with one simple FireWire cable connection. The processing blocks appear as VST/AU plug-ins (RTAS support via FXPansion wrapper) -- including an authentic SSL channel strip with filters, E and G series EQ and dynamics processing, as well as the legendary SSL Stereo Bus Compressor.

 

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EQ & Dynamics Channel Plug-In:
The EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip plug-in is ported from the C200 console and includes separate high and low pass filters, a 4-band parametric equalizer, an independent compressor/limiter and gate/expander as well as an output gain adjustment knob.

 

Input Section:
The Input Section of the EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip plug-in features an Input gain knob offering 20db of gain and attenuation and an accompanying Input level meter. There is a Phase reverse switch with status LED and a Bypass All switch offering latency free by-pass of all plug-in processing.

 

Filter Section:
The Filter Section includes a 12dB/Octave low pass filter and an 18dB/Octave high pass filter. The filters can be placed after the equalizer, before the equalizer or in the sidechain of the Dynamics section.

 

Equalizer Section:
The Equalizer section is a classic, flexible 4-band parametric EQ. This plug-in includes 2 distinct EQ flavors, one based on the SSL G series EQ and another based on the latest version of SSL's legendary E series EQ. The plug-in includes high and low frequency shelving equalizers (which can be switched to peaking curves) and 2 overlapping equalizers with adjustable Q. Like the Filters section, the EQ section can be switched into the side chain of the Dynamics section. If both Filter and EQ sections are assigned to the dynamic side chain the Filter section precedes the EQ.

Dynamics Section:


The EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip compressor/limiter section has a number of key features including a variable compression ratio from 1:1 to Infinity:1, a variable threshold from -30dB to +10dB, auto sensing attack time (or selectable 1ms attack time), and a variable release from 0.1 to 4 seconds. The Compressor/Limiter has 2 modes of signal detection, Peak and RMS. As their names suggest these modes of detection either act on peaks of the incoming signals or on their RMS levels. This gives 2 very different modes of compression and limiting with Peak Mode giving far more dramatic compression characteristics.

 

Expander/Gate:
The Expander/Gate controls include a variable range from 0 to 40dB, a variable threshold from -30dB to +10dB, an auto-sensing attack time (switchable to 150 micro seconds), a variable hold time from 0 to 4 seconds and a variable release time from 0.1 to 4 seconds.

 

Stereo Bus Compressor Plug-In:
"Sticks your mix like audio glue." -- That's how we often hear the SSL Stereo Bus Compressor described, along with -- "You strap it across your mix -- and it sounds like a record.". We could wax lyrical about the technology -- but hey, you already know how great this thing sounds -- you've heard it on countless hit records from the last 3 decades.

 

The Duende Bus Compressor brings the dual benefits of spectacular audio performance with a universally acclaimed compressor characteristic. Taking its sonic cues from the bus compressor found in the Solid State Logic SL 4000 G Series console, the world's most successful studio production console, the plug-in delivers a sound quality that has produced hundreds of best selling recordings.


Technical Info

 

Duende offers up to 32 channels of SSL signal processing and supports sample rates from 44.1kHz to 96kHz.

Minimum System Requirements PC
Intel Pentium IV/AMD 1Ghz or higher

Windows XP SP2 or higher

512Mb of RAM (1Gb Recommended)

80Mb of free hard drive space

1024 X 768 screen resolution

Internet connection for software updates

1 available Firewire/IEEE1394 400Mbit port

Recommended VST, AudioUnit or RTAS host application*

In addition, for best performance, your system should meet the minimum requirements for your selected host application.

* Steinberg Cubase SX 3, Cubase 4, Nuendo 3 and Wavelab 6, Cakewalk Sonar 5, Ableton Live 6, Digidesign Pro Tools LE 7 and M-Powered 7 through the use of VST-RTAS wrapper.

Minimum System Requirements Mac
Apple Macintosh G4 or G5 (933MHz or higher)

OSX 10.4.8

512Mb of RAM (1Gb Recommended)

80Mb of free hard drive space

1024 X 768 screen resolution

Internet connection for software updates

1 available Firewire/IEEE1394 400Mbit port

Recommended VST, AudioUnit or RTAS host application*

In addition, for best performance, your system should meet the minimum requirements for your selected host application.

* Apple's Logic Pro 7.1, Steinberg's Cubase SX3 and Nuendo 3. Digidesign's Pro Tools LE 7 and HD 7 through the use of VST-RTAS wrapper.

 

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