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Solid State Logic Duende Console Plug-In Hardware Platform

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Based on the digital technology behind SSL's C-Series consoles, the rackmountable Duende delivers the complete SSL mix experience”powerful channel an...Click To Read More About This Product

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A rackmount plug-in processor that delivers the sound of SSL's classic studio consoles.

Based on the digital technology behind SSL's C-Series consoles, the rackmountable Duende delivers the complete SSL mix experience”powerful channel and dynamics processing and the legendary Stereo Bus Compressor. It's 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. Mix your music on an SSL with Duende.

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 four band parametric equalizer, an independent compressor/limiter and gate/expander as well as an output gain adjustment knob.

Filter Section
The Filter Section of the EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip plug-in 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 four-band parametric EQ. This plug-in includes two distinct EQ flavours, 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 two 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: 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 two 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 two very different modes of compression and limiting with Peak Mode giving far more dramatic compression characteristics.


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 four seconds and a variable release time from 0.1 to 4 seconds.

Stereo Bus Compressor Plug-In Bus Compressor
"Sticks your mix like audio glue." - That's how the SSL Stereo Bus Compressor is often described, along with - "You strap it across your mix - and it sounds like a record.". One 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 three 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.

Note: This also comes with a free download of Duende V3 which provides a few feature enhancements as well as introduces high channel count capabilities to the Duende platform.

Single rackspace processor
Up to 32 channels of SSL signal processing
Sample rates from 44.1kHz to 96kHz
FireWire interface
EQ and dynamics channel
Filter section
Equalizer section
Dynamics section
Stereo bus compressor
For best performance, your system should meet the minimum requirements for your selected host application.
Mac System Requirements:
Apple Macintosh G4 or G5 (933MHz or higher)
OSX 10.4.4
512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
60MB hard drive space
1024 X 768 screen resolution
One available FireWire 400 port
Recommended VST, AudioUnit or RTAS host application*
PC System Requirements:
Intel Pentium IV/AMD 1Ghz or higher
Windows XP SP2 or higher
512MB RAM (1GB recommended)
80MB free hard drive space
1024 X 768 screen resolution
Internet connection for software updates
One available Firewire 400 port
Recommended VST, AudioUnit or RTAS host application**

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