Solid State Logic Duende
Duende ("do-en-day") from SSL is a powerful DSP platform designed to serve up genuine, SSL console-grade audio processing within your audio workstation.
Years of custom, in-house DSP development and recent advances in technology have allowed us to finally create a product that delivers the sonic performance of SSL signal processing with maximum workflow integration at an affordable price.
Based on the superior DSP algorithms from our C-Series digital consoles, Duende is not a modeled recreation of the SSL sound - it's the genuine article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"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 three decades.
The Duende Bus Compressor brings the dual benefits of spectacular audio performance with a universally acclaimed compressor characteristic. Taking it 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 idelivers a sound quality that has produced hundreds of best selling recordings.
Duende offers up to 32 channels of SSL signal processing and supports sample rates from 44.1kHz to 96kHz.
Minimum System Requirements:
* Apple Macintosh G4 or G5 (933MHz or higher)
* OSX 10.4.4
* 512Mb of RAM
* 60Mb of free hard drive space
* 1024 X 768 screen resolution
* One available FireWire 400 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, 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.