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At NAMM (Booth #6907, Hall A), Solid State Logic has announced that "the quality, precision and DSP driven power of SSL plug-ins" is now available in new affordable Duende Mini Expanded and Duende Studio Pack options.

Duende Mini and Duende PCIe hardware is now available from SSL Resellers in new cost effective bundles that include the DSP & Bus Compressor Plug-in Upgrade for Mini and/or the complete SSL Plug-in Collection.

There are three new options available:

  • Duende Mini Expanded: Duende Mini (includes Channel Strip) + Bus Compressor + 16 to 32 Channel Upgrade. Buy a Duende Mini hardware unit with the 16 to 32 channel DSP Upgrade and the legendary SSL G Series Bus Compressor Plug-in pre-authorized.
  • Duende Mini Studio Pack: Duende Mini (includes Channel Strip) + Bus Compressor + 16 to 32 Channel Upgrade + Drumstrip + Vocalstrip + X-EQ + X-Comp. Buy a Duende Mini hardware unit with the 16 to 32 channel DSP Upgrade and the entire Duende Plug-in collection pre-authorized.
  • Duende PCIe Studio Pack: Duende PCIe (includes Channel Strip & Stereo Buss compressor) + Drumstrip + Vocalstrip + X-EQ + X-Comp. Buy a Duende PCIe hardware unit with the entire Duende Plug-in collection pre-authorized.

There are six plug-ins in the Duende collection.

Duende Channel Strip key features include:

  • Classic SSL console channel strip features and sound.
  • 4-band EQ, two shelving sections and two parametric.
  • Variable low-pass and high-pass filter.
  • Switchable EQ characteristics between E Series and G Series EQ.
  • "Over-Easy" soft ratio compression characteristic for smooth transitions.
  • Variable process order routing.
  • Dynamics side-chain processing with independent side chains for compressor and expander/gate.

Duende Stereo Bus Compressor
The centre section compressor from SSL's 1980's G Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is the secret behind countless classic recordings. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. The Duende Stereo Bus Compressor brings this classic 'audio glue' to you within your workstation.

Drumstrip
The secret of how to make an average drum recording sound incredible can be elusive. It takes the right combination of processors, with the perfect sonic character, in the correct configuration and tweaked in the right way. Drumstrip does the difficult bit for you. Putting the right selection of fantastic sounding processing tools in your hands, Drumstrip can get you from an ordinary, average drum sound to a vibrant, exhilarating drum sound in a few quick, easy steps. Plug in, switch on and experiment.

X-EQ
X-EQ is an open and transparent sounding parametric EQ that provides the user with a truly comprehensive range of EQ tools within an intuitive user interface. X-EQ is exceptionally flexible with the ability to be surgically precise for mastering duties or to smooth and sculpt for every day audio production. It's also particularly suited to real-time manipulation for dramatic filter sweep effects.

X-Comp
X-Comp is extremely versatile; it can deliver the transparent audio finesse of a mastering grade stereo compressor or be driven to inject character and raw power to rival the SSL Listen Mic Compressor. It has an innovative set of control features that are immensely powerful and sophisticated yet remain intuitive and simple to operate.

Vocalstrip
Vocalstrip blends the right four processing elements to create the simple route to professional vocal recordings. Combining EQ and dynamics sections with essential vocal processors, Vocalstrip aims to bring power, character and clarity to vocal tracks from a single interface. Vocalstrip solves the challenges of producing great vocal recordings with four processing tools carefully selected and calibrated to deliver great results every time.

Duende Plug-ins are compatible with any VST and AudioUnit host application.

Pricing & Availability

Duende Mini Expanded & Duende Studio Packs are available as of February 2009 via SSL Resellers.

  • Duende Mini Expanded - $1049
  • Duende Mini Studio Pack - $1749
  • Duende PCIe Studio Pack - $1399
 
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