Solid State Logic Now Shipping Duende - The SSL for your Audio Workstation (Pc/Mac)

Console-Grade Processing for your Audio Workstation
Solid State Logic, the industry leader in high-end analogue and digital consoles, is now shipping the hotly anticipated Duende, a new addition to its growing family of products for digital audio workstation users.

Based on the powerful DSP technology behind SSL’s C-Series digital consoles, Duende is a sleek, 19” rack-mount unit that seamlessly integrates console-grade SSL Channel and Dynamics processing with a digital audio workstation. On-board DSP runs SSL processing, relieving the burden on the host computer’s CPU.

“Duende is the result of our unique understanding of SSL’s sonic heritage coupled with years of DSP development,” says Niall Feldman, Director of Product Marketing. “To bring Duende to life, we took the DSP heart of our acclaimed C-Series consoles and transplanted it into a FireWire connected, 1U rack box.”

Duende allows for up to 32 channels of processing at sample rates up to 96khz. The EQ and Dynamics Channel provides a single plug-in slot EQ & Dynamics processing solution with all the power and processing flexibility of an SSL console channel.

Key features include:

• 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

The Duende Bus Compressor delivers the punch and drive of the classic SSL Master Bus Compressor, a key element of many legendary recordings. Widely regarded as ‘audio glue’ for a mix, its sound is an essential component in creating a great mix.

“When we were searching for a name for the project, we kept coming back to the concept that this was a box that contained the spirit of SSL, and of those who work here,” Feldman continues. “Duende, a term used in flamenco connected to magic, spirit and passion, is a name that evokes all that we’ve achieved with this product—and all we hope it will inspire its users to achieve.”

Duende ships initially with compatibility for Mac, with a PC version to follow later in 2006.

Price: 1899 dollar

From the homepage:

Duende. “A mysterious power which everyone senses and no philosopher explains.” 1.

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.

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.

Duende - Mix your music on an SSL.