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Solid State Logic 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 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.

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

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