Oxford, UK (June 29, 2006)–Solid State Logic is now shipping the anticipated Duende, a 19″ rack-mount unit that integrates SSL-grade Channel and Dynamics processing–based on the powerful DSP technology behind SSL’s C-Series digital consoles–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,” said 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.”
SSL’s EQ and Dynamics Channel Strip plug-inDuende 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
SSL’s Stereo Bus CompressorThe 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 continued. “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. More information is available at www.solid-state-logic.com/duende.
SSL has also launched Mix Buss (www.mixbuss.com), an online community for music production enthusiasts. Packed with tutorials, interviews, feature articles, and interactive forums, the Mix Buss mission is simple: to help you make better music.
“Mix Buss grew out of our need to develop a place for our expanding community of users to learn and share information about the art of music production,” said Feldman. “Over past few the years, the essential tools of music production have become far more accessible, equipment that once resided only in professional studios is now available broadly within software packages aimed at enthusiasts. The tools have been democratized, but the knowledge of how to use them to their best has not been. Mix Buss is going to grow into an online community where the artists, producers and engineers of today can share their knowledge with those of tomorrow.”
The first ‘issue’ of the website features interviews with producer Kevin Shirley, tutorials on compression and recording vocals, features on getting yourself heard in cyberspace and many more articles geared toward the music production enthusiast. Mix Buss has assembled a rapidly expanding team of contributors, from music chronicler, Mr. Bonzai, to the editors of well-regarded audio magazines.
Mix Buss is now live at: www.mixbuss.com.
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