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New V3 software with A-FADA for Duality available now

New software introduces acclaimed A-FADA system and new ‘Channel to Master Fader’ mode.

Mar 6, 2013

Duality @ Abbey Road, London

OXFORD, ENGLAND – We are pleased to announce that the new V3 software for our Duality console is available now. Duality V3 introduces the acclaimed A-FADA automation system to Duality and a 'Channel to Master Fader' mode providing new workflow possibilities.

First introduced with the AWS 948, A-FADA (Analogue Fader Accesses DAW Automation) is an innovative way of using DAW automation to drive the analogue faders on an SSL console. Engineers and producers have been using SSL automation to craft hit records since 1979 with the launch of the SL4000B, which was the first ever console to integrate a computer driven VCA automation. Over the years, SSL continued to develop the power and flexibility of analogue automation with the 4000G and 9000K consoles, giving the engineer a complete toolset for creating dynamic mixes. Many automation modes that are taken for granted in today’s DAW were modeled on SSL automation. The widespread use of the DAW has led to more mixing and automation being crafted inside the computer, however many leading mix engineers still look to the analogue domain to achieve their sound. Whether it’s for the practical workflow or the subtle noise colouration, an analogue console still has significant place in the modern day studio. A-FADA combines the best of both worlds; the sound of an SSL automated mix with the convenience of DAW tools and control. A-FADA is made possible by clever use of the MDAC driven faders on AWS and Duality consoles. This is the same groundbreaking MDAC system that allows the consoles to switch between controlling the analogue signal levels or DAW faders. The workstation automation is used to drive the MDAC faders on each channel, instead of the on-board automation system, which results in the ideal combination - workstation automation: analogue sound.

V3 Key Features

  • A-FADA mode: Allows the motorised analogue faders to follow DAW Automation. Read more about A-FADA here.
  • Channel to Master Fader mode: Allows analogue channel faders and solos to be controlled from the master fader.
  • Channel Naming: Tabbing to the next channel name now highlights the text automatically.
  • Glide Frames: This setting now extends down to 0.
  • For more information on the new features and upgrade procedure, please review the installation instructions available here.

    V3 is compatible with all Duality consoles including those that are not running Duality SE Logictivity enabled software. V3 is free to download and install, however, the availability of A-FADA and the Channel to Master Fader features are dependent on whether you have purchased the A-FADA licence option. Other improvements in this release are freely available to all Duality users. An upgrade kit to enable A-FADA and the Channel to Master Fader features is available to purchase from your nearest distributor or SSL Office. Please quote part code 70940AF1 when ordering the kit. Alternatively you can purchase the upgrade from our online store here.

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