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SSL extends Duende plug-in collection with new Vocalstrip plug-in at AES 2008

Oct 10, 2008

SSL shows Vocalstrip for Duende @ AES 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — At AES 2008 (Booth #1218), Solid State Logic, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional digital and analogue consoles, demonstrated the Duende collection, the suite of DSP powered plug-ins that deliver the legendary SSL sound to your DAW. AES was the first demonstration of Vocalstrip, the latest addition to the plug-in collection.

Combining powerful EQ and dynamics sections with essential vocal processors, Vocalstrip brings 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.

Vocalstrip key features include:

  • 4 selected vocal processing tools with a unique SSL twist
  • Comparative analysis & dynamic envelope based De-esser
  • Comparative analysis & dynamic envelope based De-ploser
  • 3-band SSL EQ with High-Pass, ‘asymmetric notch’ and ‘air’ bands
  • Compander featuring compression, downwards expansion and output drive
  • Informative visual feedback showing EQ curves and real time FFT overlay

Features of the innovative Duende plug-in environment include:

  • Complete control over process order
  • Mouse wheel parameter adjustment and numeric data entry
  • A/B functionality for alternate setting comparison
  • Preset management system provides continuity between all DAW platforms

The Duende plug-in collection includes
Bundled plug-ins: Channel Strip and Stereo Bus Compressor (*optional with Duende Mini)
Optional plug-ins: Vocalstrip, Drumstrip, X-EQ and X-Comp

Duende Channel Strip
The Duende Channel Strip delivers the classic SSL console channel strip features and sound in plug-in form. It features 4-band EQ with two shelving sections and two parametric sections. EQ tonal characteristics are switchable between E Series and G Series console EQ response curves. There are variable low-pass and high-pass filters, “Over-Easy” soft ratio compression characteristic for smooth transitions and 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.

Duende Hardware Options
The DSP power behind the proprietary 40bit processing engine is available in three hardware formats. Duende Mini a cool compact, portable desktop box that connects to your computer via Firewire. Duende Classic is a studio friendly 1U 19” rack based unit which also connects to your computer via Firewire. Duende PCIe is a PCIe card that installs within either a Mac or a PC and makes full use of the superior bandwidth of your computer’s internal PCIe bus.

Duende Plug-ins are compatible with any VST, AudioUnit or RTAS* host application. (*RTAS supported through the use of VST-RTAS wrapper).
Duende Mini is available through SSL Resellers.

Duende Mini MSRP $995
Duende Mini 16 to 32 channel upgrade $399
Stereo Bus Compressor $399

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