June 25, 2006

SSL Duende first user review...

by Chris Randall
 

Continuing my Duende fetish, here's the first review I've seen. People that had ordered them started receiving the first units this week, so we'll see some more of these. (I should just make a reusable Duende icon now, because I'm going to be talking about this a lot.)


It's interesting to note that this guy has two PoCo PCI, a UAD-1, and a FW PoCo in his system already, and didn't have any problems adding a Duende. A lot of people were worried about that. It is a Mac, obviously, so that may color your opinion on that particular subject. I plan to run the Duende and a PoCo FW on the same Windows box; we'll see how that goes.


That all said, the review reads about like I thought it would. I'm looking forward to September when the PC software becomes available.

 
 
 

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Jun.27.2006 @ 6:07 PM
DaveAA
Aren't SSL known for their analogue consoles? I'm sure all those countless albums mixed on SSLs were mostly done on the analogue boards, so why are people excited about their plug-ins?

Am I missing something? Do the digital SSL consoles sound just like the analogue consoles?

 
 

 
Jul.03.2006 @ 10:09 AM
cowudders
Hi all, first 'comment'.
Of course SSL are famous for their analog consoles.
There's been an audio-interview with Joe Bryan of Universal Audio. He is the main DSP writer for the UAD-1 plugins and he said, one of the main ingredients in the (I think great) UAD-1 plugs are the distortion characteristics. I think we are used to hearing distortion and very curious how the duende does in this regard. I'm not talking about 'metal zone' distortion, obviously.

cheers,
bernd

 
 

 
Jul.16.2006 @ 10:03 AM
[email protected]
Just for the record, Waves have had no involvement with the Duende project whatsoever.
 
 

 
Aug.05.2006 @ 11:22 AM
skygod
Hello world ... Hey guys, the topic is Duende First review, remember? All you dickheads have been talking about for the past half hour is about the politics and economics of the developers. Who gives a fuck? Certainly not moi. Jesus Christ you're getting as bad as the Gearslutz coconuthead douchebags. Nobody can ever stay on topic anymore than 3 seconds without hijacking any post by drifting off into the fantasy conjecture world of Morony ---

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Have a nice day
~skygod~/

 
 

 
Nov.02.2006 @ 12:23 PM
MattH
Howdy...my first time on here.
Is anyone using the duende with a pro tools LE system?
does this vst to rtas wrapper really work?

thanks

 
 

 
Nov.02.2006 @ 12:24 PM
MattH
Howdy...my first time on here.
Is anyone using the duende with a pro tools LE system?
does this vst to rtas wrapper really work?

thanks

 
 

 
Jan.10.2007 @ 10:37 PM
Soundmanager
There are a few people that are a little in the dark
about the Duende.
Musicmachinemaker wrote:

"I don't know how SSL emulated theirs, also with dynamic convolution ?
Compairing it with all the hardware it emulates is much harder to do because not all SSL consoles sound the same"

It is NOT an emulation of anything.
Some of the same hardware is in the C200


DaveAAwrote:
"Aren't SSL known for their analogue consoles? I'm sure all those countless albums mixed on SSLs were mostly done on the analogue boards, so why are people excited about their plug-ins?
Am I missing something? Do the digital SSL consoles sound just like the analogue consoles?"

To help clear up some details here is a quote from the Remix's review of the Duende:

"Duende's brains are quite literally lifted from the SSL C200 digital production console. Interestingly, the C200's algorithms were modeled on the company's XL9000K SuperAnalogue console, which was released in 2002 and has since become the quintessential large-format desk of choice for pop and hip-hop producers and mix engineers around the world.
Duende is a direct descendant of SSL's proven digital technology based on the sound of its latest analog lineage. And since this is Solid State Logic virtualizing its own gear, you know the company did it right.
Duende boasts a quartet of dazzlingly powerful 333 MHz 40-bit floating point SHARC DSPs?individually more powerful than those in the C200."

 
 

 
Jan.10.2007 @ 10:37 PM
Soundmanager
There are a few people that are a little in the dark
about the Duende.
Musicmachinemaker wrote:

"I don't know how SSL emulated theirs, also with dynamic convolution ?
Compairing it with all the hardware it emulates is much harder to do because not all SSL consoles sound the same"

It is NOT an emulation of anything.
Some of the same hardware is in the C200


DaveAAwrote:
"Aren't SSL known for their analogue consoles? I'm sure all those countless albums mixed on SSLs were mostly done on the analogue boards, so why are people excited about their plug-ins?
Am I missing something? Do the digital SSL consoles sound just like the analogue consoles?"

To help clear up some details here is a quote from the Remix's review of the Duende:

"Duende's brains are quite literally lifted from the SSL C200 digital production console. Interestingly, the C200's algorithms were modeled on the company's XL9000K SuperAnalogue console, which was released in 2002 and has since become the quintessential large-format desk of choice for pop and hip-hop producers and mix engineers around the world.
Duende is a direct descendant of SSL's proven digital technology based on the sound of its latest analog lineage. And since this is Solid State Logic virtualizing its own gear, you know the company did it right.
Duende boasts a quartet of dazzlingly powerful 333 MHz 40-bit floating point SHARC DSPs?individually more powerful than those in the C200."

 
 

 
May.06.2007 @ 10:47 AM
Othentic
Hey guys - (first post)

I just bought Duende last week. Never played on one before but the only thing I can say is wow. I've been using lots of good plugins WAVES, URS, UAD-1's. The SSL plugins just sound great, you can push them to the limit and they still sound great. One of the best investment I've made since my RME Fireface.

As for why they would've let WAVES develop SSL plugins., I've got my idea on it. It is proven that having competition brings more business to both of the companies than being alone. Ex: Having 2-3 gas stations on the corner of a street will be better for al than being alone, cause it brings attention. I think it'S the same with SLL. They just want to bring attention to their products. Let say you,re a die hard fan of WAVES and they get SLL4000 out... it'Ll still bring attention to SLL inderectly. If you like/love the plugins, you'll probably consider a Duende someday...

 
 

 
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