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Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 7 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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moosers's review

SSL Duende
The SSL Duende is a DSP board based set of plug-ins that are modeled after some of the analog SSL consoles. This version contains both a channel strip that has compression, a gate, EQs, and filters while the other plug-in is a compressor. The machine I use this plug-in set with is an Apple Mac G5 and I run the plug-in with a Pro Tools HD system.


Installing the SSL Duende takes a little bit longer than most plug-ins because it has the DSP board that also needs to be installed in addition to the software. However, if you follow the instructions properly it isn't all that hard and once the DSP board is installed you never have to touch it again. I had no compatibility issues at all with my configuration and it has always run flawlessly for me. The interface of the plug-in is also pretty easy to understand even though there are a lot of different parameters and sections to them. The manual for SSL Duende is pretty necessary to have around so you can install the DSP board properly, so unless you have previous experience with it I would recommend having it around.


I usually have no problems at all running a bunch of different SSL Duende plug-ins at once, as I've never had an instance where I was running out of processing power because of them. This all has to do with the DSP board that does all the work so your computer does not have to. It also makes the sound quality of the plug-ins extremely high as these truly sound great.


I've been using SSL Duende for about a year and I've found it to be a great set of plug-ins. All of the EQs and compressors sound awesome and are great for an endless variety of applications. While the price of SSL Duende isn't cheap at all, it is designed for professionals and those who want that great SSL sound without having to spend an incredible amount of money. Overall, great for both home and professional studio owners who want an awesome set of plug-ins that won't tax your computer.

higgens66's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?
Dj I had the opportunity to work on SSL consoles and I have a SSL channel strip. Plutt I am a fan of the brand.

- For what purpose?
Registration groups and live recordings!

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
Pc Pentium 4 to 3 GHz with 2 GB RAM and two hard drives: a 160GB IDE and a SATA 300GB on which I record (both for my other OS).

- Which instruments do you use or the Systmes? ...
All types of instruments, there are no limits.


- Installation is it without problem?
Install it without any worries. I bought it on occasion and have updates downloads the latest version of the driver. A total of 3 minutes, stopwatch in hand.

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?
Yes, with my DIGI 002 on the same FireWire port. I had read on the website that others also have problems and I DJ Prior, bought a FireWire card supplmentaire prvision in this purchase. It took me close the project, my Duende plugger on the other port and everything went like clockwork.

- The configuration gnrale is easy?
There is a trick that's too bad: The Duende gnre latency between the signal in between the track and the cost. Softwares such as Cubase SX3 (4) True automatically but Pro Tools LE does not do (there are only a Pro Tools HD Digidesign do it). But is this concern for SSL or Digidesign.

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Cit the problem above is mentioned at the outset when you read the manual implementation. It also explains how to get around the concern in Pro Tools LE (in plaant a time limit on other slices).


- The drivers are stable?
looks. Any fawn, when working with audio, the machine will always be some tendency shakes. Just to be careful (do not connect a plug SSL on a slice while the song plays, for example).

- Are they often put day?
Know, I just have it.

- What software do you use most often?
Pro Tools 7.4 and Digi 002 with Cubase SX3 with a Saffire Pro 26i / o

- What you get lag?

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...
I just tried a mix with 16 tracks and my pc does not flinch. There is a SSL channel on each track.


- How long have you use it?
It's been a week since I work and I have a lot of late. I'll be able to test thoroughly.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
MOST ---- ----
What KILL. You have to go sparingly. But it's true sound. For those who want sound, do not hsiter second.

---- --- THE LEAST
Well, it's not the price. I find, personal, and for what I pay to have the comfort of having a slice per track in which there is an EQ, a gate, a compass and an Expander more filters, and all this without my machine suffers is not a luxury, if you want to do the job, although sr.
The less is the latency in Pro Tools LE. But to counter the problem, just put an SSL channel each track, this Manir, there is more dcalage between tracks and the tracks with no.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

- How do you report qualitprix?
Extra!! As stated above, not only was the sound, but in addition it relieves the processor of the machine (to put more plug for example), and more were all in one. My other plug in my machine (and yet I have many) will not come in extra! It is all the same a solid machine.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
I am the derrire the ground. I really never found the satisfaction of a mix with all my plugin. Silent sound flat, cold, something was missing. L is real happiness. Not only sounds but also, it is sound (no chart to see how triturated sound, everything is done the ear).
There is also another thing I like skiing: is the fact that we should again, like the old days, reconfigure the environment before starting work. This practice is forgotten with the area of ​​digital. Here it is to know about what bands we will add the duende. The other should be the deadline. In addition, I use as a 02R mixing desk and I have to configure it to work in remote for my Pro Tools. This requires that I assign my tracks properly and I do groups in Pro Tools (since 8 tracks via the remote only 02R). This means also that I prpare my session (including SSL) before starting mix. And flexibility becomes standard once it was a little prpar.
The trick is to witchcraft and I would consider buying a good deuxime (but I do not need it). For cons, I have also the x and x-comp-dmo in Eq (10) and I'll buy my ds budget.
I put 9 in the global and 7 to install and the problem of latency (it can be easily rsoudre). 9 is for sound, and what a sound.

jean06300's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende
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Same prcdent comment


No problem


For 1 year.

If you have an SSL dja mix of series C, for example, one of the tops. M'tant So put the retirement life of an APRS work well probe. I made a small home studio to help young artists (which mean no money). Knowing the quality I purchased a SSL Duende. Dsilusion What, after all, and to short, you buy hardware with 3 plugs, two for show, and the bus compressor, so effective, that is only useful for making holes in the b tone. on the other hand, if like me you you crack a lot (too much) and more euros by buying the XEQ X and COMP. Then began the like SSL. It was good marketing, to use its reputable. Or you can say he can not use it, or stuff is commonplace. Indicated: Apogee Rosetta converters, costs ADAM with subwoofer (correction ARC), Brauner Phantom C microphone singing, pramps Euphonix. If you have the money so I put 9

Yvo2000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende
I t attracted by the reputable brand and the TRS has enjoyed a good press this product in the United States via the Internet. I was looking for a map of external treatment can relieve the CPU on my MacBook Pro and bring a more rel in relation to its plug-ins from Logic Pro.

Only EQ, Compressor, Gate, and no reverb and other effects but many dj.


The facility is comfortable, but the recording phase is of the same obscure. It's simple, registration must be provided to the n that is not complete SERIES placed on the hardware part of the machine. Missing the last three digits XXX-nots. I galr to find in the literature o they were nowhere and I finally found by accident by trying all possible 000 999. (C'tait something like 032). It occupies an entire section of their internet forum is saying! The price of the product, I find that it is a disgrace. So bad note for me on that. But aside from this, no problem or trouble report.

The manuals and tutorials available online are complete and trs same real value pdagogique.

In terms of inconsistency, for the FW version of the map, note that you need a possder portFirewire indpendant that MUST NOT BE SHARED with FW sound card or your sound will crack and at times disparatre . So it is ncessaire possder of two FW ports indpendants, or else use a sound card USB.2. We must know and the public does prcise course not!


Aside from the problem of his who will be invited if you share your FW port with a sound card as I prcis above, the drivers are stable, updated.

I use it with Logic Pro on my MacBookPro and uen old version of Cubase on my PC. In both cases, the Duende works well with some other plants of time. But not more than any other plug-in or audio projects gnrale.

Mixing, no perceptible latency. For the record, I even try it.

In its Duende Classic, 32 plug-ins I / stereo 16 used at the same time. If the FW port is not shared with a hard drive or sound card, all plug-ins are REALLY effective. In case of I RPET but we know it!, Crack big projects from all sides and Figure 8 or more than ten plugs can then be utiliss.


I use it for a year.

The PLUS + + + + + +

- The big plus is fortunately the audio quality SSL and surgical prcise for EQ and gates, but transparent carrment standard compressors (I possde plug-in additional X-Comp) . Stark contrast in terms of quality with the EQ in Logic Pro yet plutt good dj. I'm not on this point. At compressors, compltera your palette perfectly if you possdez dj several plug-in compressor "vintage". Here, it is not in the formulation such lamps in 1176, Fairchild or LA-2A, but in the Solid State Logic pure and simple, that is transparent, but completely effective. Subtly shuffled a formulation "vintage", your SSL compressors (Especially the X-Comp) will help you in all your projects. Bus compressor demand a real finger in rglages. But with a little exprience will quickly become indispensable on all your trips bus acts as the glue to the mix. The SSL Bus compressor gets at least my preferences on other software compressors bus I could essay including the excellent Sony Oxford SERIES (TC Powercore).

- Have a mixer 32 tracks that really sounds SSL SSL for less than 1000 Euros, even though it's still useful!

The LESS --- ---

- Just scroll card that offers products that SSL few.

- When even expensive! Including additional plug-ins option.

- History of the FW port sharing (see above) that closes a lot of possibilities (I bought a sound card USB.2 to mix with my SSL. For the record (SSL inactive) and mastering (few tracks) on the other hand, I use a FW card)

- Plug-ins are supplied without any presets. You possdez so no starting point that you support If you are not an express its ingnieur. The contribution of either the large size would have a more non mtier ngligeable.

- For a gnration (I am) by DJ / producer qualiseurs habitus to "visual", know that the strip does not possde Schematic layout of your qualisation and as the lack of included presets, it will require much better use of your ears. Some may laugh, but at first I really was missing.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir [/ b]

I possde also a TC Electronic PowerCore plug-in without additional. Complmentaire useful. But if SSL can do little as it does so much better all the same. It's simple, my SSL is the pice of my matress and DAW is in the heart of all my projects, while I use my Powercore for things SPECIFICATIONS.

How do you report qualitprix?
On this point, I would say that the map FW Duende SSL is the professional quality for a price consquent.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...

I have no regrets, but I look forward to the arrival of the card UAD-2 Solo / Laptop ExpressCard format for my laptop. It is important to ask what we are looking for before buying a Duende. If your exact screw is a transparent sound and completely effective then yes, if it's more of flexibility more effects and a more vintage, so I ogle plutt from Universal Audio. The rest of IDAL possder both. In my case, at least this is what is budgeted for ending for all.

So in his résumé 10/10 for SSL, but 7 / 10 points for the other deficits. I put 8.5.

nicobass06's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende
I was looking for something trs good quality in hardware in order to free the CPU. The purpose of replacing a silent table mix and find good trs pluggins EQ.


No particular problem with the installation. With only firefire port on my motherboard, I connected the duende firewire port of my prsonus FIREPOD.


The drivers seem stable but I had a big problem that finally made me make the duende. I do not know if it s the fact that I am connected directly to the FIREPOD but when mastering, I have big cracks.


I've had two weeks. The sound is really good especially trs pr compressor master. For the EQ I prfre lgrement SSL4000 series of waves in I found a warm but tt trs prcise of the same.
The report qualitprix is ​​excellent if you do not meet the problem of cracking. These are probably the best pluggins with those of DSUs.

altassel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende
I wanted something that works well and is going at least a little something
when modifying a parameter.
To mix of logic with Rosetta 800 NS10M and BM15.
on a mac G5 2.3 bipro.


So I must say this: Integration not toptoptop ...
I've had three days and it's not completely plug and play at first:
incompatible with Leopard I had to downgrade my system and then download the update
the duende and change the firmware.
pfff, once this is done, if you have not left connected to the famous firewire hard drive is gone ...


As it says in the ad: no latency and 32 plugs in reserve.
the sound is the total killings. monster bus compressor, eq and gate super great.
is a real added value!


Few days.
Its sounds, no doubt have the top and one realizes that
from the beginning!

not given but the rewards are worth the effort.

aladoun's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende
1 U Rack DSP platform for powerful workstations, offering audio dignified treatment of SSL consoles.
a single FireWire cable and is connected to the PC (Dell Bi Pro with 2 UAD cards already installed one)


Trouble free installation after first downloading the PC version of the driver on the SSL site.


Used with Cubase SX 3. Stable latency handled automatically
you can have up to 32 mono plug SSL


Used for several days.
The Son is there, it's pro. console bracket and SSL bus compressor on top!

and is the perfect complement to the Plugs and plug UAD1 native. My pc resources are freed for more VSTi
Quality / great price if you compare the prices of native plug-ins (waves, etc.)
It was mainly (EQ and Dynamics) to mix the pros!