SSL Duende Mini
SSL Duende Mini

Duende Mini, DSP Board from SSL in the Duende series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 8 reviews )
 6 reviews75 %
 2 reviews25 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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lightha's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" no better or TC"

SSL Duende Mini

I wanted to test the plugs other than the channel strip or the compressor,

I use it with Nuendo Snow Leopard (Mac Pro Nehalem) + + uad 2 quad PowerCore 6000


2. USE

as of today everything is up to date mac osx!


not too many galleys for the install, however the manual was insufficient for the maj of firmaware I took 2.



I use it for 3 days and I am really disappointed with the plugins from the compressor channel strip and the other is of the stew.

for everything that I recommend is voice processing tony maserai waves or eddie kramer the last iZotope nectar excluding uad plugs of which are really good klita!

pfff Drumstrip the rotten tc electronic is much better with the plugs provided basic!
I have not tested the x-verb if anyone can touch me 2 words ...
Conclusion: I do not do it again this election, with all there on the market is better to look elsewhere if the grass is softer! FRO Qu'UAD

O.p's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" YES!"

SSL Duende Mini
SSL Duende


must optimize Logic (and other widgets turn spotlight) to adapt a version OS PPC (see SSL site)
L! installation and optimization of the DAW is painful but it's worth it ... Between the installation and mastering plug in strip must be quite a few hours. I use it mainly because the G4 supports bounce Maximum 8-track stereo. The upgrade
16 tracks is reserved for the G5 Intel.


No reverb and upgrade for G4 PPC


Compare to plug in is really a native différence.Mais must spend time as a real strip.

+ Sound

chougue2's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende Mini
I turn on imac 24 ". Intel dual core 2 2.4 Ghz ... in Software Logic Studio (Logic Pro 8, MLainstage, etc ...)
In sound card, a motu ultralite mk3, and pramps lamps.


It took me days the software version 3. The VERSION 3 Recource now uses the computer.
Reduces Latency is now almost 0, which n'tait not the case in the Previous versions.
The avantgae: use of SSL plug in REAL TIME!


Warning! when you put the firmware of the box day, be careful not connect the box on port Firmware duende and nothing more, the risk of ending up with an empty crab!


I tested the new version 3 of housing Duende Mini ...
Much better!

- Managing the effects in real time! we can now rgler effects (compressors, eq ...) and listen while recording! I'll try it ending for live config in Logic or Mainstage, imagine the sound ssl live! Genial! I have not any lag, so Grable ... For stability testing I have done for more than five hours without restarting Logic, trying a bunch of plug ... no problem!
- The reverb is simply sensational! never heard such a quality ...
- I even feel (a feeling that must be ...) that the plug (channel compressor and buses) are more effective than before, they sound better ... m'tonnerais but that did retouch the SSL algorithms ...

So I bought the verb x, x eq, the bus compressor and put the case for 128 days slots! The channel strip as original book ... It's more than enough ... Sr it is not given ... but worth it ... The comp x, drum and vocal strip strip I was not really convinced. We arrive I find a better rsultats with other plug sll ... Sound pro!

Compared UAD 2, I'd be curious to compare ... UAD simulates its own hardware but also the concurrency ... while duende uses the same algorithms as their tables numriques.

loupgarou2a's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende Mini
The possibility of having an SSL console on my Mac lower price, the DSP processor that relieves my computer.
I use it in my home studio "amliorquot;.
Imac 20 "2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo and 3 GB RAM OS Leopard
Mainly with Cubase 5, a MOTU 828 MkII, a MOTU 8 PRE, while a fleet of studio microphones, a TC Powercore
I took the 32-channel extension and Drumstrip


I had on my old Macbook G4 some installation problem, but I must say that I had SAV SSL softphone to really count, srieux and attentive and the problem I t has rgl in 3 days. On my iMac it was installed without any problem. The configuration is childish. The manual is simple and you can download on the site of SSL complmentaires other information.


The drivers are stable, I loaded the latest by buying it for more need to change a winning team.
I use it sometimes with DP 5, but with experience for over 10 years of work on Steinberg, I confess be more comfortable on Cubase5. Any fawn, either one or the other software I exprience proves they are worth all From the time we know to use it.
Latency (thanks to MOTU) is very reasonable.
Using drumstrip in STREO I still have 30 tracks available, as all know grate. Sometimes it is enough to make a sub-group and treat it for STREO SAVE tract.


I use it since October 2008, I have two remix albums with bluffing about the results.
Pros: ergonomics, quality of sound, simplicity of use, clear manuals
Cons: well it's virtual, no buttons under the fingers
The report price is most excellent quality, when I read some people complain about the price I want them to remember, like me, the era o only a few happy few could mix in a studio with a quip SSL or Neve. For under 1000 you can have a 32 channel SSL home.
I also read that some were disgruntled that did not sound like a real one, for working cost and compared with an SSL physical, I find your exact thundering. Everything becomes prcis, clear and mix are highlighted. In short, we get a truly professional quality of rsultat.
Exprience I would do with that choice, unless NEVE not also launching a competitive product ...

fabrice.fargues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende Mini
DSP firewire

I use it on my PowerMac 2 * 2GHz, with 8 gigabytes of RAM

Mac OS X 10.4.11, mainly on Cubase 4


No installation problem on mac at least, we follow the procedure btement, restart it by using security ....


No problem of stability for my part, but we must remember that I only use software purchased, put rgulirement days ....
One thing to know is that it is advisable to export in real time because, as I also use a TC PowerCore home is the most rapid export mix. ...
I do not use that mix, and when mastrisation ....


If c'tait again, I will choose the MODEL suprieur as 32 strips instead of 16 and above, the bus compressor, monster of efficiency that comes with, then that it comes complte version of course, but with a life of 10 am ... But the era, I had no budget ... Nanmoins, in terms of more in terms of quality brings to the mix is ​​noooorme!! Finally, a legalization fine, musical, warm ... I love the fact that the level of the GUI, there did not display the curve, turn buttons, holding the ear, without any priori, one rapprend sound .. . In short it's magic! I found myself remix of old projects, to learn the matriser bte and your exact is much better, mix, mastering and especially ... For small budget, go for the mini, you can always updater on the site SSL ... You should know that the Mini is a hardware point of view exactly the same as his great ERRF (4 DSP), but a restriction limiting the computer only 2 utiliss ... Malin ... APRS, only the box that changes .... and supply plug-ins, a plug over the large ... The plugs are not donns, but the SSL, and the price or they sell their consoles, after all, knowing that it is very affordable in a console C200 (SERIES numrique home SSL), you have exactly the same DSP, but the number of 16, I think, and that the algos are exactly the same treatment .... To consume without modration .....

poolos91's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

SSL Duende Mini
- What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Compatible for the future. (Unlike PCI, PCIe ... where to buy a machine)
Good value

- For what purpose?
Home studio during the mix. Not rec (protools latency)

- What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?
PC Pentium 4 / 2.4GHz / 2GB DDRAM
digi 002R (ATTENTION: buy a second firewire card for the purpose duende!)
TL Audio preamp
Mic Neumann Gefell M7 + CVM563
Neumann KM84
dynamic mics ... + + Keyboards Korg Kaoss PAD3 ...

- Which instruments or the systems do you use? ...


- The installation is done it without problems?

The installation is a HORROR! 3 days
Cause faulty firewire cable (thank you to verify SSL)

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
Buy a PCI firewire just for the Duende, as incompatible with the Digi002R.
We need the two machines are on a different firewire bus

- The general configuration is easy?
apparently yes

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
It does not help in case tt


- The drivers are stable?
we'll see

- Are they often updated?
I think

- What software do you use most often?
Protools, live on my macbook


- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes, but I think I will try to back this info is SSL

INSTALL very painful!

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

SSL Duende Mini
- What technical specifications motivated your choice?

DSP card showing the effects of consoles in SSL, SSL sound in a device that takes a minimum of space!

- For what purpose?

Boost my mixes on ableton or Logic

- What is your config (motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard ,...)?

Mac book with RME Fireface 800 linker on the wearing of duende!

Function also under:

Logic 7.2.3 + 08.01
Cubase 4.1 and Cubase SX3.1.1
Nuendo 3.2.1 + 4
Pro Tools HD, LE and M-Powered 7.4
Ableton Live! 6.0.10
Digital Performer 5

* Digidesign Pro Tools 7 Through the use of VST-RTAS wrapper.

- Which instruments do you use or the Systmes? ...

Other rack Ensoniq etc ...



- Installation is it without problem?

Yes no problem, be careful to do well the update firmware

- Have you experienced any incompatibility?

Not on my setup

- The configuration gnrale is easy?

handling is very easy AC plug and play!

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

Yes to the instalation, APRS appointment at the site of the manual ssl plugs in, but this has nothing nasty is ca compressors or eq so it will be for the pdf ECONOMY paper will suffice!

appointment here for info


- The drivers are stable?

Yes since the last version

- Are they often put day?

We'll see in time why they trust a SSL!

- What software do you use most often?
Ableton, Logic 8

- What you get lag?

Gr by the software with no worries off!

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultanment? ...

Basic 8-track stereo Stereo upgradable to 16 249 euros


- How long have you use it?

1 week

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?

The +:

The quality of I must say that the slap! for having the DSU for a while SSL is over. Please note this is not the emulation as the UAD DSP but true.

The simplicity of the plugs are easy to handle and adaptable to such processes odre EQ FILTER FILTER EQ or compressed etc. ....

The evolution of the beast upgrade to meet his big brother finally well jou SSL products not think much brid!

The plug-in in demo

The -:

The price of Plug ins:

Drumstrip Plug-in for Duende (299.00 EUR, excl. Local)
X-EQ Plug-in for Duende (449.00 EUR, excl. Local tax)
X-Comp Plug-in for Duende (349.00 EUR, excl. Local tax)
Duende Mini DSP Upgrade (249.00 EUR, excl. Local tax)
Mini Duende Stereo Bus Compressor Upgrade (249.00 EUR, excl. Local tax)

Hope he does the marketing incentives such as the UAD with discounts.

Total in the beast could cost 1925 euros but it is really worth seen how it sounds!

What makes the Difference a certain level are not the ides but the mix and let you plug SSL rules and you ca send it immediately clear sound slap prcis

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

A number yes especially direct competitors and the Powercore UAD, they are very good complement to grace their multi effects plug reverb chorus etc. but for the duende mix will become a classic.

- How do you report qualitprix?

Very good quality of product and scalable for 600 euros it was worth the price.

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

Biensure Yes!

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

SSL Duende Mini
32-channel SSL EQ DYN + + The famous master bus compressor used to the greatest hits of rock history!
Real tool for mixing.
Runs flawless on MacPro 2.66 Quad, 5 GB of Ram. Not only solicits the processor.
My SSL in my backpack!


Plug year PLAY! It works!


SSL is real! The only problem is with ProTools LE that does not automatically compensate for latency! What all the other soft for a long time. I open a plug 32 tracks per track, 32 plug! No worries about LOGIC PRO


Two weeks!
sound exactly faithful to the version of the analog channel
the visual
a special mention for the optional plugin drumstrip brings an incredible punch.
Of course I would do this choice why not switch to channel 64?
I tried UAD (GND complementary color and grain, but give less accurate and efficient DSP) and TC PowerCore (blah). This one is a real working tool worthy of SSL but accessible to small grants.
Still I had more than my money's worth.