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Messe 2014: SSL Announces Trio Of New Duende Native Plug-Ins
Old 11th March 2014
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Software Messe 2014: SSL Announces Trio Of New Duende Native Plug-Ins



Solid State Logic is announcing three new Duende Native plug-ins at Prolight+Sound 2014 (hall 8, stand L80).

The three new plug-ins complement the existing range, with two of them (X-Saturator and X-ValveComp) designed to bring some analog saturation and distortion emulation to digital DAW and the third (X-Phase) delivering high-precision, frequency-specific phase correction.

X-Phase is an all-pass filter plug-in that offers manual control and benchmark audio quality. It enables the user to apply a phase shift (sometimes called a phase offset) at a specified frequency within a signal.

Unlike other filter types where the gain of selected frequencies is altered, with an all-pass filter, the gain remains unchanged throughout the signal. This is useful for fixing phase problems with microphones when recording (ex: overheads causing phase problems when mixed with close mics).

With X-Phase, the controls are simple: a frequency control selects the desired frequency where a phase offset needs to be applied, a Q control sets the slope of the curve of correction to be applied across the signal and a phase invert button enables the phase of the filter to be flipped 180 degrees.

A separate delay section is applied to the entire signal for broader time alignment. The delay controls consist of a delay control which can be set to display and adjust in seconds, milliseconds, samples, metres or feet and a set of buttons for fine tuning.

The overall plug-in can be used in mono or stereo modes. X-Phase can be automated via standard DAW Automation data and has A&B preset “slots” with an A/B switch for easy comparison of two different combinations of settings. There are Input and Output Meters with Input and output level controls. X-Phase Price: £199, €249 and $329 +tax

X-Saturator delivers a range of analog-style distortion effects. It is an emulation of an analogue circuit that introduces either 2nd order valve style or 3rd order transistor style distortion, or a blend of the two.

At low drive settings, the distortion is mild and can add gentle warming to help instruments sit nicely in a mix or to add a little extra edge to help instruments cut through a mix. As drive levels are increased, so too is the level of distortion, until high drive levels at which heavy distortion occurs.

The controls are simple, a Harmonics control selects 2nd or 3rd order distortion, or a blend of the two; a Drive control sets the drive level; a depth control adjusts the amplitude of the distortion and a shape control adjusts whether the distortion has smooth or hard edges.

A headroom button provides an additional 6dB of headroom for creating heavily boosted/distorted signals without digital clipping. A dedicated wet/dry mix control facilitates parallel processing. There are input and output meters and input and output level controls. X-Saturator can be automated via standard DAW Automation data and has A&B preset “slots” with an A/B switch for easy comparison of two different combinations of settings. X-Saturator Price: £69, €89 and $119 + tax. Note: Special introductory pricing of £49, €59 and $85 (+ tax) is available for the first 30 days only.

X-ValveComp is a full-featured mono or stereo channel compressor with a full set of classic channel compressor controls and an added “valve” emulation stage. The valve emulation stage sits after the compressor in the signal path and adds a variable degree of primarily 2nd order harmonic saturation and distortion that thickens and colours the sound.

The compressor can be switched between [eak or RMS modes and has a full set of standard controls including threshold, ratio, knee, attack, release and hold. There are input and outputmeters with separate kick down compression amount indication and input and output level controls. There’s also a gain make up control and switched auto gain make up mode.

A dedicated wet/dry mix control facilitates parallel compression. A side chain input high- and low-pass filters can be used to trigger compression. X-ValveComp can be automated via standard DAW Automation data and has A&B preset “slots” with an A/B switch for easy comparison of two different combinations of settings. X-ValveComp Price: £69, €89 and $119 + tax. Note: Special introductory pricing of £49, €59 and $85 (+ tax) for the first 30 days only.

The new plug-ins are due for public release by May 1, 2014. To coincide with the new plug-in release, SSL has announced migration of the entire Duende Native plug-in collection to the iLok copy protection system. SSL has also announced a summer release for AAX versions of the entire suite.

“We’re excited to bring these new tools to the Duende family. Like the others in the Duende range, the new plug-ins are a mix of easy-to-use sound sweeteners and technical problem-solvers,” says Jim Motely, head of business for Workstation Partner Products at SSL. “By responding to our customers’ requests to move to what many see as the industry-standard copy protection system, we hope to ensure that using Duende plug-ins is as simple an experience as possible.”


Link : Solid State Logic | Duende Native
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Last edited by Grahamdwc; 31st March 2014 at 01:40 PM..
Old 11th March 2014
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I believe that this delivers most everything that has been asked from the Duende plug-ins for quite a while now.

Andrew
Old 11th March 2014
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If they would only lower their prices on all plugins.
Old 11th March 2014
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"SSL has announced migration of the entire Duende Native plug-in collection to the iLok copy protection system"

About time. I might consider buying these again since they are moving away from Codemeter. I could never keep Codemeter and the Duende plugins running on my system.
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Damn.
Old 11th March 2014
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I love the Duende plugins but as a past user (hardware then native - all plugs except X-Verb) who basically had to sell my plugins due to a lack of codemeter functionality and general lack of support, I wouldn't consider buying these until they are ACTUALLY AAX (not just promised) also, while I don't think anyone is entitled to anything, and I'm not complaining about SSL's higher than typical prices, it would be nice if they would consider an AAX release "intro price" too when/if they finally get these plugins out as buying software that doesn't yet work on your system is crazy in a world where even the best devs with the best of intentions seem to consistently not be able to deliver aax when promised.
Old 12th March 2014
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Is it me or SSL (Duende) seems to be a little bit behind the Saturator/Disto Emu etc.. plugin game? I mean we're now in the Pre-Amp plugins like UAD 610 & others. I'm happy for Duende users, to follow ;-)
Old 12th March 2014
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Nice move on all regards. Better DRM, new plugs, nice prices and most of all a sign that they're commited to this thing. Wouldn't expect less from SSL.
Old 12th March 2014
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New SSL Duende plugins !!!

this what i just saw on FB



First news : ILOK 2

Second news : new plugins :

X Valve Comp
X Saturator
X Phase

Now i'm officially happy !!!!
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Is it me or SSL (Duende) seems to be a little bit behind the Saturator/Disto Emu etc.. plugin game? I mean we're now in the Pre-Amp plugins like UAD 610 & others. I'm happy for Duende users, to follow ;-)
It's you.

Kidding... though there is some nice saturation in the drumstrip, and the channel strip and bus comp are emulations of sorts (no one need argue the latter... I know and lived the history).

I think this great news all around, yet I do understand the sourness.

We have all the current plug-ins, multiple licenses for some, and date back to the hardware.

Anyway, I'm very optimistic now.

Thanks for listening, Jim and co.
Old 12th March 2014
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Great looking plug ins.. However I'm not a fan of ilok AT ALL. I own a few duende plugs, I wonder if I can still use them with the old copy protection system? Jim..?
Old 12th March 2014
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AAX an iLok finally!!! Also the new valvecomp looks great and it's cheap. Will be great if they also lower their normal plugins price.
Old 12th March 2014
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Smashing.

Great news about the iLok support too.

I hope our coupons can be used against these new plug-ins?

In any case, for us Codemeter users; this:

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Owners of Codemeter hardware dongles will be offered a 50% discount on iLok purchase from SSL’s online store and a free X-Saturator or X-ValveComp plug-in - See more at: SSL announce trio of new Duende Native plug-in developments | Solid State Logic
Old 12th March 2014
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Well it's about dam time!!! So glad I didn't get that dam sync lock thing they had.

Thanks,

Marc
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i wish it could be deposit on local computer also as an option ...but it's already a great and logical move !!
Old 12th March 2014
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Wait, May 1st? Really? Why the long wait? Guess better than nothing.
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Wait, May 1st? Really? Why the long wait? Guess better than nothing.
where did ya got this info ?
Old 12th March 2014
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Yay iLok 2 ! Congratulations ! I hope the new plugs dont cost a bomb.
Old 12th March 2014
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good move from them...interested to hear the new ones...
Old 12th March 2014
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wow £49 intro price + vat...didnt expect that...

hope they drop the other plugin prices also then they have a hit on their hands...wouldnt mind x comp and channel strip...
Old 12th March 2014
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where did ya got this info ?
SSL announce trio of new Duende Native plug-in developments | Solid State Logic

Ya know I got ya Jeezo...

Marc
Old 12th March 2014
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About iLok migration
To coincide with the release of the new plug-ins the entire Duende plug-in collection will be migrated away from SSL’s existing ‘Codemeter’ by WIBU Systems based copy protection system to the more widely used iLok system. The move is aimed to streamline the purchase process and improve overall user experience. Existing Duende Native and Legacy DSP hardware owners (who have not already cross-graded to Duende Native) will be offered a free cross grade to iLok. Owners of Codemeter hardware dongles will be offered a 50% discount on iLok purchase from SSL’s online store and a free X-Saturator or X-ValveComp plug-in. SSL’s Codemeter based online license centre will cease to function in January 2015 so all users are strongly encouraged to migrate to iLok by December 2014. SSL’s iLok support is scheduled to become live by 1st May 2014.

About SSL’s AAX development:
Release of versions of the entire Duende Native plug-in suite which are compatible with Avid AAX format and thus ProTools 11 are due for release in Q3 2014. The AAX versions will be free to all existing iLok based Duende Native plug-in owners.

- See more at: SSL announce trio of new Duende Native plug-in developments | Solid State Logic
Old 12th March 2014
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nice, this is a good move going to iLok. Codemeter is a nightmare. You follow the steps in activation and deactivation and it still acts up here and there.
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wow £49 intro price + vat...didnt expect that...

hope they drop the other plugin prices also then they have a hit on their hands...wouldnt mind x comp and channel strip...
+1
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wow £49 intro price + vat...didnt expect that...

hope they drop the other plugin prices also then they have a hit on their hands...wouldnt mind x comp and channel strip...
Yeah, I wonder why the X-Phase is so much more than the other two, and with no intro offer mentioned.
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i wish it could be deposit on local computer also as an option ...but it's already a great and logical move !!
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nice, this is a good move going to iLok. Codemeter is a nightmare. You follow the steps in activation and deactivation and it still acts up here and there.
I think the ilok2-only is the highest degree of protection.

Plus, they might have been extra-leery of computer licensing after codemeter's equivalent.
Old 12th March 2014
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Smashing.
...for us Codemeter users; this:
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Owners of Codemeter hardware dongles will be offered a 50% discount on iLok purchase from SSL’s online store and a free X-Saturator or X-ValveComp plug-in - See more at: SSL announce trio of new Duende Native plug-in developments | Solid State Logic
This is a very generous and happily accepted offer!
As someone who only last year got the CM stick to try and avoid OS upgrade issues, I was resigned to the fact that it would eventually be money lost.
Well played SSL!
It would have been so easy to justify charging iLok migration and AAX development costs.
Glad I stuck with Duende!

Respect.
Old 12th March 2014
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This is all great news!!
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thks Marc ...

anybody knows what's the procedure to migrate to ilok ?
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fantastic news, full marks to SSL for listening to customers and finding a solution to the codemeter/ilok and AAX issues in a way that takes care of existing customers. The new pricing structure seems VERY competitive too, I'd always seemed a bit inhibited by the cost of X-EQ / X-Verb but these new plugins are priced at a price thats hard to refuse....
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