New Gear Review: Solid State Logic Duende AAX Native 64

SSL Duende Native_AAX Native 64SSL has ported all their Duende Native plug-ins in full 64-bit AAX for Pro Tools 11 DAWs. This makes SSL’s Duende Native plug-ins compatible with any 32-bit or 64-bit VST, AU, RTAS and AAX DAW host.

The Duende Native range has grown to the current portfolio of 10 different processing tools. My favorites are: the EQ & Dynamics Channel with the signature tone of a SSL 9K and later SSL console channel strips and also the Stereo Bus Compressor—the classic SSL stereo master bus compressor.

For very specialized processing chores my “go-to” plugs are the Drumstrip and Vocalstrip and for very precise surgical carving, I like the X-EQ and X-Comp plug-ins. X-Verb is an solid reverb and X-Valvecomp and X-Saturator are ‘analog sounding coloring crayons’ you can used to fill out the sound of your digital mixes. Lastly, X-Phase uses a frequency-specific phase control toolkit to correct quirky phase/polarity issues that crop up in modern music productions.

The new versions are available to download from the SSL web site and are free to all existing owners at

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.