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 solidstatelogic.com/duende

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. barryrudolph.com