New Gear Review: Three New SSL Duende Native Plug-Ins

SSL-New-Duende-Native-Plug-ins520X-Phase, X-Saturator and X-ValveComp
bring the total number of Solid State Logic Duende Native plug-ins to 10.

X-Phase ($329) is an all-pass filter and time alignment tool for manually aligning time and phase differences between microphones that are recording the same source on multiple tracks. I’ve been using it to correct the slight phase shift between drum tom-tom tracks and also for dialing in “phasey sounding” stereo keyboard recordings.

X-Saturator ($119) allows you to add your own mix of 2nd and/or 3rd harmonic distortion to recorded audio to add analog character. There is a Drive control for setting the amount and the Depth and Shape controls sculpt the added harmonics.

X-ValveComp ($119) uses tube compressor emulation for adding harmonics/vibe and also switches between Peak and RMS modes. I like the Auto Make-Up gain, parallel compression mode and its full compliment of adjustable compression controls. The on-screen transfer function curve follows your settings and offers quick visual feedback of its operation.

Lastly, all Duende Native plug-ins will be ported to 64-bit by September 2014. Look for AAX-64, VST and AU versions soon.

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.