SSL confirms Duende native plug-ins

X-Verb is just one of the plug-ins that's currently exclusive to Duende hardware owners.
X-Verb is just one of the plug-ins that's currently exclusive to Duende hardware owners.

Solid State Logic has admitted that it's working on Duende Native, a new platform that will apparently see its Duende powered plug-ins made available to anyone with a DAW capable of hosting them. The news had leaked, so the company decided to confirm it.

This is a significant move from SSL, which currently offers its Duende hardware in both Mini (an external FireWire box) and PCIe formats. So why has it decided to let customers have a software only option in the future?

Writing on the GearSlutz forum, an SSL representative says: "Computers are getting faster and faster. They're not going to stop getting faster either. Power is no longer a problem - even for those with three or four year old computers."

He later continues: "So looking forwards at this we at SSL decided that unless you are in an absolute mission-critical application a native system is more than adequate for the job of making music. Rather than develop a new hardware platform for Duende we came to the conclusion that most people just wanted native plug-ins."

This, of course, will be music to the ears of those who've always wanted genuine SSL plug-ins but haven't been prepared to buy (or able to afford) the Duende hardware. Whether the native processors will be exactly the same as the hardware-powered ones remains to be seen - beta testing is set to begin in 4-8 weeks, and SSL says it'll comment further then.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.