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Softube Console 1 Hardware Controller and Plug-in Software

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Product Description

Softube Console 1 is the next generation audio mixer. Used together with any major DAW, Console 1 will not only give you the analog sound that Softube's plug-ins are world famous for, but also the analog workflow of using physical knobs and buttons when you mix. Console 1 is all about great sound and intuitive, hands-on control.

Softube Console 1 Digital Mixer Features

  • Next generation mixer
  • Tightly integrated hardware/software system
  • World class analog channel modeling
  • Hands-on control and intuitive workflow
  • Use with any major DAW
  • Parametric equalizer, compressor, gate, transient shaper, high/low cut filters and analog console distortion
  • Customize the channel by adding any Softube equalizer or dynamics plug-in.
The workflow
Inserting the Console 1 plug-in on any or all mixer channels of your DAW routs the sound from the DAW into the Console 1 mixer. Press a track selector button on the Console 1 hardware, and start tweaking the knobs. That's it! The full-featured channel strip is at your disposal and each function has a corresponding knob or button on the hardware. Very few functions are accessed through menus.

The visuals
The on-screen display gives you perfect and detailed visual feedback of the selected channel's settings. At the bottom of the window, the meter bridge displays the levels of the currently selected channel bank (unlimited number of banks, each holds 20 channels). But you also get plenty of visual feedback from the hardware. LED rings show the knobs' positions, and meters display input and output levels, as well as gate and compressor gain reduction. So for an even more analog mix experience, just turn off the on-screen display and use your ears! You won't get lost.

The sound
The Softube plug-ins are all world class quality, and the Console 1 software is no exception. Included in the purchase is UK 4k, a new model by Softube of an analog console. UK 4k perfectly mimics the sound of a well-known British large format console, used on countless records from its introduction in the late 1970's and onwards. There will be more channel strips for Console 1 in the future.

The channel strip does not only include the world famous four-band equalizer and compressor from the modeled console, but there's also the Drive section which models analog console saturation. And then there's Dynamic Shape, a unique processor that combines expander/gate and transient shaper functions. Each channel also have high/low pass filters and phase reversal. Plus Solo, Mute, Pan and Volume.

The extras
An added bonus is that each channel can be separately customized by adding in any Softube equalizer or compressor. So if you have, say, the Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor and prefer it to the UK 4k compressor for a certain track, just exchange it.

The hardware offers some useful extra functions, such as the ability of grouping any or all channels to tweak the settings simultaneously across the group, and changing the order of the effect sections. You can copy settings from one channel strip to the other, or just the sections you want to. You can also use parallel compression and and route an external sidechain signal into the gate or compressor. The on-screen display is toggled on and off with a dedicated button on the hardware.

The History function is simply an undo feature. To our knowledge, no DAW offers undo for plug-in settings, but you get that with Console 1.

With the purchase, the Console 1 software comes loaded with UK 4k for Console 1, a brand new Softube model of a mixer channel from a classic large-frame British console from the late 1970's. The mixer channel encompasses an equalizer, a compressor, a gate, a transient shaper and Drive—a model of the saturation you get from running the signal through the analog circuits, with adjustable intensity and character.

Product Specifications
Softube Console 1 Digital Mixer Specifications

    MacOS only at the time of launch, Windows support coming.
    Console is 17 x 7.5 x 2 inches
    Every plug-in parameter is directly controllable from the hardware
    Seamless integration with any DAW that supports AAX, VST, or AU plug-in formats
    Allows you to insert other Softube plug-ins for sonic variety
    Every plug-in parameter is directly controllable from the hardward
    Rugged, compact controller connects and draws power via USB
    loaded with UK 4k for Console 1
System Requirements:
Version 2.0 of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements.

All native versions
  • Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8, with the latest updates.  
  • Intel Core Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer
  • Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
  • Any VST, VST3, AU, RTAS (Pro Tools 9) or AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7, 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application
  • iLok USB key and the latest iLok License Manager (download them from www.ilok.com)
  • Broadband internet access for downloading installer and register licenses
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All Softube plug-ins support both 32- and 64-bit hosts and operating systems. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Please, make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer, but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com.

AAX DSP version
  • For AAX DSP you need to meet the reguirements for the Native version. You also need to have an Avid HDX processing card. For plug-ins available for AAX DSP, see Which Softube plug-ins support AAX DSP?
  • Different plug-ins will have a different load on your HDX card, please see the AAX DSP Supported Instances per DSP card for more information
TDM version
  • Please see the Legacy Installers page for available plug-ins
  • For requirements and TDM CPU consumption please see the Softube Plug-ins Manua
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