Softube Console 1 MkII : The award-winning Console 1 MkII takes the quick and
intuitive workflow of a digital mixer and pairs that with the great
sound of a classic analog mixer. This is why we call it "the next
generation mixer"?it offers a new and much improved approach to mixing
in the computer.
Console 1 is not a DAW controller, or even a plug-in controller. It's
a separate hardware/software mixer that works in tandem with your DAW.
The workflow :
Use one of the track selector buttons on the hardware to select the
track you want to work on. Then use the physical knobs and buttons to
adjust the included gate, EQ, compressor, high/low cut filters,
transient shaper and emulated analog console distortion. Select a track,
tweak the knobs. Select another track, tweak the knobs?that is
essentially the workflow of Console 1.
Each parameter has a corresponding knob or button on the hardware.
The track count is unlimited, parameter changes can be automated and all
your settings are saved with the DAW project for total recall.
The sound :
Included in the Console 1 package is Softube's model of Solid State
Logic SL 4000 E?one of the most classic and widely used analog consoles
in the world. Softube's model has been scrutinized by Solid State
Logic's own experts, who have officially endorsed it. The channel strip
includes the coveted black knob E 242 equalizer, the classic channel
compressor, the musical expander/gate and the sweet high and low cut
filters from the SL 4000 E channel.
We have also included a model of the harmonics, distortion and
non-linearities obtained from overdriving the SL 4000 E console, so you
can drive it hard for that slighly gritty and coherent sound that the SL
4000 E is famous for. Adding to that is Softube's own Transient Shaper,
which is not a part of the SL 4000 E console or any other analog unit
for that matter.
Further sonic options :
To expand the available sound palette, the Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1 can be purchased separately, and more emulations of coveted analog
consoles are in the works. These channels can be used to replace the SL
4000 E on all or just a few tracks, and you can even mix and match
individual sections according to your own preferences?for example using
the XL 9000 K gate as a part of the SL 4000 E channel.
Furthermore, each channel can be customized by adding other Softube
plug-ins (also purchased separately). So if you for example prefer our Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor to the inlcuded SSL SL 4000 E compressor on a specific track, simply
switch compressors and start working with the CL 1B as a part of Console
1 instead. The same applies to the gate and EQ sections.
The visuals :
The On-Screen Display?Console 1's mixer window?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 DAW connection :
When you first install Console 1 on your computer, a plug-in aptly named
Console 1 appears in your DAW's plug-in folder. When this is inserted
on a track, buss or aux channel, the sound is routed to the Console 1
mixer and back. So the DAW and Console 1 are separate systems, but
they're connected by the Console 1 plug-in. In order to get control of
your entire mix, we recommend that the Console 1 plug-in is inserted on
all tracks, buses and aux channels of the DAW project.
The extras :
Apart from basic features such as Solo, Mute and Phase Invert, the
system offers several additional functions to make your mix work easier,
all controlled from the Console 1 hardware. This includes 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. You can save and
call up presets for the entire channel strip or the separate channel
sections. The On-Screen Display is toggled on and off with a dedicated
button on the hardware.
The History function is simply an undo feature that allows you to go
back in time and undo all parameter adjustments you have performed. Very
few DAWs offer an undo functioin for plug-in settings, but you get that
with Console 1.
In Short :
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