American Class A

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American mixing console sound, for Console 1 or as a standalone plug-in​
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Dream big, sound bigger.

American mixing console sound, for Console 1 or as a standalone plug-in​

Characteristic stepped EQ with proportional Q values. Gives bold boosts and clean cuts​

Unique compressor design, which can operate in feedback or feed forward topologies​

Gut-busting drums. Crackling, searing, face-melting guitars. Meaty, punching bass. Rich, up-front vocals. Wide-open, airy, living electronics. If you will it, it is no dream with the American Class A.


Based on the greatest classics of American mixing console hardware, this channel strip is fast and easy to work with, and brings a truckload of character to the party. Both an expansion to Console 1 and a standalone plug-in, American Class A has it all.

Classic American Console Sound

All the quirks and unique features of the original hardware,

and all the amazing sound too.

Available as a Plug-In...

A fully-featured channel strip plug-in with cutting-edge visuals and intuitive layout.

...And in Console 1

American Class A can also be used in Console 1. Shape, EQ, Compressor, Drive and more, controllable from your hands-on mixer.


American Hero

The American gear on which this strip is based is perhaps best known for the way it brings out the power and energy of modern rock music; acts such as Radiohead, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam have used similar consoles.


With a shape section featuring gate and transient designing, a stellar four-band EQ with proportional Q and range control, a fascinating compressor design which can be switched between feedback and feed forward operations, and a warm, crunchy output drive section, no modern studio is complete until this sonic option is at hand.

Power and Precision

Drums leap out of the speakers, vocals grab you by the scruff of the neck, guitars spontaneously combust. But the American Class A is also capable of subtlety.


Using the range controls of the EQ to limit the gain boosting and cutting to a half or even a quarter of the starting values, it becomes a high-resolution mastering unit. And running a synth sound through these same hard-rocking controls can result in improved openness and vitality just as easily as increased grunt.

Great Sound, Great Looks, Great Experience

The sonics are not the only area in which the American Class A is world-class. The plug-in also provides state-of-the-art visual feedback, with a large display offering FFT readouts or a waveform view in which you can see the effect your settings are having on your signal in real time.

Console 1 Channel Strip Included

The plug-in also seamlessly integrates with Console 1 as a channel strip, so if you use Console 1 you'll get the added speed and benefit of hands-on analog workflow. Don’t spend another second longing after that ideal sound. Get the American Class A today. Dream big, sound bigger.


In short




Console 1 Ready: works as a native plug-in and as an expansion for Softube Console 1, our mixing ecosystem. Both versions of American Class A are included in one license. Learn more about Console 1

Amp Room Ready: American Class A can also be used in Amp Room, our pro audio guitar platform, as two separate modules – compressor and equalizer. The modules are included in Amp Room. Learn more about Amp Room

Classic American mixing console sound: all the quirks, features, and amazing sound of the original hardware

A real and complete workhorse replacement for stock DAW mixing tools

Characteristic stepped EQ with proportional Q values. Gives bold boosts and clean cuts

Unique compressor design, which can operate in feedback or feed forward topologies

Cutting-edge graphics and waveform visualisations offer all the information you need

Shape section has both gate and transient shaper, with all the same tasty analog sound of the strip’s circuitry

Crunchy drive from the output stage, with controllable character

Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but arenot tested).

Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10.

Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.

Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.

8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GBhard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, whilesample libraries may require additional disk space. Specific informationavailable on each instrument's page).

Softube account.

iLok account.

Internet access for downloading installer and managinglicenses.

iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLokdongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not arequirement).

In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 orhigher) compatible host application should work.



However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - andour own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins andinstruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live,Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not testedin the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the systemrequirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupportedsystems.


Please Note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, anda 64-bit OS is required. Therefore, for example, Pro Tools 10.x is no longersupported (contact support for latest 32-bit compatible instalers).


Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz, in both mono and stereo.


The most recent maintenance release of the DAW applicationis recommended.


AAX DSP is not in active development, but older productsstill support AAX DSP. 

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