British Class A

Channel emulation for Softube Console 1 with EQ, compressor, limiter, gate, high/low cut filters and input stage drive
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ADK-SOF-1514-00141
Softube
Mac & Win
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$225.00

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The Rolls-Royce of rock & roll mixing.

Channel emulation for Softube Console 1 with EQ, compressor, limiter, gate, high/low cut filters and input stage drive

Inspired by vintage British Class A hardware units

Perfectly compatible with Console 1

 

Add body and character to your tracks with a Console 1 strip inspired by classic British units from the '60s and early '70s — collecting the most coveted and distinctive sounding units of the pro audio world in a single channel.

 

Paired with the smooth workflow and hands-on control you'd expect of Console 1, British Class A gives you the perfect mix solution for the DAW-based studio.

Muscular and musical

Let your tracks soak in the fat transformer crunch of the input stage, get great tone with the honey-sweet equalizer, control dynamics with the beautifully musical compressor, smash them into oblivion with the limiter, and keep things tight and tidy with the smooth gate.

Drive away

Pushing the transformer-based circuits of these classic analog units too hard resulted in a warm and tasteful distortion character which dominated the personality of these desks. In the British Class A it's accessible with a single knob.

Equalizer

To ensure the model's accuracy, the British Class A Equalizer has been based on several different original vintage hardware pieces. While the sound is indistinguishable from the analog originals, the British Class A Equalizer offers even greater flexibility by incorporating dual mid bands instead of a single one. This lets you shape your sounds in creative ways that with the original hardware would have required two daisy-chained equalizers.

Compressor

The British Class A Compressor adds a full-bodied and syrupy tone to the sound source, in addition to its highly musical gain reduction. The model is based on the classic British diode bridge compressor/limiter, which first came out in 1968. But just as with the equalizer, we've added extra flexibility, incorporating a modification used by many top-level studios to improve control of attack times and additional release times.

Limiter

The original compressor unit incorporated both a compressor and a limiter. For maximum usability, we have modelled the two separately and installed them as two distinct plug-ins in British Class A. Use the British Class A Limiter for exceedingly subtle level control — or for beating your sounds into submission.

 

Gate

One of the lesser-known classic British units, the original gate shared the same form factor as the famous equalizer and compressor units modeled in British Class A. It was also a transformer based class A design and does a terrific job of keeping tracks tighter and cleaner. Using the sidechain input makes it very useful for ultra-musical keying purposes.

In short

 

Made for Console 1, Softube's mixing ecosystem. Learn more

Inspired by vintage British Class A hardware units

Channel emulation for Console 1 with EQ, compressor, limiter, gate, high/low cut filters and input stage drive

Doubled equalizer mid band

Additional compressor attack/release times, based on the most famous modification available

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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