Console 1 Fader

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A 10-fader approach to Console 1, our hybrid hardware/software mixing ecosystem
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CONSOLE 1 FADER

Time to mix a masterpiece.

A 10-fader approach to Console 1, our hybrid hardware/software mixing ecosystem

Take fast and intuitive control of volume, saturation, filtering, and more​

'Layer Mode' allows you to organise and affect your mix in powerful new ways​

Building on the success of Softube Console 1 was never going to be easy. But like you, we believe in ambitious dreams. To further improve the epic workflow advantages Console 1 brings, we had to ask, “where can we go next?” The answer was clear, and the result is here.

 

Improving feel and workflow, and making the best of hardware and software available in one place, Softube Console 1 Fader allows you to raise the sound quality bar to new heights. Mixing a masterpiece isn’t easy, but with Console 1 Fader there’s no limit to what you can do. Now’s the time.

Premium feel and feedback

Ten touch-sensitive 100 mm Alps motorized faders give premium professional feel and feedback, while the weighty powder-coated steel chassis means durability and substance in a sleek Scandinavian design.

 

Analog sound

Fader includes two console emulations (Tube and Discrete). Way more than a simple controller, Fader enriches the sound of your tracks in the same ways as a true analog console.

 

New levels of control

Riding faders is muscle memory for many mix engineers. For those of us who play the desk like an instrument, Console 1 Fader gives quick and intuitive control over volume, saturation, filtering, and much more.

 

A Modern Mixing System

The Console 1 mixing ecosystem is so much more than a simple DAW/plug-in controller. It’s an efficient, elegant, and amazing-sounding modern mixing solution, combining hardware and software to give you the best of both worlds: the versatility, affordability, and usability of in-the-box mixing, alongside the workflow, feel, and focus dedicated hardware can bring.

 

Console 1 Fader can be used alone, or in combination with the original Console 1 channel strip controller for a tight ‘complete desk’ experience. You can even use multiple Console 1 Fader units to build the ideal workflow for your specific studio.

Many ways to mix a masterpiece

There are many ways to mix a masterpiece, but riding faders is a matter of muscle memory for a lot of us. And for good reason – reaching out and grabbing five or ten different sounds or groups at once, and quickly adjusting, listening, adjusting, listening, balancing… it’s a full-body discipline, and software alone can’t come close.

 

Tapping into the same purpose-designed software environment as the original Console 1 channel strip controller, Fader brings new levels of control over the wider world of your mix. You can ride up to ten channels at once, working volume, high-and-low-cut filter values, drive and drive character (modeled desk saturation), and more. Then page up for ten more channels. And ten more, until you have easy access to your whole mix, even when tracks number into the hundreds.

Expandable with world-class sounds

Because all the audio signal processing happens in our award-winning component-modeled software, you can switch out the 'circuitry' of your console instantaneously for a different desk sound across your whole project, or even channel by channel.

 

In addition to the two analog console sounds Fader ships with, you can purchase any of our Console 1 channel strips and use those classic desk sounds with Fader.

Fader modes

Fader allows you to quickly and intuitively control track volume, drive level, drive character, input gain, low cut, high cut, and up to three send levels, all from the same high quality motorized faders.

Transport controls

The three assignable buttons work by default as basic transport controls for the major DAWs, but each can be assigned to a keycommand of your choice (e.g. CTRL+Z), for whatever use you can imagine.

Encoder

Mounted on a high-grade all-metal potentiometer, Console 1 Fader's single encoder offers control of pan per track, but also unlocks a powerful stereo spatialization tool, to widen or consolidate your individual tracks, situating each sound perfectly in your mix.

Layer mode

With our innovative new ‘Layer Mode’ you can create layers of tracks, putting many levels of mixing at your fingertips. Low cut all your guitars at once, or saturate your groups early on for a top-down effect in seconds.

In short

A 10-fader approach to Console 1, our hybrid hardware/software mixing ecosystem

High quality hardware, designed and built for both feel and function

Take fast and intuitive control of volume, saturation, filtering, and more

Two awesome-sounding component-modeled console emulations included

Expand your sonic options with Console 1 expansion channel strips (sold separately)

'Layer Mode' allows you to organise and affect your mix in powerful new ways

Spatializer tool offers fast per-channel control of stereo width

Works with all major DAWs straight out of the box – no MIDI-mapping required

Use alone, or in combination with the original Console 1 channel strip controller

System Requirements for Console 1 Fader

Console 1 Fader is available for both Windows and Mac OS X:

  • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended.
  • 1 powered USB 2.0 compatible port.
  • Softube account.
  • iLok account.
  • Internet access for downloading software and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work

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

Please Note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required. Therefore, for example, Pro Tools 10.x is no longer supported (contact support for latest 32-bit compatible installers).

Mac OS X specific

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested).
     

Windows specific

  • 64-bit Windows 7 or newer.
  • Intel Core Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended
  • 1 powered USB 2.0 compatible port
  • Softube account
  • iLok account
  • Internet access for downloading software and managing licenses
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement


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

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

Please note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required. Therefore, for example, Pro Tools 10.x is no longer supported (contact support for latest 32-bit compatible installers).

Specific requirements for macOS:

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested)

Specific requirements for Windows:

  • 64-bit Windows 7 or newer
  • Intel Core Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer
     


How does Console 1 and Console 1 Fader integrate with my DAW? 

While Console 1 and Console 1 Fader works in tandem with any DAW that can use VST, Audio Unit or AAX plug-ins (Mac and Windows, 64-bit), different DAWs offer different levels of integration.

 

 Ableton Live 10.1.9


VST3
Cubase 9.5.10 or higher


VST3
Reaper 5.50 or higher


VST3
Cakewalk by BandLab/Sonar (latest version)


VST3
Studio One 3.3 or higher


VST3
Ableton Live 8.4.1 or higher


AU
Digital Performer (latest version)


AU
Logic Pro 10.2 or higher


AU
Nuendo 6.5 or higher


VST3
Pro Tools 11.2.1 or higher


AAX
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*AU only. Requires that all track names begin with a " # ". Note the blank space.

 

These DAWs support synchronized track selection, control of DAW volume and pan, control of DAW solo and mute, control of DAW send levels, automatic transfer of track name, and automatic transfer of track number:

  • Ableton Live 10.1.9 (VST3)
  • Cubase 9.5.10 or higher (VST3)
  • Cockos Reaper 5.50 or higher (VST3)
  • Sonar (VST3)
  • Studio One 3.3 or higher (VST3)

These DAWs support automatic transfer of track name and track number:

  • Ableton Live 8.4.1 or higher (Mac/ AU format only. Requires that all track names begin with a " #". Please note the blank space)
  • Digital Performer (Mac/AU format only)
  • Logic Pro 10.2 or higher (AU)
  • Nuendo 6.5 or higher (VST3)

These DAWs support automatic transfer of the DAW's track name:

  • Pro Tools 11.2.1 or higher (AAX)


Deeper integration between Console 1/Console 1 Fader and all major DAW:s is definitely something we would like to see. This is something that we must work on together with the different DAW vendors though.


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