Console 1
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Console 1, the next generation mixer, is a unique centerpiece for the DAW based studio. The hardware lets you quickly switch between your tracks and control gate, EQ, compressor and more. The Console 1 software gives you the sound of a classic Solid State Logic console.

The award-winning Console 1 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 lets me have the hands-on feel of analog, without losing the flexibility of the digital world. It is the center piece of my hybrid mix room.

Michael Brauer, Seven Grammy awards, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay

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.

I'm using Console 1 on pretty much everything I do, and it suits my workflow very well.

Pete Townshend, Rock legend with The Who and as solo artist.

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.

The whole system working together is a winner ... Console 1 is a brilliant godsend!

Barry Rudolph, Contributing editor for MIX Magazine and 'New Toys' columnist for L.A.'s Music Connection Magazine.

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.

The Console 1 from Softube has become an indispensable part of the set up at Kore Studios. The intuitive layout of the hardware and great sound of the plug-ins make it an obvious first choice for mixing. I was amazed how quick the learning curve was. At last a control surface where I actually feel in control!

George Apsion, Owner, Kore Studios, London

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.

I think finally console emulations are worth the time and trouble to use ... what Console 1 adds is a workflow and sound quality that very closely resembles mixing on a traditional console.

Alan Branch, Jeff Beck, U2, Nine Inch Nails

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.

Console 1 is an elegant solution to a problem I didn't fully realize I had until I started using it. Mixing should be about listening, not mouse clicks and waveforms, and Console 1 brings listening front and center to the mix process. I am looking forward to watching this platform expand.

Geoff Sanoff, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Brightman, Green Day, Television and Michael Stipe.

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.

Still got questions? Please see Console 1: Questions and Answers

In Short

  • New and improved approach to DAW mixing
  • Quick and intuitive workflow, analog sound
  • Tightly integrated hardware/software system
  • Solid State Logic SL 4000 E model included
  • Use with any major DAW on Mac or Windows
  • Unlimited track count
  • Parametric equalizer, compressor, gate, transient shaper, high/low cut filters and harmonics/distortion
  • Customize the channel by adding any Softube equalizer or dynamics plug-in

Want to know more? Check out Console 1: Questions and Answers.

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MIPA 2014 Award (Musikmesse International Press Award)

MIPA 2014 Award
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TEC Award nominee (TEC Awards)

TEC Award nominee
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Resolution Awards 2015 winner (Resolution Awards 2015 winner)

Resolution Awards 2015 winner
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Professional Audio Editors Choice 2014 (Professional Audio Editors Choice 2014)

Professional Audio Editors Choice 2014
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2014 Most Innovative Products (Pro Audio Review and Mix Online)

2014 Most Innovative Products
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Gear of the Year nominee 2014 (Gear of the Year nominee 2014)

Gear of the Year nominee 2014
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SOS Award nominee 2015
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Audio News Room Award (Audio News Room Award)

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Prosound Network Best of Show NAMM 2014 (Prosound Network)

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Quotes

Click to show Michael Brauer

Console 1 lets me have the hands-on feel of analog, without losing the flexibility of the digital world. It is the center piece of my hybrid mix room.

Michael Brauer, Seven Grammy awards, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay

Click to show Pete Townshend (photo by Ross Belot)

I'm using Console 1 on pretty much everything I do, and it suits my workflow very well.

Pete Townshend, Rock legend with The Who and as solo artist.

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The whole system working together is a winner ... Console 1 is a brilliant godsend!

Barry Rudolph, Contributing editor for MIX Magazine and 'New Toys' columnist for L.A.'s Music Connection Magazine.

Click to show Kore Studios logotype

The Console 1 from Softube has become an indispensable part of the set up at Kore Studios. The intuitive layout of the hardware and great sound of the plug-ins make it an obvious first choice for mixing. I was amazed how quick the learning curve was. At last a control surface where I actually feel in control!

George Apsion, Owner, Kore Studios, London

Click to show Alan Branch

I think finally console emulations are worth the time and trouble to use ... what Console 1 adds is a workflow and sound quality that very closely resembles mixing on a traditional console.

Alan Branch, Jeff Beck, U2, Nine Inch Nails

Click to show Geoff Sanoff

Console 1 is an elegant solution to a problem I didn't fully realize I had until I started using it. Mixing should be about listening, not mouse clicks and waveforms, and Console 1 brings listening front and center to the mix process. I am looking forward to watching this platform expand.

Geoff Sanoff, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Brightman, Green Day, Television and Michael Stipe.

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Very easy to use, sounds excellent, perfect correspondence between hardware and software.

Sam Inglis, Features Editor, Sound On Sound magazine.

Click to show Jason Goldstein

When Console 1 came it was just like ... that's what everyone's been looking for!

Jason Goldstein, Grammy awarded mix engineer for Beyoncé, Jay-Z and The Roots.

Click to show Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses

I love Console 1. Why does it sound so good? It sounds so different to other plugs—like im on an actual SSL. It's bad ass.

Bill Reynolds, Bass player for folk rockers Band Of Horses as well as producer of other artists in the same vein of music

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Softube's Console 1 provides me with analog flagship console sonics, workflow and ergonomics (including traditional dynamics and EQ insert points) in the digital age without having to leave the sweet spot of the mix.

Koen Heldens, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, Timbaland

Console 1 is fresh thinking at its best. Softube has created a fast workflow that leaves mouse mixing and crudely mapped plug-in controllers in the dust. By means of a tight hardware/software integration, Console 1 offers the best way of working your mix that we've seen to date.

Studio, Magazine (Sweden)

Click to show Russ Hughes

Console 1 is not a control surface; it's the closest thing to having an analogue mixer, without all the downsides. I didn't understand the Console 1 before, but now I do and I love it.

Russ Hughes, Mix engineer