Tube-Tech Classic Channel
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The Classic Channel is not your everyday channel strip, with a surgical equalizer and fast bus compressor. The Classic Channel is a vintage style and warm sounding channel strip put together from the most famous and classic Tube-Tech gear: The "Pultec" equalizer PE 1C, the mid-range equalizer ME 1B and the tube driven opto compressor CL 1B.

With the two Pultec-style equalizers you can shape the sound of a track, a bus or a mix within seconds. The highs sound smooth and gentle, the mid-range airy and focused, and the lows full and fat, almost at any setting. Add the final touch with the CL 1B compressor, versatile but with a distinct personality. Forget about precise and minute tweaks with 0.1 dB read-outs. The Classic Channel is about the good sound, and the way to get there is easy. Just turn the knobs and you'll see.

Tube-Tech Classic Channel is in my opinion the very best plug-in emulation of a real hardware unit. It shines on lead vocals and acoustic guitars.

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

Combining the three units in a single plug-in makes adjustments easier, as you will often find that the compressor affects the equalizers and vice versa. By default, the sound passes the equalizers before the compressor, but you can easily put the compressor first with a single switch.

In Short

Two EQs and One Compressor. Easy user interface with four panels. Two equalizer units, one compressor and one bypass and routing panel.

PE 1C "Pultec" EQ for the High and Low Frequencies. Use the famous Tube-Tech PE 1C "Pultec" Equalizer to set the highest and lowest frequencies.

ME 1B Mid-Range EQ for Focus and Presence. The Tube-Tech ME 1B Mid-Range Equalizer is a godsend for getting a modern and focused vocal sound or that extra bite in the guitar track.

CL 1B Opto Compressor for that Extra Punch. The Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor is a true studio classic, used on everything from acoustic guitar and strings to rap vocals.

Bypass and Routing Panel. Bypass any unit to save CPU. Route the EQ before the compressor (the old school way) or the other way around (modern).

Developed together with Tube-Tech. As usual, we have had the help from the bright minds and sensitive ears of the Tube-Tech crew. The original Tube-Tech Classic Channel is more than $8000 worth of hardware! A great inspiration and superb build quality!

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Tube-Tech Classic Channel Sound Examples

Tube-Tech Classic Channel Sound Examples
Classic Channel Rack Extension demo video.
Gabriel Roth at Daptone shows how he uses the PE 1C.
Classic Channel - Features and Tutorial
Tube-Tech PE 1C Overview
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PAM Editor's Choice 2011 (Professional Audio Magazin)

PAM Editor's Choice 2011


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Tube-Tech Classic Channel is in my opinion the very best plug-in emulation of a real hardware unit. It shines on lead vocals and acoustic guitars.

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

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We are excited to experience the PE 1C in the digital domain and impressed once again by the skills of Softube.

John G. Petersen, Designer and president of Tube-Tech

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A truly faithful and very exact replica of the hardware CL 1B. Finally it's possible to experience natural musical compression in a plug-in.

John G. Petersen, Designer and president of Tube-Tech

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The CL 1B is a true compressor for all seasons. I found it perfect for any individual track from bass to vocals to drums because it is precisely adjustable and able operate perfectly for any kind of dynamic control from transparent and subtle to more typical compression chores with 2 to 6dB of peak compression and then all the way to major audio clamping with a striking, and colorful character. It's a big winner for me and is a major player in all my mixes from now on!

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

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Silky smooth tones. Easy to use. Works in many mix situations. A useful addition to your mixing toolbox.

Computer Music, Magazine

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There are barely words to describe what I think about the CL 1B plugin. The sonics are outstanding. The GUI is awesome. I thought it was just a picture until I started turning the knobs. I own hundreds and hundreds of plugins but... the CL1B plugin is the most accurate representation of a hardware that I have EVER seen.

Tony Shepperd, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Back Street Boys

The CL-1B is now my first choice software compressor. I absolutely love it on vocals. But it also adds that special Tube-Tech warmth to bass, synths and drum busses.

Søren Balsner, Carpark North

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It's just like the hardware. Really good. It sounds really smooth and musical.

Rob Chiarelli, Grammy awarded mix engineer: Madonna, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross.

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I like the Tube-Tech Classic Channel and the Summit Audio Grand Channel on bass, mandolin, and vocals to help warm or fatten them up. I switch between the two units, depending on the original signal or timbre of the instrument.

Bil VornDick, Marty Robbins, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent

It's a unique processor for bottom and top end treatments and its sound is so warm that sprinkling a little PE 1C onto vocal parts or using it more comprehensively on bottom-heavy content will allow you to produce results unattainable with regular EQs.

Resident Advisor, Magazine

The Tube Tech EQ is my go-to bass eq. Best thing ever on bass. Boost a little 60 and 1.5k and there ya go! Dialed!

John Kerns, FOH Engineer (Sum 41, No Doubt, etc.)

Nothing is as important for the mix as the mid-range.

Jesper Bo Nielsen, Tube-Tech

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Overall, the CL 1B really is a fantastic compressor plug-in that's capable of both subtle containment and excellent audible colour.

Computer Music, Magazine

One of the warmest, natural and most musical compressors I've ever heard. Buy it.

Jono Buchanan, Writer for Future Music

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I would love to congratulate Softube for making the Tube-Tech Classic Channel plug-in. I am in love with this channel strip.

Steve Pageot, Songwriter, producer, engineer—and flutist.

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