Softube Console 1 is the next generation audio mixer. Used together with any major DAW, Console 1 will not only give you the analog sound that Softube's plug-ins are world famous for, but also the analog workflow of using physical knobs and buttons when you mix. Console 1 is all about great sound and intuitive, hands-on control.
Unique, and yet so familiar. Console 1 is a new and much improved approach to computer based mixing. Here's a brief overview—for details, see Console 1: Questions and Answers.
Inserting the Console 1 plug-in on any or all mixer channels of your DAW routs the sound from the DAW into the Console 1 mixer. Press a track selector button on the Console 1 hardware, and start tweaking the knobs. That's it! The full-featured channel strip is at your disposal and each function has a corresponding knob or button on the hardware. Very few functions are accessed through menus.
The on-screen display 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.
The Softube plug-ins are all world class quality, and the Console 1 software is no exception. Included in the purchase is UK 4k, a new model by Softube of an analog console. UK 4k perfectly mimics the sound of a well-known British large format console, used on countless records from its introduction in the late 1970's and onwards. There will be more channel strips for Console 1 in the future.
The channel strip does not only include the world famous four-band equalizer and compressor from the modeled console, but there's also the Drive section which models analog console saturation. And then there's Dynamic Shape, a unique processor that combines expander/gate and transient shaper functions. Each channel also have high/low pass filters and phase reversal. Plus Solo, Mute, Pan and Volume.
An added bonus is that each channel can be separately customized by adding in any Softube equalizer or compressor. So if you have, say, the Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor and prefer it to the UK 4k compressor for a certain track, just exchange it.
The hardware offers some useful extra functions, such as 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. The on-screen display is toggled on and off with a dedicated button on the hardware.
The History function is simply an undo feature. To our knowledge, no DAW offers undo for plug-in settings, but you get that with Console 1.
- Next generation mixer
- Tightly integrated hardware/software system
- World class analog channel modeling
- Hands-on control and intuitive workflow
- Use with any major DAW
- Parametric equalizer, compressor, gate, transient shaper, high/low cut filters and analog console distortion
- Customize the channel by adding any Softube equalizer or dynamics plug-in.
Want to know more? Check out Console 1: Questions and Answers.