Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack

Equalizer / Console 1 Ready

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A secret weapon from the 60s

Meticulously modeled by Softube, the RS127 RackRS127 Box, and RS135 deliver the sweetest treble equalization imaginable – the sound of real passive analog circuitry in all its glory.

With the Brilliance Pack, today's DAW-based mix engineers can add all the air and sparkle they want, without the slightest trace of harshness – just like the world's top engineers at Abbey Road Studios, London, have done on their recordings from the 1960s onwards.

The greatest studio in history?

Name one recording studio. For many, the first thought would be 'Abbey Road'. Some of the biggest, best, most innovative music ever was made there, using handcrafted tools like the Brilliance Pack.

Sweet, but never harsh

The high-quality analog components in these hand-made presence boxes, meticulously modeled in our plug-ins, mean sweet, smooth presence boosting with no harsh or brittle overtones.

Add air and silk in seconds

Designed for a specific purpose, these machines know what they do, and do it well. Dominated by one big knob each, the Brilliance Pack units improve your sound in seconds with luscious air and silky-smooth presence.

"Beautiful sounding EQs! I can get all of the sweetness without the harshness. With these EQs I can have my cake and eat it too!"

Tony Maserati
Legendary Mixer for Jay-Z, Beyoncé, James Brown, Jennifer Lopez, etc.

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Abbey Road's secret weapon

The originals were exclusively built in-house by the Abbey Road engineers in the 60s, and quickly became a secret weapon at the studios; excellent for guitars, vocals, and drums, especially snare and kick drum direct to tape. They brightened up the feed to echo chambers, and even found their way into the cutting rooms.

Until now, they've never been available outside of Abbey Road. Faithfully modeling the three pieces, component by component, we're proud to be in partnership with the studio where they were in constant operation during the heyday of the Beatles, and beyond.

When Abbey Road sent us the hardware for modeling, a note arrived with them, pointing out a cigarette burn on one of the units inflicted by the one and only Ringo Starr. What more need we say?


What's included?

RS127 Rack

The grey RS127 Rack is the original Abbey Road Studios treble equalizer. It offers a boost or cut of up to 10 dB at 2.1, 3.5, or 10 kHz (or kilocycles per second as they used to be known). Indispensible for balancing cymbals, or bringing aggression to a lead guitar, especially heading into the beefy glue of tape.


RS127 Box

When more units were needed in the studio, the portable green RS127 Box was built. The same circuit was used as in the original RS127, but with the addition of an audio transformer. The engineers quickly discovered that the transformer dramatically altered the sound character and the operating frequencies of the RS127. The frequencies got shifted a bit higher, which of course also holds true for the plug-in model.


RS135

Lastly, the RS135 was created to fill in the frequency gap that the RS127 units left out. It's fixed at 8 kHz, offers boost only and is just as sweet and silky as its siblings. Its broad curve is super-musical, and placed just right for adding air and shine to vocals, drums, or percussion, without overaccentuating edgy fundamentals. You can even use it to subtly lift a master; to go from great to magnificent.

Console 1 Ready

These plug-ins can be used within Console 1, our mixing ecosystem. Click to learn more.

Reviews

 

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"There will be times when that flavour is exactly what you need to lift your mix out of the ordinary."

Sound On Sound
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"These plug-ins sound great on everything, and you can use two of them in series if you want to address more than one frequency. The Brilliance Pack plug-ins are great for vocals, electric guitar tracks and stereo programs or stems."

Mix Magazine
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"Wonderful 'air' enhancement. Glorious on vocals."

MusicRadar
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In short

 

  • Three passive treble equalizers, modeled from Abbey Road Studios' originals
  • Adds sweet treble and presence without harshness
  • The original grey RS127, the green RS127 with added transformer, and the 8 kHz only RS135
  • Excellent for boosting presence in guitars
  • Adds classy air frequencies to any vocal
  • Brings drums to life, especially before tape or other compression/saturation
  • Can even be used on a master bus to gently add a musical sparkle
  • Console 1 ready – these plug-ins can be used in our Console 1 mixing ecosystem
  • Product features

    RS127 Rack:

    • Boost or cut by up to 10 dB (in 2 dB increments)
    • 2.1 kHz, 3.5 kHz, or 10 kHz

     

    RS127 Box:

    • Additional transformer
    • Boost or cut by up to 10 dB (in 2 dB increments)
    • 2.1 kHz, 3.5 kHz, or 10 kHz

     

    RS135:

    • Boost only, up to 10 dB (in 2 dB increments)
    • Fixed filter point at 8 kHz
  • System requirements

    • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not 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 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space. Specific information available on each instrument's page).
    • Softube account.
    • iLok account.
    • Internet access for downloading installer 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 instalers).

    Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

    The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

    AAX DSP is not in active development, but older products still support AAX DSP. For legacy TDM/VENUE, please see the Legacy Installers page.

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Abbey Road Studios Brilliance Pack

Equalizer / Console 1 Ready