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American Class A For Console 1

Dream Big, Sound Bigger

Gut-busting drums. Crackling, searing, face-melting guitars. Meaty, punching bass. Rich, up-front vocals. Wide-open, airy, living electronics. If you will it, it is no dream with the American Class A.

Based on the greatest classics of American mixing console hardware, this channel strip is fast and easy to work with, and brings a truckload of character to the party.

With a shape section featuring gate and transient designing, a stellar four-band EQ with proportional Q and range control, a fascinating compressor design which can be switched between feedback and feed forward operations, and a warm, crunchy output drive section, no modern studio is complete until this sonic option is at hand.

Along with the British Class A, the Summit Audio Grand Channel, and our two SSL models (4000 E and 9000 K), the American Class A gives Console 1 users versatility and workflow like they’ve never known before. But get this: it’s also available as a standalone plug-in! The one license is good for mouse mavericks and Console 1 cool kids alike.

The American gear on which this strip is based is perhaps best known for the way it brings out the power and energy of modern rock music; acts such as Radiohead, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam have used similar consoles.

Drums leap out of the speakers, vocals grab you by the scruff of the neck, guitars spontaneously combust. But the American Class A is also capable of subtlety.

Using the range controls of the EQ to limit the gain boosting and cutting to a half or even a quarter of the starting values, it becomes a high-resolution mastering unit. And running a synth sound through these same hard-rocking controls can result in improved openness and vitality just as easily as increased grunt.

Don’t spend another second longing after that ideal sound. Get the American Class A today. Dream big, sound bigger.

In Short

  • American mixing console sound, for Console 1 or as a standalone plug-in
  • One license for both the Console 1 version and the native plug-in
  • Characteristic stepped EQ with proportional Q values. Gives bold boosts and clean cuts
  • Unique compressor design, which can operate in feedback or feed forward topologies
  • Cutting-edge graphics and waveform visualisations offer all the information you need
  • Shape section has both gate and transient shaper, with all the same tasty analog sound of the strip’s circuitry
  • Crunchy drive from the output stage, with controllable character
  • A real and complete workhorse replacement for stock DAW mixing tools

American Class A Sound Examples

An assortment of sounds made with American Class A

American Class A Sound ExamplesAn assortment of sounds made with American Class A
American Class A demonstration video
American Class A introduction video
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