Softube & Tube-Tech: making modern classics
We've been working closely with Tube-Tech since 2006 to bring you legendary blue gear in digital form.
Our partnership with Tube-Tech started with a train ride through snowy Denmark to visit John G. Petersen of Lydkraft. Danish for sound power, Lydkraft is the company behind iconic blue gear like the Tube-Tech CL 1B compressor.
According to Torsten Gatu, now VP of Product Management at Softube, expectations were high. Convincing John of the advantages of digital versus analog was a challenge. In the end, he put a great deal of trust into Torsten and Arvid Rosén (Softube VP of Research & Development), two young engineers asking all kinds of questions about the design of the CL 1B while frantically taking notes and trying to get to the bottom of the fixed/manual attack/release setting. “John was patient. I think his background as a schoolteacher really paid off there,” Torsten recalls.
The creation of the Softube CL 1B plug-in was followed by the PE 1C and ME 1B equalizers. It's estimated that this Tube-Tech range has been ported to more platforms than any other plug-in on the market, a feat accomplished through close collaboration with John. Our Tube-Tech plug-ins remain some of the most popular Softube products and our proudest achievements. “They also stay firmly placed on my vocal track at all times!” Torsten added.