- Clean, smooth, natural EQ
- Extended gate and compressor features
- VHD model added
Console 1 exclusive / Channel Strip
Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series
If you're looking to complement the legendary rock 'n' roll sound of the SSL 4000 E included with Console 1, then check out the super clean sound of the equally revered XL 9000 K.
Developed in close collaboration with SSL engineers, the unconstrained depth and sonic possibilites makes it an indispensible tool for R&B, Hip Hop and Electronica producers, as well as for audiophile Jazz and Classical recordings.
"It feels good, it's easy to use and it sounds good. That's all I care about."7 Grammy Awards, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay
When the first 9000 series console was released in the mid-1990s, it represented a breakthrough in analog circuitry design. The sound path is entirely capacitor-free, in order to keep a perfect signal integrity and low distortion.
Extreme bandwidth, minimal phase shift and super low distortion make this console perfect for getting the most out of your mixes in terms of width, depth, and all-around hugeness.
To bring creative use of drive and saturation back onto the menu, we modeled SSL's Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) and included it as part of this desk. Tube-ish, transistor-ish, or anything in between.
The 9000 is the ultimate hifi console, being almost perfectly clean. But having the option of using distortion creatively is still a benefit. So we added a model of Solid State Logic's Variable Harmonic Drive (VHD) circuit, which is part of the Duality series consoles and Alpha channel preamps.
The Drive knob on Console 1 determines the amount of distortion, and the Character knob moves the added distortion from 2nd order (more tube-like) to 3rd order (more transistor-like), or any in-between blend – just like on its analog counterpart.
Expanded gate & compressor options
The compressor can be switched between Peak and RMS modes, which gives a wide range of options.
Furthermore, the Shape section of the XL 9000 K for Console 1 features a fully controllable gate unit, where the Punch and Sustain knobs control Range and Hold levels. This makes it more individually controllable compared to the SL 4000 E model, where a fast workflow was prioritized.
The XL 9000 K was the last and most developed version of the 9000 series, released in 2002. It is this version that forms the backbone of Peter Gabriel's RealWorld Studios, Wyclef Jean and Jerry Wonda's Platinum Sound, while Michael Brauer uses a slightly older 9000 J in his room in Electric Lady Studios.
All Softube products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).
Versions from 2.5.38 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:
All native versions
- Mac OS X 10.13 up to 12
- Windows 10 and 11 64-bit
- Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / Full Apple silicon support (M1 or higher)
- Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
- Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
- 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)
- Softube account
- iLok account
- Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
- iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)
In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 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, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper, and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in 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.
Note: We have checked the basic functionality of our plug-ins, and Softube Central, under Apple Rosetta 2.
With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST format. 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 your DAW application is recommended. AAX DSP is not currently in active development. TDM/VENUE is no longer supported (old downloads are available on the Legacy Installers page).
Find the Softube installer you need both Softube Central and individual plug-ins.
AAX DSP version
- For AAX DSP you need to meet the above requirements for the Native versions. You also need to have an Avid HDX processing card. For plug-ins available for AAX DSP, see Which Softube plug-ins support AAX DSP?