Hardware/software mixing system based on the Solid State Logic SL 4000 E console
Softube Console 1 MK II is an integrated hardware/software centrepiece which works in tandem with your DAW. It takes the quick and intuitive workflow of a digital mixer and pairs that with the great sound of an analog Solid State Logic SL 4000 E mixer. On the hardware, you select the track you want to work with and then you adjust the equalizer, compressor, gate and saturation settings using physical knobs and buttons. So: Select a track, tweak the knobs. Select another track, tweak the knobs – that´s essentially how you use Console 1.
You can customize your Console 1 channels with over 60 world-class plug-ins from Softube and Universal Audio. They´re all pre-mapped and ready to go. You can mix and match as you like, so for example, you could add a Teletronix LA-2A limiter and a Trident A-Range equalizer to your SSL 4000 E channel. Save your favorite combinations as presets and call them up whenever you want to.
Summary of features
A unique centerpiece for any DAW based studio
Included model of Solid State Logic SL 4000 E console
Mk II version offers same quality at a more affordable price
The Console 1 hardware gives you hands-on control of EQ, compressor, gate, volume and pan on all your tracks. No MIDI mapping is needed – the hardware is tightly integrated with the Console 1 software, straight out of the box.
Pamper your tracks with the sound of the legendary Solid State Logic SL 4000 E console – probably the most used high end console in the history of music recording. Softube´s emulation was developed in close collaboration with SSL, and it´s included with the purchase of Console 1.
Expand Your Options
Customize your channels with any of the over 60 available Console 1 ready plug-ins from Softube and Universal Audio. Mix and match units from Chandler Limited, Fairchild, Teletronix, Tube-Tech, Abbey Road Studios and many others. Pre-mapped and ready to go.
A Lifetime of Mixing
Console 1 is a premium Swedish design, built to last for many years of mixing. Its steel chassis makes it solid as a rock, and the knobs and buttons have the responsiveness and feel you´d expect from a high end analog console.
Add More Consoles
In addition to single Console 1 ready plug-ins, there are entire Console 1 channel strips available, with EQ, compressor, gate and modeled saturation from the original analog hardware. Currently, the options are Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1, British Class A For Console 1 and Summit Audio Grand Channel for Console 1, with more to come.
Control Your DAW
Console 1 works with any major DAW on the market. But certain DAWs– currently Presonus Studio One and Cakewalk SONAR – feature additional integration, meaning you can use the Console 1 hardware to control vital DAW functions such as track selection, volume, send levels, pan and solo/mute. We aim to have this functionality added for all DAWs.
And the Winner Is ...
The first-generation Console 1 was an immediate success and did not only receive prestigious awards and praise from the pro audio press – but more importantly, the end users loved it. Even seasoned engineers such as Michael Brauer, Jason Goldstein, Dave Isaac and Gareth Jones took the system to their hearts.
Three years after the original Console 1 release, it is time to introduce the Mk II version. It has the same build quality as the original units, with some minor layout changes such as more visible LED markers. More importantly, efficient manufacturing processes have made the system much more affordable.
What UAD Powered Plug-Ins are Currently Supported?
These are the currently available UAD Powered Plug-Ins that are integrated with Console 1. More will be added in the future.
UAD API 550A
UAD API 560
UAD Chandler Limited Curve Bender
UAD Chandler Limited Zener Limiter
UAD Fairchild 660
UAD Fairchild 670
UAD Fairchild 670 Legacy
UAD Harrison 32C
UAD Harrison 32C SE
UAD Helios 69
UAD Precision Buss Compressor
UAD Precision Equalizer
UAD Precision Limiter
UAD Precision Maximizer
UAD Pultec-Pro Legacy
UAD Pultec EQP-1A
UAD Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
UAD Pultec HLF-3C
UAD Pultec MEQ-5
UAD SSL G Bus Compressor
UAD Summit Audio TLA-100A
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Gray
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Silver
UAD Tonelux Tilt
UAD Tonelux Tilt Live
UAD Trident A-Range
UAD Tube-Tech CL 1B
UAD Tube-Tech ME 1B
UAD Tube-Tech PE 1C
UAD UA 1176AE
UAD UA 1176LN Legacy
UAD UA 1176LN Rev E
UAD UA 1176 Rev A
UAD UA 1176SE Legacy
UAD UA 610-B
UAD Valley People Dyna-mite
What do I Need to use UAD Plug-Ins With Console 1?
Apart from the Console 1, you need a UAD Accellerator (Satellite or UAD-2 PCIe card) or an Apollo interface, and you need to own the Console 1 ready UAD plug-in you want to use. With that in place, it´s plug and play. The Console 1 system will automatically identify the Console 1 ready plug-ins (both UAD and Softube) that are installed on your system, and they will be pre-mapped for you. Just open them from within the Console 1 system and mix away.
What About Those Additional Console 1 Channel Strips?
There are currently three entire channel strips available for purchase: British Class A For Console 1, Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1 and Summit Audio Grand Channel for Console 1. These emulate entire hardware channels, including distortion characteristics from the original hardware. The individual sections can also be mixed and matched with Softube or Universal Audio plug-ins. More Console 1 channel strips are in the works.
Which DAWs Does Console 1 Work With?
Console 1 works in tandem with any DAW that can use VST, Audio Unit or AAX plug-ins. Mac and Windows, 32 and 64 bits. Different DAWs offer different levels of integration, please refer to the compatibility chart in the Additional Images section of this page.
"Softube´s Console 1 brings to your DAW not only the sound of a top-class mixer channel strip, but also its ergonomics. It has the potential to make more of a difference to your mixing process than you´d expect!" -read the full Sound on Sound review here
"Console 1 lets me have the hands-on feel of analog, without losing the flexibility of the digital world. It is the center piece of my hybrid mix room." - Michael Brauer
"It´s still an investment, but at this new price point - and still including a quality controller and excellent virtual console - Console 1 is now considerably more appealing, particularly for existing users of Softube and UAD plugins." - Future Music