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Softube - Empirical Labs Trak Pak (Console 1 Exclusive)

Pulling no punchiness for Console 1.

  • The punchiest strip in the Console 1 ecosystem
  • Created in partnership with the one-and-only Dave Derr and Empirical Labs​
  • The closest thing yet to an Empirical Labs console
  • Featuring Lil FrEQ’s EQ/de-ess and Mike-E's comp/sat on the Console 1 sections

Ever wonder how an Empirical Labs console would sound? Trak Pak has your answer and it’s an emphatic, hell yeah. Introducing the Empirical Labs Trak Pak channel strip expansion for Console 1. In partnership with Dave Derr, the mastermind behind ELI, we expertly modeled two killer hardware units: the intensely punchy Lil FrEQ de-esser/analog equalizer and the hairy, fat-sounding Mike-E saturator/compressor. Turns out, these two get along like gangbusters.

Combined and configured for mixing, this pairing stuffs obscene amounts of power, punch, character, and analog warmth into a single channel strip. With the highly valued Console 1 workflow and bone-deep ELI sound, Trak Pak is unique for Console 1 and unlike anything on the pro audio market today. Drop exceptional analog sound and the perfect amount of vintage mojo onto your ecosystem with the Empirical Labs Trak Pak.

Designed by Experts, Built on Legacy

Softube has a long history of modeling professional gear. After nearly two decades working in collaboration with premium pro audio brands like Tube-Tech, Solid State Logic, Chandler Limited®, Weiss Engineering, and Trident, we have a solid track record recreating indisputable classics in software form that sound precisely like their hardware counterparts.

Empirical Labs Trak Pak for Console 1 is built on this legacy, and we took the same meticulous approach we always do – everything needs to be exact, with skillful recording, precise testing, and fine-tuning to sound exactly like the hardware that inspired it or even better. Nothing less.

Coming Out Shining: the ELI sound

Masterfully recreated in cooperation with Dave Derr and Empirical Labs, Trak Pak is a channel strip unlike any other in our catalog. It combines the signature ELI sound with the myriad workflow benefits that Console 1 is known and loved for. It's the nearest thing to an ELI console going.

Between the Eyes: Mike-E's compression and distortion

The Mike-E compressor is that flawless blend of compression and distortion that modern production tracks demand. To make it more versatile, we split its functions into two Console 1 sections: Compressor and Drive. Compressor handles the pure compression side of things while Drive administers the gritty and warm distortion that Mike-E is famous for.

Smashing Punches: Lil FrEQ's EQ, filters and De-ess section

The four-band parametric EQ, with the LF and HF sporting the now-classic fixed-frequency shelving filters. Added non-stepped high- and low-cut. The De-esser/HF Limiter in the Shape Section, making for some truly original sounds when combined with Mike-E's impressive Compressor and Drive sections. The heart and soul of Lil FrEQ have been transplanted into Trak Pak. And it's giving us life.

Temple of ELI

Based on components from the precisely-modeled Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ and Mike-E units, Trak Pak is our punchiest-ever channel strip for Console 1. Configured for mixing pros and optimized for the Console 1 workflow, Trak Pak features Lil FrEQ's High-Pass filter and a newly designed Low-Pass filter in the Input Section, Lil FrEQ's De-esser/HF Limiter in the Shape Section, and Lil FrEQ's parametric EQ and High/Low Shelving in the Equalizer Section.

Mike-E makes his mark in the Compressor Section. Trak Pak's Compression Section is the compression section from Mike-E's CompSat, which is based on the famous Distressor. Coming straight from the "sat" in Mike-E’s CompSat, Trak Pak's Drive Section offers full-on, retro-flavored distortion. If you've ever been curious about how a Mike-E/Lil-FrEQ supergroup would sound, check out Trak Pak.

Superknown

Raised by a family of engineers, Dave Derr has gone from a chance encounter at Radio Shack to having his gear used in every major studio and on thousands of records. A rocker in his own right, his name is now synonymous with analog warmth, but he's not resting on his laurels.

On the contrary. The humble genius behind Empirical Labs continues thinking and tinkering and incrementally improving on the already amazing array of products he’s gifted the music industry. Products like Fatso, DerrEsser, and Distressor. It's that work ethic and empirical spirit that has made ELI so well-regarded in the pro audio sphere. Its products are real-world tested and built to get the better of obsolescence.

Softube couldn’t be prouder to be part of the Dave Derr and Empirical Labs legacy with our authentic emulations of their modern analog classics: Mike-E, Lil FrEQ, Trak Pak, and the Empirical Labs Complete Collection.

In short

  • Made for Console 1, our mixing ecosystem
  • Based on components from the precisely-modeled Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ and Mike-E units
  • Optimized for the Console 1 workflow
  • Sound and performance equivalent to the hardware counterparts
  • The celebrated Empirical Labs sound
  • ELI available for the first time as a channel strip
  • Created in collaboration with the authority, Dave Derr of Empirical Labs

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System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.13 or newer (older OS versions will not work)
  • Windows 10 64-bit (older Windows versions may work but are not tested)
  • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending
  • 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. Specific information available on each instrument’s page).
  • 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)
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

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:Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required.

Note: 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 formats.

The most recent maintenance release of your DAW application is recommended. AAX DSP is not currently in active development. TDM/VENUE are no longer supported (old downloads are available on the (Legacy Installers page)

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