Often the best route to a stellar mix in the box is to have a straightforward, consistent, and effective approach across many or all of your channels. Using channelstrip plug-ins can emulate the analog console workflow in a pleasing and time-saving way, but does it sound as good as ‘the real thing’? Well put it this way: a little character can go a long way.
Comprised of three separate units, the passive tube-driven PE 1C and ME 1B ‘Pultec’-style equalizers and the world-famous CL 1B optical compressor, the Tube-Tech classic channel is not a typical strip. It tastefully warms and saturates any sound source with its tube-stages, and gently levels them with its slow, smooth compression.
The Mk II version benefits from all the sonic improvements to its component parts – a complete ground-up remodel of the CL 1B, and an update to the EQs using our very latest signal processing technology – as well as having stunning new high-resolution graphics and additional features.
Mid/side processing opens this unit up for the first time to serious applications of stereo-image management – compress and EQ your kick and snare differently from your overheads, for example, for a wider, or more compact drum mix. Or in mastering, gently balance the vocal against the rest of the track by low-cutting the detector circuit of the ‘mid’ portion of the signal and homing in on exactly what you need.
With the equalizers you can shape the sound of a track, a bus or a whole mix within seconds. The highs sound smooth and gentle, the mid-range airy and focused, and the lows full and fat, almost at any setting.
Forget about precise and minute tweaks with 0.1 dB read-outs. The Classic Channel is simply about getting the best sound possible, and the way to get there is easy. Turn the knobs, and you'll see.
The Tube-Tech Mk II Complete Collection includes the Classic Channel Mk II, the individual Mk II plug-ins (the combined Tube-Tech Mk II equalizer and the CL 1B Mk II compressor), and all the original legacy plug-ins (Classic Channel, PE 1C and ME 1B equalizers, and the CL 1B compressor).
Improved sound, with a total remodel of the CL 1B, along with an update to the EQs using our latest signal processing technology.
New features – mid/side processing, and in the CL 1B, side-chain low-cut filters and parallel blend.
Spectacular new high-resolution graphics.
Still the same epic audio processors they always were.
A ‘Pultec’-style low and high end equalizer.
Mid-range equalizer with the same passive, tube-driven design.
The CL 1B optical compressor - a modern classic in a plethora of genres.
Legacy plug-ins included.
System Requirements Versions from 2.0 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:
All native versions
Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10
Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer
Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
1 GB RAM or more, and at least 6 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space)
Any VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7, 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application
Please Note: Pro Tools 10 is not officially qualified by Avid higher than OS X 10.8
Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses
iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement)
All Softube plug-ins support both 32- and 64-bit hosts, although a 64-bit OS is required. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.