Hey audio friends! One of the coolest new pieces of gear announced at winter NAMM 2017 (IMO) is the Softube Console 1 MkII! This thing has me really excited and I’ll tell you why. Console 1 lets you quickly switch between your tracks and control EQ, compressor, gate and more. Not only does it still allow you to mix with the sound of the included Solid State Logic 4000 E but now it includes over 60 Console 1 ready plug-ins available from Softube and Universal Audio! Super cool! I’m really buzzing over this and can’t wait to get my hands on one. Some other features it includes are as follows:
Timeless Sound – 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.
Upgraded Hardware – 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.
As soon as I pick up one of these I’ll shoot a video review of the unit at work in Pro Tools and Studio One. Until then, check out the video trailer and keep making awesome music! Cheers.