Softube Console 1 Mk 2

Hardware controller incl. software

  • Mixing and mastering with analog workflow
  • Compatible with selected UAD plugins
  • High-quality controls and buttons
  • Can be integrated into all common DAW systems in AU, VST, VST3 and AAX formats
  • Ergonomic user interface for an intuitive workflow
  • Incl. license for Solid State Logic SL 4000 E model plugin
  • Parametric EQ, compressor, gate, transient shaper, high - and low-pass filter, analog modeled saturation
  • Individual adjustments can be implemented via optional plugins from Softube and UAD
  • Connection via a standard USB cable (included)

Specifications:

  • Supported formats: VST2 / VST3 / AU / AAXnative
  • System requirements: From Windows 7 (64 bit), Mac OSX 10.9, dual core CPU, 1 GB RAM, 1 GB HD, free USB 2.0 connection, internet connection, Gobbler account

Further information

Interface Type USB
Fader 0
Rotary Encoders 26
Audio I/O No
Transport Function No
Footswitch Connector No
Foot Controller Connection No
Bus-Powered Yes
Jog No
Joystick No
Additional Features Integrated Software

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Twice as much mixing control in half the time!

Plastic Fly, 17.04.2017
This is a sensational product. If you can't mix "in the box" with this then you're in the wrong game. This controller gives you precision control for mixing - packaged with the best SSL 4000 emulation I've heard. The sounds and processing all come from the computer through your DSP, but the Console 1 makes the sound crystal clear and warm and you can change the character completely by swapping out the software expander, EQ or compressor sections with other kit. I use Universal Audio plugins already and now Console 1 gives me immediate, real-time hands on control of all the faders and knobs for most of my UAD favourites.

Even if you don't have acces to UA stuff, Softube has a whole bunch of other software processors and other channel strips available. But, as packaged, this gives awesome control and makes huge difference to any mix. It's so quick to use. I loaded it onto a 31-track song (and I'm only using a Mac Mini) and the processors ran fine.

I always wondered about the Console 1 - what is it really for? But when the price came down for the launch of the Mk 2 I thought, what the heck. I've been running a home studio for a couple of decades and I used to work in a music store, here in Edinburgh and so I thought I knew all there was to mixing on proper analogue desks. But I am blown away by this controller. I can't bring myself to tell you how much I've spent on other kit recently which this controller just replaces the need for!

The "Pros" are that: it speeds up workflow immensely cos all the controls for all your tracks are right there - no more squinting at the screen and trying to move the G/E knob with a mouse; everything you're doing is shown on screen right in front of you - you can see the compression shape and EQ cuts happen; it can be used to control UA plug ins; the SSL mixer emulation it comes with is a brilliant emulation of probably the best desk ever built; it males good mixes easy to get to, store and copy. It's really well built but does not take up too much desk space.

The only "Con" I've heard is that some people would have preferred to have a couple of faders on there two - but I got used to the knob straight away (especially with the fine-adjust function) so I don't miss a fader.

All DAWs will come loaded with EQ and compression plug-ins and maybe even an expander/gate. Some DAWs even have really good presets for individual drums, instruments and mixes. But getting hands-on control of all these things across all my tracks and the busses and Mix tracks has just shortened the time it takes to record, mix and pre-master my stuff by half. Plus - the controller gives me unbelievable sound sculpting opportunities. None of my DAWs have put all this together like this - the Console 1 lay-out even makes me think about using "drive" and "character" and "sustain" controls on everything!

I guess it's just a lot of fun to use. I should probably get back to it.
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A Smart Tool For Mixing

lukeskyscraper, 10.02.2018
Console 1 really helps with the mixing process and it basically does it in two ways.
First, you stop moving the mouse while looking at eq curves and plugins' GUIs; it means that you can use your ears and your hands to make changes and suddenly you realise that you're focusing on the most important thing: the sound.

Second, having a Gate, an Eq and a Comp (with a final Saturation stage) at your fingertips for every track, gives you all the tools you need to sculpt your mix. You don't feel the need of stuffing your insert slots with a half dozen of plugins. Sometimes less is really better.

A small Con: every now and then the USB cable seems to loose its connection and I have to re-connect it, but it probably happens one time a week and it's a matter of seconds.
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