Plug-in specialist Softube’s new Console 1 Mk II — an upgraded version of the original hardware/software mixing system – is now available from authorised dealers worldwide.
The new console offers support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio and represents what the company believes is a ‘substantial’ price drop compared to the MkI model.
Originally released in 2014, Softube Console 1 offers ‘the best of the digital and analogue worlds’ in a compact system, and includes emulation of a Solid State Logic SL 4000 E console.
The new software, also available to owners of the first-generation console, makes it possible to use Console 1 with selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio. There are over 60 plug-ins that can be used from within the system, including those based on units from Chandler Limited, Fairchild, Teletronix, Tube-Tech, Abbey Road Studios, and more. The plug-ins are pre-mapped and easily selectable from the Console 1 software, so no MIDI mapping is necessary.
Secondly, the new Console 1 represents an MSRP drop from $849 to $499. Softube says the hardware has the same build quality as the original units, with some minor layout changes such as more visible LED markers.
These changes come in addition to the recently released software update, which added DAW control functions for PreSonus Studio One and Cakewalk SONAR.
Oscar Öberg, president of Softube, remarked: “The concept of Console 1 has been extremely popular, and we haven’t been able to keep up with the demand. I’m excited that we finally are able to manufacture larger quantities of a Console 1 that’s not only better but also a lot more affordable.”
The new Console 1 Mk II units, and the software update with the UAD Powered Plug-ins compatibility, will be available in Spring 2017. Upon release, existing Console 1 owners can download the updated software from www.softube.com and start using it with their Console 1-ready DAWs or plug-ins.