Softube Console 1 Fader Is A Sleek 10-Touch Sensitive Motorized Fader Mixer

With AES 2019 just round the corner, it's great to see Softube expanding its popular hardware and software based Console 1 mixing system with a motorized-fader version, aptly named Console 1 Fader.

Linköping, Sweden, October 15, 2019:​ Building on the success of Console 1 was never going to be easy. But we believe in ambitious dreams. To further improve the epic workflow advantages Console 1 brings, we had to ask, “where can we go next?” The answer was clear, and the result is here: Console 1 Fader.

The Console 1 mixing ecosystem is so much more than a simple DAW/plug-in controller. It’s an efficient, elegant, and amazing-sounding modern mixing solution, combining hardware and software to give users the best of both worlds: the versatility, affordability, and usability of in-the-box mixing, alongside the workflow, feel, and focus dedicated hardware can bring​.

There are many ways to mix a masterpiece, but riding faders
is a matter of muscle memory for a lot of us. And for good reason – reaching out and grabbing five or ten different sounds or groups at once, and quickly adjusting, listening, adjusting, listening, balancing... it’s a full-body discipline, and software alone can’t come close.

Ten touch-sensitive 100 mm Alps motorized faders give premium professional feel and feedback, while the weighty powder-coated steel chassis means durability and substance in a sleek Scandinavian design.

Fader includes two software-based component-modeled analog console emulations, Tube and Discrete. Way more than a clinical digital tool, Fader enriches sounds in the same ways as a true analog console, from filtering to saturation.

Tapping into the same purpose-designed software environment as the original Console 1 channel strip controller, Fader brings new levels of control over the wider world of mixing. Ride up to ten channels at once, working volume, high-and-low-cut filter values, drive and drive character (modeled desk saturation), and more. Then page up for ten more channels. And ten more, giving easy access to the whole mix, even when tracks number into the hundreds.

The single knob on Console 1 Fader offers control of pan per track, but also unlocks a powerful stereo spatialization tool, to widen or consolidate individual tracks, situating each sound perfectly in the mix.

Better still, with our innovative new Layer Mode the user can create layers of tracks, putting many levels of mixing at their fingertips. Fader can easily low cut all the guitars at once, or saturate groups early on for a top-down effect in seconds.

Console 1 Fader can be used alone, or in combination with the original Console 1 channel strip controller for a tight ‘complete desk’ experience. Multiple Fader units can even be used together to build the ideal workflow for a specific studio.

Improving feel and workflow, and making the best of hardware and software available in one place, Fader allows users to raise the sound quality bar to new heights. Mixing a masterpiece isn’t easy, but with Console 1 Fader it’s a new kind of joy.

Main Features

  • A ten-fader approach to Console 1, our hybrid hardware/software mixing ecosystem

  • High quality hardware, designed and built for both feel and function

  • Take fast and intuitive control of volume, saturation, filtering, and more

  • Two awesome-sounding component-modeled console emulations included

  • Expand your sonic options with Console 1 expansion channel strips (sold separately)

  • Layer Mode allows you to organise and affect your mix in powerful new ways

  • Spatializer tool offers fast per-channel control of stereo width

  • Works with all major DAWs straight out of the box – no MIDI-mapping required

  • Use alone, or in combination with the original Console 1 channel strip controller 

Launch: October 15, 2019

Price: ​$599

Web: https://www.softube.com/#/

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Discussion

Tim S
Nice idea! Could really benefit from scribble strips I think though...

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