Softubes ecosystem is very popular among mixing engineers. The famous Console 1 that was released back in 2014 will get a nice addition by the name of Console 1 Fader.
Softube tries to create the perfect mix between hardware and software for mixing engineers. Softubes hardware works complementary with its software to improve your workflow. We’ve gotten used to working ‘in-the-box’ in recent years, using all kinds of plugins to substitute hardware, but working with a mouse and keyboard might not always be the best option.
If you’re spending a lot of time mixing music, hardware can provide a substantial improvement for your experience working with plugins in your DAW. It’s essential when mixing music to make the right decisions and by improving your workflow you can make even better decisions, thereby improving your mixes!
Check out our video below about the new Console 1 Fader that Brent made for Inside Audio together with Todd from Softube at AES New York!
Current Console 1
The current Console 1 is a channel-strip controller that allows you to control effects for an individual channel like EQ, compression, reverb and a lot more. You can control the entire channel-strip using your hardware, which allows you to focus less on your screen and more on your ears!
To control the level of each channel and its corresponding functions like solo, mute, bypass and others, Softube introduced the Console 1 Fader.
Old-school mixing emulations
Not only can you easily control components, there’s also a lot going on when it comes to processing audio. For example, the well-known SSL 4000 mixing desks are very popular thanks to the unique character of its DSP’s. Much like your microphone has emulations, Softube has mixing desk emulations that can reproduce the sound of various popular mixing desks.
This allows you to get that warm analogue sound from mixing desks from your Console 1!
Below extra explanation from Softube
"Because all the audio signal processing happens in our award-winning component-modeled software, you can switch out the 'circuitry' of your console instantaneously for a different desk sound across your whole project, or even channel by channel.
In addition to the two analog console sounds Fader ships with, you can purchase any of our Console 1 channel strips and use those classic desk sounds with Fader."
Softube has no complicated interfaces and menus but a simple one button one function approach, much like the Arturia 8Pre audio interface. You get more buttons, but this does allow you to operate the device much faster.
You get 10 motorized faders with the Console 1 Fader and these faders are completely adjustable to your liking. The Console 1 Fader connects via a USB-A port.
The faders are touch-sensitive. This means that when you press a fader lightly, you’ll see the channel light up in the software, so you'll immediately know which channel you are operating. Were this not to be included you might find yourself losing track of what channels you’re working on, which would hinder your efforts instead of making it easier.
Unlike the Console 1, the Fader 1 has RGB-leds built-in. Each color serves a different purpose, which is a further improvement upon your workflow.
Switching between the volume, drive and character modes will change your faders to different faders with different functions. Character and drive are great functions to use to give your mix more character.
The assignable controls on the Fader 1, which you can see in the picture below, are assignable to a function. By default they serve a scroll function to navigate your mix or to pause.
The input gain, low-cut and high-cut are controllable via faders, who in turn control the EQ settings or turn the input gain up or down.
In combination with the Console 1
The Console 1 and Console 1 Fader work independently, however, they work even better for your workflow when used in combination.
The Fader 1 is well made, has a metal chassis and is fairly heavy. The great thing about the Console 1 Fader is that it’s actually fairly easy to take with you. When it comes to design its fairly similar to the Console 1.
The Console 1 Fader hasn't cut corners when it comes to design!
For which DAW?
The Console 1 Fader doesn’t control your DAW, the Softube plugins do. You have a plugin that you put on each channel on your DAW. It’s a good idea to save this as a template so you don’t have to redo it every time.
Integration with Logic and Pro Tools is a bit lacking and it doesn’t allow you to control the volume since these applications don’t provide the ability to do so.
It serves as more than just controlling some faders and automation in your DAW. You’ll be in the Softube ecosystem which provides you that warm analogue sound. Besides this there are a lot of extra functions that improve your mixes and, most importantly, improve your workflow.
Are you mixing audio on a weekly basis? Then we recommend the Softube system. It allows you to create your own workflow for optimal performance and better results. Besides this it’s also very affordable. All of this makes it a very good product for its price. If you need more than 10 faders, you can use multiple Console 1 Faders.
The advantage in comparison with other fader banks is the drive and character functions, which gives you that warm analogue sound.
A must have for producers that use an ‘in-the-box’ setup for mixing and want a more professional workflow!
‘Focus on your ears and Fader 1 instead of your software for the optimal mix’