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CONSOLE 1 FADER

Time to mix a masterpiece.

  • A 10-fader approach to Console 1, our hybrid hardware/software mixing ecosystem
  • Take fast and intuitive control of volume, saturation, filtering, and more​
  • 'Layer Mode' allows you to organise and affect your mix in powerful new ways​

 

Hardware / Ecosystem

Console 1 Fader

 

Building on the success of Softube Console 1 was never going to be easy. But like you, 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.

Improving feel and workflow, and making the best of hardware and software available in one place, Softube Console 1 Fader allows you to raise the sound quality bar to new heights. Mixing a masterpiece isn’t easy, but with Console 1 Fader there’s no limit to what you can do. Now’s the time.

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"Console 1 Fader has been a long time coming, but it reflects the careful thought and attention to detail that is Softube’s trademark. A very well thought-out companion to the original Console 1, it’s much more than just a fader controller."

Sam Inglis
Features Editor, Sound On Sound magazine

Premium feel and feedback

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.

 

Analog sound

Fader includes two console emulations (Tube and Discrete). Way more than a simple controller, Fader enriches the sound of your tracks in the same ways as a true analog console.

 

New levels of control

Riding faders is muscle memory for many mix engineers. For those of us who play the desk like an instrument, Console 1 Fader gives quick and intuitive control over volume, saturation, filtering, and much more.

 

A Modern Mixing System

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 you 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.

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

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BOOK A LIVE DEMO

Interested in getting started with the Console 1 system? Have a few questions before you make the investment? Book a one-on-one video consultation with a member of our product demonstration team today. Learn more

 

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Many ways to mix a masterpiece

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.

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 your mix. You can 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, until you have easy access to your whole mix, even when tracks number into the hundreds.

Expandable with world-class sounds

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.

DAW compatibility with Console 1

Click and learn how Console 1 can inspire your production and performance in your favourite DAW.

Reviews

 

 
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"Just as Console 1 makes it possible to get close to a finished-sounding mix using only EQ and compression, so too does Console 1 Fader allow you to achieve a surprising amount with only volume, Low Cut, Drive and Character, without invoking conventional EQ at all."

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Selected features

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Fader modes
Fader allows you to quickly and intuitively control track volume, drive level, drive character, input gain, low cut, high cut, and up to three send levels, all from the same high quality motorized faders.


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Transport controls
The three assignable buttons work by default as basic transport controls for the major DAWs, but each can be assigned to a keycommand of your choice (e.g. CTRL+Z), for whatever use you can imagine.


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Encoder
Mounted on a high-grade all-metal potentiometer, Console 1 Fader's single encoder offers control of pan per track, but also unlocks a powerful stereo spatialization tool, to widen or consolidate your individual tracks, situating each sound perfectly in your mix.


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Layer mode
With our innovative new ‘Layer Mode’ you can create layers of tracks, putting many levels of mixing at your fingertips. Low cut all your guitars at once, or saturate your groups early on for a top-down effect in seconds.

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In short

  • A 10-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

 

Find a Retailer

Our hardware is available through our worldwide network of officially registered retailers. Visit one of our online retail partners, including Sweetwater and Thomann, or use the map below to find your best option locally:

 

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  • Product features

     

    Dimensions (approx.) 43 cm x 4 cm x 19 cm (WxHxD)
    Weight (approx.) 2,2 kg / 3 kg (with packaging)
    Faders 10 Alps 100 mm high quality motorized faders with touch
    Power Powered by 8V DC. 3A. PSU included. 100-240V 0.75A
    Computer connection USB 2 Type-B
    Chassis Powder coated steel
    Panel Screen printed poly carbonate overlay (3 colors)
    Meters 10-segment LED meters (5 green, 2 yellow, 1 red/clip)
    Encoder 1, mounted on a high grade metal potentiometer
  • System requirements

    System Requirements for Console 1 and Console 1 Fader


    All Softube products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).


    Console 1 and Console 1 Fader is available for both MacOS and Windows.

    Versions from 2.5.18 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:

    • Mac OS X 10.13 or newer (older OS versions will not work)
    • Windows 10 64-bit (older Windows versions may work but are not tested)
    • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon - M1 support pending
    • Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
    • Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
    • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space. Specific information available on each instrument’s page).
    • Softube account
    • iLok account
    • Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
    • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)
    • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7, 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work. 

    However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro ToolsLogic ProCubaseAbleton LiveStudio OneReaper and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

     

    Note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required.

    Note: With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST format.

     

    These DAWs support synchronized track selection, solo/mute, DAW send, pan and volume in most recent versions as of June 2021:

    • Ableton Live (VST3)
    • Presonus Studio One (VST3)
    • Cakewalk (VST3)
    • Cockos Reaper (VST3)
    • Cubase (VST3)

     
    These DAWs support automatic transfer of the DAW’s track name and number to Console 1:

    • Presonus Studio One VST3)
    • Cakewalk(VST3)
    • Cubase (VST3)
    • Nuendo(VST3)
    • Logic Pro (AU)
    • Ableton Live (AU only, requires that all track names begin with a “# “, note the blank space)
    • Digital Performer (AU only)
    • Cockos Reaper (VST3)
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