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Softube Trident A-Range EQ Native

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Only 13 Trident A-Range consoles were ever made—but what music was made on them! Era-defining hits by David Bowie, Queen, Elton John, and more . . . all recorded on this treasured piece of rock history. Now you can own a piece of that history with Softube’s latest creation: The Trident A-Range Equalizer. Developed in cooperation with Trident Audio and Malcom Toft, designer of the original hardware EQ, the Trident A-Range plug-in delivers the classic British EQ in cross-platform, native—Mac and PC, VST/AU/RTAS—and TDM/VENUE formats.


With Only 13 consoles made, how did Softube find one to model? 

Softube scoured the globe (well, 13 countries, anyway) to find not just the console to model, but the exact channel of the console. They ended up with channel 15 from the console at Sweet Silence Studio ’B’ in Denmark—producer/engineer/mixer Flemming Rasmussen’s favorite channel for recording lead vocals. Aside from vocals, Flemming also used that channel for the solo and rhythm guitars on Metallica’s Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets, and for Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar on the Rainbow albums Difficult to Cure and Bent out of Shape.


What makes the A-Range EQ so special?

On the surface, the basic feature set of the A-Range EQ looks similar to a number of studio EQs—four bands of equalization plus and high and low pass filters. But once you get beyond features and specs, the mojo happens. The A-Range sound is often referred to as “colorful” and “musical.” (What, you were expecting drab and atonal?) In part this is the due to the distortion that can occur when you run a hot signal through the unit and boost the bands. The resulting saturation, which ranges from subtle to outright damaging, is often just the thing to give a track a unique signature sound.


I presume Softube used their patented modeling technology on this plug-in?

Ooooh, baby! First, every single component in the original hardware was painstakingly modeled. Then Softube took the extra step: Modeling the interaction of the components. So you get an incredibly accurate recreation of the original hardware—complete with quirks and anomalies.


Quirks and anomalies . . . I live for those! 

Well, you won’t be disappointed. And to ensure that you can get straight to the sweet overdrive distortion that makes this baby sing, Softube has added a Saturation knob, which emulates the effect of driving the channel with an overly-hot signal. Side benefit of that design: You don’t have to continually adjust the plug-in’s output level (though a knob is provided for just that purpose). Quirky and convenient! (And, of course, you can set Saturation to OFF, which removes the control from the circuit and also saves on CPU power.)