Iconic studio tone in three classic preamp emulations.
The team at Arturia is no stranger to creating digital replications of iconic hardware synthesizers and instruments, so it's of no surprise that they've turned their attention to recreating some of the most iconic studio gear of all time as well. This bundle features a perfectly curated collection of the finest vintage preamps ever made, reborn as software plug-ins. Stretching the limits of Arturia's award-winning analog modeling technology, TAE, 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use is a virtual collection of the most coveted studio preamps in the history of music. Iconic, distinctive, complementary and boosted with exclusive features they will reveal the radiance of your tracks and infuse your records with the same color and tone as greatest hits and albums ever made. While highly desirable, these three classic preamps have long been out of reach for many musicians, producers, and engineers. Now, with 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use, Arturia has created the definitive emulations of this historic, influential equipment.
Once upon a time, in the “golden age” of the recording studio, the preamps in mixing consoles were pioneering technology. They boosted the signal from microphones and instruments to workable, mixable levels, and kept the sound clear and pure. At least, that was the theory. In reality, vintage preamps imparted subtle tonal changes in the sound they amplified, exciting their harmonic spectrum and saturating the signal. Their analog components also allowed mix engineers to use their “soft clipping” sound creatively, pushing tracks harder and controlling their dynamics.
Fast forward to today, and the modern preamps you find in practically every audio interface have a very transparent response, accurately capturing the audio they receive. The downside to this - and one that many modern music producers don’t even realize is a problem - is that in the pursuit of pure tone, we have lost the subtle color, flavor, and “magic touch” that vintage preamps imparted. This was the sound behind countless hit albums, the secret of multi-award winning engineers and producers, and the signature of the world’s biggest studios.
For years, top producers have coveted the sound of the venerable 1073 preamp. Now - through the power of Arturia’s advanced TAE modelling - you too can have a taste of that harmonically rich, classic tone in your DAW. Devised by visionary electronics engineer and pro audio legend Rupert Neve, the preamp became a staple of the world’s top studios, and added its unique tonal flavor to countless hits. It was a revolution in 1970, pioneering the use of reliable high-efficiency transistors to replace the temperamental vacuum tube technology of the time.
The sound of the preamp became an instant hit with record producers, sound engineers, and artists the world over, cementing its place in music history. Continuing that revolution, using their exclusive TAE technology, Arturia have recreated this phenomenal piece of music production history. Capturing and recreating its distinct musical color, its pleasing analog distortion, and its sweet-sounding tone controls, you’ll be able to start your virtual signal chain with one of the best sounding pres ever created.
Music industry gold-dust, Trident Studios’ ultra-rare preamp and musical EQ added flavor to countless best-selling hits for over half a century. For decades, the concept of pop music was synonymous with Trident Studios, the pioneering facility in the heart of London’s Soho district. Their client list reads like a who’s who of pop: The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, the Bee Gees, Genesis, Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, Kiss, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Marc Almond, Soft Cell, Queen, the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, Tina Turner, T-Rex, and Yes.
At the heart of the studio’s sound was the Trident A Range console. It became so well known for its gorgeous, musical EQ and the full, rich tone it imparted soon, studios around the world were placing orders for an A Range of their own. Although only 13 were ever made, they created a legacy that continues to this day. Now, thanks to Arturia’s groundbreaking True Analog Emulation technology, you too can experience the incredible sound-shaping power of the legendary Trident A Range preamp and EQ.
From its broadcast origins to its use on some of the best-selling, most enduring records of all time, the V76 preamp has played a pivotal supporting role in the story of pop music. Loved by the engineers and technicians at Abbey Road, and incorporated into their iconic REDD mixing consoles, the V76 coveted for that “White Album” sound, every major studio in the world wanted a piece of the action, and tens of thousands of Telefunken preamps were created to meet the demand.
These days, due to scarcity and cost, it’s practically impossible for most musicians and producers to pick up one of these legendary preamps. In the same way Arturia built its reputation on recreating legendary, rare synths and keyboards through advanced modelling, they decided to use their TAE technology to give everyone the chance to experience that legendary V76 sound. By studying its sound and design, right down to the subtleties of each electronic component, they have have created a virtual preamp that brings quintessential vintage tone to a whole new generation of musicians.
- Shape vocals with a world-class signal chain
- Add analog warmth to software instruments
- Give your bass more weight and clarity
- Enrich harmonics of instruments
- Create music you love hearing
- Mix with confidence
Carve your place in music history with these three classic preamps.
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