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Top 6 Preamp VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 6 VST plugins Preamp according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. Pre X7
  2. Front DAW
  3. 1973-Pre
  4. TridA-Pre
  5. 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use
  6. V76-Pre

1. Pre X7

by Audiority

Pre X7

Pre X7 is an analog modelled preamplifier based on an iconic vintage tube unit primarily designed for bass guitar and that we modified to make it work with several audio sources.
Both input and output 12AX7 tube models are calculated in real-time, bringing you all the subtle non-linearities that will make each instance of this plugin unique without phase issues. A high-pass filter followed by a Tone control lets you shape the input signal before the output tubes. Furthermore, we included a brickwall clipping limiter to help you retain the distortion on extreme settings.

Features

  • Real-time 12AX7 tube models
  • 4 steps Low Cut (pre or post input tube)
  • Input/Output Linking
  • Baxandall tone control
  • Boost, Pad and Phase switches
  • Brickwall clipping limiter

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit Only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3 64-bit host
  • PT 11+ AAX 64-bit host

MAC

  • OSX 10.8 or later (64-bit Only)
  • Intel i5 or higher
  • 2GB RAM
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, VST3, AU 64-bit host
  • PT 11+ AAX 64-bit host

Important Note: This software is 64-bit compatible only and will not function on 32-bit systems.


2. Front DAW

by United Plugins

Front DAW

Turn Your DAW Mixer into an Analogue Desk 

The digital world with its clarity and accuracy sometimes lacks some of the vibe from the old times. This is why English producer and remixer Greg Brimson approached United with his idea for a dream plugin. ‘Create a front door for every recording, and call it Front DAW. So that every track would have a true analogue input.’ Thanks to him you can turn your DAW Mixer into a real Analogue Console.

Every Track Different with VARM

Take advantage of United Plugins’ Variable Analogue Random Modeling technology. VARM is technology based on knowledge of chaotic behaviour and randomness of the analogue world. Thanks to VARM, each plugin instance acts slightly different. VARM models randomness of the subtle differences of the values of the electrical parts – exactly as is the case in the real electrical units and real console channels.

Three Types of Saturation

BR/US/GE buttons represent three types of analogue circuits you may choose from. BR represents classic fat British consoles, US stands for legendary punchy American style input. Switching to GE will give you velvet sounding colourful vintage German tube console.

The Mojo

Turning the Mojo knob lets you decide the amount of saturation your tracks get. The effect is rather subtle and gentle because Front DAW is intended to be used on many tracks simultaneously.

Saturate Every Track

Thanks to advanced modelling technology, Front DAW is very CPU-friendly. It is designed to be used on every single track of your mix (if desired).

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle or internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

The photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size – make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

15-Days Unlimited Trial Version for Free

All the descriptions are nothing compared to putting hands on the plugin yourself. No saving limits. No noises. No boundaries. Engage the plugin in your project and fully exploit its powers for two weeks.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manages bypassing ensures that you don’t get any clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter.

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and newer
  • 64-bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8-10
  • 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

3. 1973-Pre

by Arturia

1973-Pre

British Iconic Sound Of The 70’s

The iconic vintage sound of the world’s best studios, perfectly recreated for the modern producer.

The subtle nuance and tonal flavour added by a vintage preamp can have an amazing overall effect on the music you create.

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 flavour 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 colour, 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.

Analog Sound in the Digital World

“… but my audio interface already has preamps. Why do I need virtual preamps? What difference will it make?”

Great question!

As you’ll know, preamps raise the gain of incoming signals – from microphones and musical instruments – to usable levels, which can then be mixed. Practically all modern audio interfaces include preamps, just as most analog mixing consoles integrated preamps in the pre-digital age.

Thanks to today’s technology, preamps are very neutral and transparent in the way they amplify the audio signal. In the past, preamps tended to subtly distort the sound, imparting a tonal character to the audio they processed; a sort of “sonic fingerprint” that music producers would become familiar with, and start to use in creative ways. This is what people usually refer to when they talk about ‘the sound’ of a mixing console. Running a session on a mixing console that used the 1073 preamps, for example, would give the whole track a harmonically exciting feel.

Now, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. You can use the preamps on your audio interface to get your signals to a usable level, and use Arturia’s software preamps to impart that iconic tone to your tracks.

Adding that “je ne sais quoi”

It’s difficult to let new producers and mix engineers know just how important the subtle sound-shaping power of preamps are; we’re talking about something understated. It’s not a flashy synth or an extreme audio-mangling plug-in.

At their core, all of our preamp plugins provide 2 main benefits:

A Link to the Past

There’s something quite magical about hearing classic songs. If you let your mind drift, you’re transported to a totally different time: different fashion, different politics, different tastes, different lives. If you want to evoke the feeling of the 70s or 80s, when the 1073 was used on practically every chart hit, our 1973-Pre makes it easy. Added to individual tracks in your song, you can add that toasty, harmonic, saturated sound that typified the era.

Mixing Confidence

Load up 1973-Pre as an “insert” effect on channel, dial in an appropriate preset, and most of the hard work has been taken care of. You’ll now be mixing with the sound of a classic analog console, with the parameters set up by a top sound designer. Now you’re free to get creative, safe in the knowledge that you have half a century of legendary pro audio heritage supporting you.

That’s what we think, anyway. How you decide to use 1973-Pre is up to you. Maybe you’ll just love the way drums sound when you slam the input gain and pull down the high end. In fairness, that does sound pretty awesome.

Cracking the Code

We built our award-winning reputation on accurately modelling classic synthesizers and keyboards, now we extend our expertise to bringing legendary, rare, and unattainable pro audio hardware to every modern music creator.

We didn’t just want to make something that sounded like a 1073, we wanted to create a living, breathing emulation to bring you as close as possible to the joyous original, and go beyond your expectations. To do Rupert Neve’s brainchild justice, we analysed the unique response of every electronic component of the hardware. To guarantee the best preamp sound, Arturia’s engineers travelled the world, visited studios, and spoke to producers and engineers who use their 1073 on every project.

When designing the 1973-Pre, our quest brought us to London, England. There, we were able to spend some time with unit #3392, an original unmodified 1073 built in 1971. This particular preamp helped shape the course of popular music for almost half a century. Now owned by Fish Factory Studio, it also played its part in creating iconic Blur and Gorillaz tracks when it was used by Damon Albarn’s sound engineer.

Taking its rightful place alongside the best performance keyboards, analog synths, and digital powerhouses in Arturia’s virtual hall of fame, the 1973-Pre is ready to show you what it’s made of.

Rediscover an Industry Legend

Beautifully simple, yet stunningly effective, the 1973-Pre offers simple controls that pros will feel right at home with, and newcomers will quickly learn to love.

3-Band Equalizer
Creatively shape your signal with low, medium, and high band controls of +/- 18dB. The low band lets you perfectly balance the bass content in your signal, the mid band can add presence or cut the mud, and the high band can add shine and air, or remove any unwanted sharpness.

Input Gain
Controls how much of your signal is sent through the circuitry. Subtle levels will introduce that flattering brilliance that the 1073 is known for. Pushing harder will introduce harmonic distortion, adding presence and fatness.

High Pass Filter
Cuts the super-low end, inaudible rumble in your signal. Switched on, this can give your mix more headroom and energy. Left off, it lets through the bass you feel, rather than hear.

Output Trim
A fully transparent volume control to give your DAW exactly the level of signal you want.

It’s fair to say that in the 50 years since unit #3392 was built, the music industry has seen some changes. To bring this legend up to date, we’ve also included some optional enhancements to make the most of your DAW.

  • Automatic Gain Control – Intelligently alters the output volume based on the changes you make to the input gain.
  • Continuous Controls – Rather than stepped, for extra creative precision.
  • Switchable Transformers – Letting you choose between the original Carnill and the modified Marinair components, so you can easily choose which hardware voicing sounds best on your signal.
  • Self Contained Mid / Side Mode – So you don’t need to use additional convertors to use this advanced studio technique, your audio will sound amazing in both mono and stereo.

To top it all off, we even recreated the vintage style of the interface in a glorious, high-definition GUI. Every aspect of the 1973-Pre has been meticulously put together, ready to take your music to the next level.

Features:

  • Comprehensive set of presets
  • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling
  • 1 & 2 channels plugin versions

Virtual Recreation of Famed Classic British Preamp:

  • 60 dB virtual continuous input gain
  • 2 type of output transformers
  • +/- 24 dB Output trim level

Complete switchable EQ section:

  • Include bypass & phase Inversion switch

High Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 18dB gain
  • Fixed frequency of 12kHz

Midrange Bell Filter:

  • +/- 18 dB gain
  • Continuous frequency range from 360Hz to 7.2kHz

Low Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 18dB gain
  • Continuous frequency range from 35Hz to 220Hz

High Pass Filter:

  • -18dB/oct. Slope
  • Continuous frequency range from 50Hz to 300Hz

3 Stereo Modes:

  • Stereo Link
  • Dual Mono Channels
  • Mid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing

Output Analog VU meter:

  • 3 calibrations mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
  • Analog clipping LED indicator

System Requirements

Platform Specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • 64-bit only

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • 64-bit only

Required Configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS, all 64-bit only.

Protection

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

4. TridA-Pre

by Arturia

TridA-Pre

Prized And Rare Musical EQ

One of the most prized, rare, and exclusive channel strips ever made has been reborn in your DAW.

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.

The Best of Both Worlds

“Hold on… my audio interface already has preamps. Why do I need a preamp plugin?”

You’re right! Your audio interface uses its preamps to boost incoming signals to usable levels for recording and mixing.

In the digital age, the preamps included on audio interfaces tend to be highly transparent, amplifying the signal without adding “colour”, a sort of tonal flavour that subtly changes the sound.

In the 60s and 70s, a period many consider to be the “golden age” of the recording studio, the preamps within their bespoke mixing consoles – like the Trident® A range – were pioneering technology. Mix engineers found that, due to their analog components, the preamps would add a certain character to the audio, which gave each desk, and consequently each studio, a particular “sound”. As engineers became experts with these consoles, they would use the preamps as part of their creative process; pushing them hard to create harmonically rich analog distortion, for example.

Now, thanks to the digital audio revolution and the power of modern computers, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The Arturia TridA-Pre lets you add the iconic tone of the elite, rare, virtually unobtainable preamps found in the studios that created some of the biggest hits of all time.

Adding that “je ne sais quoi”

It’s difficult to let new producers and mix engineers know just how important the subtle sound-shaping power of preamps are, we’re talking about something understated. It’s not a flashy synth or an extreme audio-mangling plug-in.

At their core, all of our preamp plugins provide 2 main benefits:

A Link to the Past

There’s something quite magical about hearing classic songs. If you let your mind drift, you’re transported to a totally different time: different fashion, different politics, different tastes, different lives. If you want to evoke the feeling of the 70s or 80s, when the Trident® A Range® console was used on practically every chart hit, TridA-Pre makes it easy. Added to individual tracks in your song, you can add that toasty, harmonic, saturated sound that typified the era.

Mixing Confidence

Load up TridA-Pre as an “insert” effect on channel, dial in an appropriate preset, and most of the hard work has been taken care of. You’ll now be mixing with the sound of a classic analog console, with the parameters set up by a top sound designer. Now you’re free to get creative, safe in the knowledge that you have half a century of legendary pro audio heritage supporting you.

That’s what we think, anyway. How you decide to use TridA-Pre is up to you. You may just love the way the EQ sounds, and use it as your go-to plugin for sound shaping. We are providing the paint, but you make the art.

Cracking the Code

The channel strips found in the Trident® A Range® consoles are considered to be gold dust, available only to the finest producers and engineers at the peak of their careers.

We have built our reputation by recreating history’s best, most coveted keyboards and synths as software instruments. What better way to carry on this legacy than by bringing the most sought-after studio hardware right to your DAW? Although it would have been quite simple to just create a plugin that sounded similar to the famous Trident® A Range® channel strip, we didn’t want to give you an approximation of the sound. We wanted to create a virtual replica of the hardware so you could enjoy all the subtle nuances that made the original the go-to choice for the biggest producers and engineers of the last 50 years.

Finding a Trident® A Range® console was no simple feat – only 13 were ever created, after all – and our search led us to Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, and to Sweet Silence North. The musical residence of Grammy award-winning producer Flemming Rasmussen, whose critically acclaimed work with metal acts like Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Guardian, and Ensiferum hinged on the use of his Trident® A Range® console. To create TridA-Pre, we analysed channel 3 of his 1976 mixing console, creating a sophisticated model, right down to the level of individual components.

Through the passion and skill of our developers, we are able to bring you the elusive ‘secret ingredient’ behind so many incredible hits as a software plugin. It’s official: we are living in the future.

The Ultimate Sound-Shaper

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TridA-Pre gives you all the power and features of the fabled Trident® A Range®, and more! Let’s take a look at how this elite channel strip translates as a plugin.

4-Band, Twin-Channel Equalizer
The fantastically musical A Range® EQ has been recreated in all its glory. The high, high-mid, low-mid, and low EQ bands have 4 switchable frequencies, calibrated to match the original unit’s specification. These can be cut or boosted by 15dB independently on the left and right channels, or linked together. This gives you great freedom to shape your sound in a stereo space.

Low Pass Filter
Notch out the high end at 9kHz, 12kHz, 15kHz, or hit 2 or 3 switches to make more dramatic chance, this will soften the high frequencies of your signal.

Input Gain
From super-subtle overtones to growling solid-state drive, the Input Gain knob can be pushed to add whatever tonal flavour you desire.

High Pass Filter
Carve out the super-low frequencies from your signal, with cuts placed at 25Hz, 50Hz, and 100Hz. Like the Low Pass, you can also combine 2 or 3 switches for a stronger effect.

Mid / Side Mode
Missing on the original A Range®, TridA-Pre lets you use advanced mid/side techniques without external processing or convertors, meaning your audio will sound amazing in both mono and stereo.

Output Trim
Simple, but always useful. The output trim lets you adjust the “master volume” of the output without changing its tone.

It’s fair to say that since the original unit was built, the music industry has seen some changes. To bring this legend up to date, we’ve also included some optional enhancements to make the most of your DAW.

  • EQ Bypass – Pretty self-explanatory, this simple switch activates or deactivates the EQ section of TridA-Pre on one or both channels.
  • Automatic Gain Control – As you raise the gain, the output level is automatically adjusted, giving you a consistent, reliable perceived audio level. Now you can be sure that the changes you make sound great because they improve the tone, not just because it makes everything louder.
  • Phase Inversion – A handy little utility that flips the polarity of one or both channels, great for correcting phasing issues or giving you voicing options.
  • Stereo Link – Link both channels so that any any changes to the EQ or gain structure affect both channels at once. Disabled, you can make discrete changes to each channel.

TridA-Pre also features a gorgeous GUI. This attention to detail even extends to classic post-gain VU meters, which can be calibrated to your taste, and light up when the signal is peaking at -1dBFS.

Features:

  • Comprehensive set of presets
  • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modelling
  • 1 & 2 Channels Plugin Versions

Virtual Recreation of Rare and Prized Classic Preamp

  • 40 dB virtual continuous input gain
  • +/- 24 dB Output trim level

Complete Switchable EQ Section:

  • Include bypass & phase Inversion switch

3 Switchable Low Pass Filters:

  • Cut frequency at 9kHz, 12kHz and 15kHz
  • -12 dB/oct slope
  • distinct filter cut combinations with unusual curves when 2 or 3 filters are combined.

High Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 8kHz, 10kHz, 12kHz, 15kHz

High Midrange Bell Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 3kHz, 5kHz, 7kHz, 9kHz

Low Midrange Bell Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz

Low Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 50Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 150Hz

High Pass Filter:

  • Cut frequency at 25Hz, 50Hz and 100Hz
  • -18dB/oct. Slope
  • distinct filter cut combinations with unusual curves when 2 or 3 filters are combined

3 Stereo Modes:

  • Stereo Link
  • Dual Mono Channels
  • Mid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing

Output Analog VU Meter:

  • 3 calibrations mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
  • Analog clipping LED indicator

System Requirements

Platform Specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • 64-bit only

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • 64-bit only

Required Configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS, all 64-bit only.

Protection

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

5. 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use

by Arturia

3 Preamps You'll Actually Use

Iconic Studio Tone

A perfectly curated collection of the finest vintage preamps ever made, reborn as software plugins. Use legends of yesteryear to create classics of the future.

The Secret to Professional Sound

As every modern music producer knows, the sheer amount of software plugins available seems almost limitless.

There are a bewildering number of effects out there. Some you’ll love, others you’ll use a few times until something new comes along. Some are simply no use at all.

As a company of passionate musicians and producers we feel your pain. That’s why we decided to do something about it. We wanted to create a small, carefully curated collection of great sounding plugins that you can rely on. A few effects that would integrate perfectly with your setup, and empower your creativity. 3 Plugins You’ll Actually Use.

We have used our award-winning synth & keyboard emulation know-how to focus on modelling the best studio gear of all time. From our combined research and experience, we chose 3 historic preamps, all legends in their own right, each with their own character and benefits, to enrich your DAW. Not only will these plugins offer the tonal character shared by countless chart hits and historic tracks and albums, we have also enhanced them with contemporary features.

These preamps will give you mixing confidence, simplify your creative process, improve your workflow, and give you huge creative control.

1973-Pre

Based on the pioneering work of audio engineering visionary Rupert Neve, the Arturia 1973-Pre is the key to getting that harmonically exciting, solid-state 70s tone.

Learn more about 1973-Pre here.

TridA-Pre

Music industry gold-dust, Trident® Studios’ ultra-rare preamp and musical EQ added flavor to countless best-selling hits for over half a century.

Learn more about TridA-Pre here.

V76-Pre

Key to getting that “White Album” sound, these reinvented German engineered, tube-driven broadcast preamps were beloved by Abbey Road.

Learn more about V76-Pre here.

As you can see, each of the preamps has carved out its own place in the history of popular music. Now, thanks to TAE®, the same technology that brought you the finest keyboard and synth recreations ever made in V Collection, you too can enjoy the tonal character and inspiring features of these historic preamps.

“Why do I need preamps?”

“I already have preamps in my audio interface. Why would I need a preamp plugin?”

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 realise is a problem – is that in the pursuit of pure tone, we have lost the subtle colour, flavour, 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.

Now, with Arturia’s 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use, you too can enjoy the subtle, and not-so-subtle sound of the greatest mixing consoles, channel strips, and preamps of all time.

  • 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.

A Labor of Love

Recreating iconic gear as software is no small feat, and enhancing them beyond their original capabilities takes a special kind of passion and dedication.

While highly desirable, these 3 classic preamps have long been out of reach for many musicians, producers, and engineers. We are award-winning modelling experts, and one of our missions as a company is to bring the sound of iconic instruments out of the realms of obscurity, and into the hands of as many musicians as possible. Now, with 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use, we extend our promise to studio gear by creating the definitive software recreations of this historic, influential equipment.

To achieve our goal, we really did our research. We were hunting for just a few very special preamps, equipment that changed the face of music as we know it. We travelled far and wide, studied the originals, spoke to the engineers who know them best, and were meticulous in our methodology and modelling. Our search for perfect vintage tone led us to studios in London, Paris, and Copenhagen, where we able to get up close and personal with the Trident®, Telefunken, and Rupert Neve classics. As soon as we heard them in action, we knew we’d found what we were looking for.

TAE® Powered

TAE® “True Analog Emulation” is Arturia’s exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

Features:

  • Each preamp can be used in your DAW as a VST, AU, AAX plug-in.
  • Beautiful, incredibly detailed, high-res interfaces.
  • Fast, intelligent, tag-based preset browsing.
  • High quality presets from award-winning sound designers.
  • Arturia’s proprietary technology, TAE®, ensures that each analog modelling filter sounds and behaves exactly like the original.

Three iconic preamps recreated with advanced TAE physical and circuits modelling:

System Requirements

Platform Specifications

Windows:

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Mac:

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required Configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4 (32-bit and 64-bit), VST 3 (32-bit and 64-bit), AAX (32 bits with PT 10.3.8, 64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (32-bit and 64-bit), NKS.

Protection

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.

6. V76-Pre

by Arturia

V76-Pre

Finest Vintage Tube Preamp

The sound that defined 60s pop music, rediscovered as a plugin for your virtual studio.

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, we decided to use our 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, we have created a virtual preamp that brings quintessential vintage tone to a whole new generation of musicians.

Vintage Sound with Today’s Technology

“… how does a software preamp work? My audio interface already has preamps, what difference will it make?”

Simply put, preamps were originally created to make signals louder. They would take a low-powered audio signal – from a microphone or instrument, for example – and amplify them so that they were the strong enough for mixing, while minimising any added noise. North West German Radio were early pioneers of this technology, creating high quality preamps for broadcasting. Enhancing NWGR’s design, Telefunken produced the V72, which later evolved into the studio-focused V76, and became a staple in studios around the world.

Fast forward 70 years, and the pro audio industry has changed a little. Superbly transparent, low noise, affordable preamps are included in almost every audio interface. However, the subtle tonal shift that vintage preamps gave to the audio they treated, especially vacuum-tube designs like the V76, are missing today.

We wanted to give you the best of both worlds: the ability to colour the sound of your modern recorded audio and virtual instruments with the iconic tone of classic studio gear.

Adding that “je ne sais quoi”

It’s difficult to let new producers and mix engineers know just how important the subtle sound-shaping power of preamps are, we’re talking about something understated. It’s not a flashy synth or an extreme audio-mangling plug-in.

At their core, all of our preamp plugins provide 2 main benefits:

A Link to the Past

There’s something quite magical about hearing classic songs. If you let your mind drift, you’re transported to a totally different time: different fashion, different politics, different tastes, different lives. If you’re after “that” 60’s sound, you can’t go far wrong with V76-Pre. Added to individual tracks in your song, you can get that tonal push and lush soft-clipping that comes with valve-driven vintage electronics.

Mixing Confidence

Load up V76-Pre as an “insert” effect on a channel, dial in an appropriate preset, and most of the hard work has been taken care of. You’ll now be mixing with the sound of a classic analog console, with the parameters set up by a top sound designer. Now you’re free to get creative, safe in the knowledge that you have over half a century of legendary pro audio heritage supporting you.

That’s what we think, anyway. How you decide to use V76-Pre is up to you. One of the things we love doing is using V76-Pre it to add authentic-sounding, searing-hot tube drive to guitars and synths and running them through cab simulation. How will you use it in your setup?

Cracking the Code

Pro audio equipment doesn’t become legendary without a story to tell. To say the legacy of the Telefunken V series preamp is huge would be an understatement.

Its rich tone and huge creative potential made it an integral part of Abbey Road’s setup at arguably the most pivotal point in their history. Despite being known as the go-to microphone preamp for radio broadcast and studio use, and first-choice mastering amplifier, working V76 units are hard to come by. Fortunately for us, we were able to start and end our quest for ultimate tube-tone in France.

At Question De Son, a highly-esteemed recording studio in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, we were able to study an original, sequential pair of V76/80 preamps. Models 4754 had 4755 have been in active service for 70 years, and made the perfect subjects for our study.

We didn’t just want to create a carbon copy, but rather give you the best elements of Telefunken’s sonic signature. For example, made the gain controls continuous for more precise control, removed the seldom-used “broadcast utility” 3kHz low-pass switch, and refined the boost and cut range of the V612 EQ, giving you studio tools that are more usable for the modern musician.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Arturia’s research, modelling, and development teams, you too can include the tone of the fabled V76 preamp and V612 equalizer into your DAW setup.

Take a Closer Look

The V76-Pre combines the finest German-designed preamp and EQ of the era into one amazing vintage channel strip plugin. Let’s take a look at what makes it such a joy to use.

Modified V612 2-band Equalizer
V76-Pre’s equalizer is modelled on a rare, modified Telefunken V612, giving you access to a musically-placed high shelf and low shelf. These can both be cut or boosted by 10dB for subtle balancing of your signal.

V76 Input Gain
The main control of the preamp, letting you increase the strength of the incoming signal, passing it through the virtual circuitry and vacuum tube. It starts to impart more of its tonal flavour the hotter the signal gets, until it starts to break up with harmonically rich soft-clipping.

Multi-Mode High-Pass Filter
The included high-pass lets you remove low bass frequencies at 80Hz, roll off the high-energy low end at 300Hz, or use both together to create a more dramatic effect. The high-pass can also be bypassed, leaving your signal unfiltered.

Output Trim
Simple, but always useful. The output trim lets you adjust the “master volume” of the output by 24dB without changing its tone.

Mid / Side Mode
Absent from the Telefunken original, V76-Pre lets you use advanced mid/side techniques without external processing or convertors, meaning your audio will sound amazing in both mono and stereo.

It’s fair to say that since the original unit was built, the music industry has seen some changes. To bring this legend up to date, we’ve also included some optional enhancements to make the most of your DAW.

  • EQ Bypass – Pretty self-explanatory, this simple switch activates or deactivates the EQ section of V76-Pre on one or both channels.
  • Automatic Gain Control – As you raise the gain, the output level is automatically adjusted, giving you a consistent, reliable perceived audio level. Now you can be sure that the changes you make sound great because they improve the tone, not just because it makes everything louder.
  • Phase Inversion – A handy little utility that flips the polarity of one or both channels, great for correcting phasing issues or giving you voicing options.
  • Stereo Link – Link both channels so that any changes to the EQ or gain structure affect both channels at once. Disabled, you can make discrete changes to each channel for maximum creative control.

Last but not least, V76-Pre features a beautifully rendered GUI. Not only does it bring your DAW back to life, it also gives you useful feedback. For example, the level indicators will glow with background tube warmth with no signal, shine green with low signal, orange at optimum “reference” level, and red with peaks at -1dBFS.

Features:

  • Comprehensive set of presets
  • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modelling
  • 1 & 2 Channels Plugin Versions

Virtual Recreation of Vintage German Valve Preamp:

  • 73 dB virtual continuous input gain
  • +/- 24 dB Output trim level

Germanium EQ & Filter Section Emulation:

  • Include bypass & phase Inversion switch

High Tone Filter:

  • High Shelf band
  • +/- 10dB gain
  • 5kHz fixed frequency

Low Tone Filter:

  • Low Shelf band
  • +/- 10dB gain
  • 100Hz fixed frequency

High Pass Filter:

  • Cut frequency at 80Hz, 300Hz and 80+300Hz for steeper slope

3 Stereo Modes:

  • Stereo Link
  • Dual Mono Channels
  • Mid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing

Vintage Glowing Output Meter:

  • 3 sensibility mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
  • Analog clipping indicated by bright red colour

System Requirements

Platform Specifications

Windows

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • 64-bit only

Mac

  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU. 
  • 1GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • 64-bit only

Required Configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS, all 64-bit only.

Protection

  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center.
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