Year / Date of Issue: 01.2021
Developer site: softube
Format: VST, VST3, AAX
Bit depth: 64bit
System requirements: Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10
Description: Equalizer Softube – Trident A-Range v2.5.10 [Native $ 299, TDM $ 449], simulates the equalizer of the rare Trident A-Range mixer [13 were released in total], which was used in recording by David Bowie, Queen, Elton John, etc. The plug-in was supported by Trident Audio and the mixer designer Malcolm Toft.
The Trident A-Range equalizer is a legendary piece of equipment. Only thirteen A-Range consoles were ever made, but it remains a holy grail for sound engineers and producers around the world due to the list of classics that were originally recorded on the A-Range — David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, records by Queen, Elton John, Rainbow, Metallica… the list goes on.
Sweet but edgy sound, and organic, musical interactions between the bands make this a more powerful companion than it may seem. Balance guitars, vocals, drums, and much more, with the rare and raw sound of Trident. To get it now.
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The plug-in is a model of a channel on one of the original 13 Trident A-Range consoles. We chose to model channel 15 from the console at Sweet Silence Studio ‘B’ in Denmark, producer Flemming Rasmussen’s favorite channel for recording lead vocals. Flemming also used it for the solo and rhythm guitars on Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning” and “Master of Puppets”, and Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar on the Rainbow albums “Difficult to Cure” and “Bent out of Shape”.
The A-Range channel features four bands of equalization and high and low pass filters. The sound of the bands is often referred to as “colorful” and “musical”. When running a hot enough signal through the original unit and boosting the bands, it is possible to get it to distort, the result is a hairy and effective saturation that is just right in some situations, and just wrong in others!
Softube – Trident A-Range v2.5.10 Discrete Equalizer is an amazingly warm EQ that adds a lot to my mixes. Although the true magic of it lies in the saturation knob. I can twist it up a bit to add a little extra character or really crank it and get a cool over-saturated sound that still is very pleasant.