Softube American Class A

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Channel Strip Plugin & Expansion for Console 1

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AAX Native - Compatible with Pro Tools 11 and above
AudioUnits Format VST2 Format VST3 Format
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Dream Big, Sound Bigger

Gut-busting drums. Crackling, searing, face-melting guitars. Meaty, punching bass. Rich, up-front vocals. Wide-open, airy, living electronics. If you will it, it is no dream with the American Class A.

Based on the greatest classics of American mixing console hardware, this channel strip is fast and easy to work with and brings a truckload of character to the party.

With a shape section featuring gate and transient designing, a stellar four-band EQ with proportional Q and range control, a fascinating compressor design which can be switched between feedback and feedforward operations, and a warm, crunchy output drive section, no modern studio is complete until this sonic option is at hand.


The American gear on which this strip is based is perhaps best known for the way it brings out the power and energy of modern rock music; acts such as Radiohead, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam have used similar consoles.

Drums leap out of the speakers, vocals grab you by the scruff of the neck, guitars spontaneously combust. But the American Class A is also capable of subtlety.

Using the range controls of the EQ to limit the gain boosting and cutting to a half or even a quarter of the starting values, it becomes a high-resolution mastering unit. And running a synth sound through these same hard-rocking controls can result in improved openness and vitality just as easily as increased grunt.

This plug-in also seamlessly integrates with Format-Console 1 as a channel strip, so anyone using a Format-Console 1 will have the added benefit of Format-Console 1's analogue workflow and features.


  • American mixing console sound, for Format-Console 1 or as a standalone plug-in.
  • One license for both the Format-Console 1 version and the native plug-in.
  • Characteristic stepped EQ with proportional Q values. Gives bold boosts and clean cuts.
  • Unique compressor design, which can operate in feedback or feedforward topologies.
  • Cutting-edge graphics and waveform visualisations offer all the information you need.
  • Shape section has both gate and transient shaper, with all the same tasty analogue sound of the strip's circuitry.
  • Crunchy drive from the output stage, with controllable character.
  • A real and complete workhorse replacement for stock DAW mixing tools.