I am pleased to say that this is an incredibly accurate software recreation of my original A-Range design.
Professor Malcolm Toft, Original designer of the A-Range console at Trident Audio Developments
Because the Trident A-Range is not only a tremendously nice sounding and highly characteristic equalizer. Its four frequency bands also have a way of integrating in sometimes rather unpredictable ways. More often than not you will find that the equalizer ends up giving you something even better than you may have expected when you made a certain setting. In this sense, the Trident A-Range is more of a musical instrument than a strictly scientific tool. We think this is one of the major reasons it has been used on so many great classic rock albums and why it’s still one of the most coveted pieces of audio equipment around.
The Trident A-Range is my favorite desk to work on as its EQs are spectacularly musical. The Softube plug-in captures its unique color spot on.
Billy Bush, Studio and live engineer for Garbage, also worked with Foster the People, Muse, Beck and Offspring.
Only thirteen A-Range consoles were ever built, and the Softube plug-in version is a very exact model of channel 15 of the Trident A-Range at Sweet Silence Studio ‘B’ in Denmark. This is 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”, as well as 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 plus high and low pass filters. By driving the console hot, it is possible to get it to distort with a hairy and effective saturation that is just right in some situations, and just wrong in others! We added a separate Saturation control to let you choose easily. Turn it down for clean (and less CPU draw), and up for the sound of a Trident A-Range hard at work.
I’ve always loved the sonic signature of the Trident consoles, especially the A-Range, and to have that available to me on Venue is just a dream.
Robert Scovill, Live sound engineer. His career spans over 30 years and includes live work with artists such as Prince, Rush, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper
- EQ with a will of its own
- Created together with original designer
- Each and every component carefully modeled
- Saturation control
- Very CPU friendly
- NKS-ready: Integrates with Native Instruments hardware and software. Plug-in parameters and presets can be controlled from KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE