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Two State Space modelled plug-ins of classic PreSonus channel strips

Classic PreSonus Sound

Pepper your tracks with a tasteful dash of PreSonus flavour via these two State Space modelled plug-ins recreated from classic PreSonus hardware channel strips, available in Studio One® Native Effects, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for use in your DAW of choice. The RC 500 is modelled from the PreSonus RC 500 FET Channel Strip; VT1 is modeled from a PreSonus classic tube channel strip. When the engineer who designed the original analogue circuits can get together for drinks with the master of State Space Modeling, the resulting plug-in sounds so true to the original that even the designer of the analogue hardware can’t tell the difference.

VT1: A Tube Legend

Stunning high-end sound and incredible versatility are hallmarks of this top-of-the-line, tube-driven channel strip, which integrates a boutique-quality tube preamp; a custom-designed FET compressor; and a custom, four-band, semi-parametric EQ. The VT1’s FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressor includes fully variable attack, release, threshold, ratio, makeup gain, and bypass controls, and employs a soft-knee compression curve.

The 4-band semi-parametric EQ combines isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q (width) control to provide subtle signal-shaping without harsh artefacts. All bands have Gain (±16 dB) and Frequency controls, with overlapping frequency ranges and fixed Q (0.55). The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak. Designed with musicality in mind, the VT1’s smooth and refined sound is a great addition to any serious mix engineer’s plug-in arsenal.

RC 500: Solid-state Smoothness

The RC 500 plug-in combines a custom-designed FET compressor and semi-parametric EQ in a distinctive, ultra-low-distortion, high-gain design. The RC 500’s FET (Field-Effect Transistor) compressor includes fully variable attack, release, and threshold controls, as well as bypass controls. The “soft knee” compression curve and a fixed 3:1 compression ratio can be driven harder at the input-gain stage, with a lower threshold, to emulate higher compression ratios.

This combination provides flexibility without adding complexity, making dialling in just the right sound quick and easy. The RC 500’s 3-band semi-parametric EQ combines isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q to provide subtle signal-shaping without harsh artefacts. The low and high bands are switchable between shelving and peak. The result is a sonically magical plug-in for recording engineers and musicians with a sound that is reminiscent of classic, vintage solid-state channel strips.

So how are these two strips different, exactly?

The VT1’s input stage offers an uncommon complement of tone-sculpting options and is great for making a particular track shine from inside your mix; the tube-modelled input section can be dialled up for boosted warmth and colour, and the six impedance options allow for some nuanced filtering—lower settings are darker. The four-band EQ allows for serious filtering.

The RC 500, on the other hand, is here to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible without calling attention to itself. That fixed 3:1 compression ratio and 3-band EQ removes a significant amount of guesswork, and since it’s modelled on a Class-A solid-state preamp, don’t expect any tube overdrive, here.

In short, if you want a lot of control and deliberate, surgical tone-shaping added to your tracks, pick the VT-1. If you need some signal processing quick, easy, and transparent, choose the RC 500.

Features

  • Available in Native Effects, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for use in your DAW of choice.
  • Compatible with Studio One 2.6.5 and higher. Prime, Artist and Professional.
  • Pepper your tracks with a tasteful dash of PreSonus flavour via these two State Space modelled plug-ins of classic PreSonus hardware channel strips:
    • VT1: Tube channel strip with FET compressor and 4-band EQ modelled from a PreSonus classic design.
    • RC 500: Solid-state channel strip with FET compressor and 3-band EQ model from the original RC 500 hardware.
  • Easy installation, authorization, and updates from PreSonus Hub plug-in manager application.

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS® 10.11 or higher (64-bit only).
  • Intel® Core Duo processor (Intel Core™ Core i3 or better recommended).
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

Mac (Other host applications)

  • macOS® 10.13 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core Duo processor (Intel Core™ Core i3 or better recommended)
  • VST3-, AU-, or AAX-compatible 64-bit host application
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

Windows (Studio One)

  • Windows® 7 (SP1 + platform update), Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD X4 or better recommended)
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

Windows (Other host applications)

  • Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 processor (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD X4 or better recommended)
  • VST3- or AAX-compatible 64-bit host application
  • 4GB RAM (8GB or more recommended)
  • Monitor with at least 1366x768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended)

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