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TridA-Pre

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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

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

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.

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