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Arturia TridA-Pre

Platform: PC Windows x86, PC Windows x64, MAC OSX X32 PowerPC, MAC OSX X64 Intel
Format: AAX, VST, VST3
Required: DAW Software
Disks: 1 CD
Arturia TridA-Pre

Arturia TridA-Pre v1.0.0.264 [PC Windows only]

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 “color”, a sort of tonal flavor 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.

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 analyzed 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.

Main Features

  • 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
  • 1 & 2 channels plugin versions
  • 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
    • Comprehensive set of presets
    • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling
For more information, please visit this products webpage.
You may buy Arturia TridA-Pre or download it on our site. This product was added to our catalog on Monday 12 March, 2018.


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