Which Softube plug-in should be your first?

Step into the world of the Rock & Roll Scientists with these suggestions


With so many Softube plug-ins to choose from, which one should be your first? Fret not, we've put together this handy guide to help you answer exactly that question. Let us introduce you to four plug-ins we think would make for an excellent first step into the world of Softube.




Industry-standard compression and EQ

The Tube-Tech Complete Collection combines several fabled units: the passive tube-driven PE 1C and ME 1B ‘Pultec’-style equalizers, the world-famous CL 1B optical compressor, and our beloved Classic Channel. This set gives you all-around usability and component modeling that guarantees you the same satisfying analog tube character as the original hardware. If high-end mixing staples are on your wish list, Tube-Tech Complete Collection 2 is a wonderful place to start. 

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Authentic '80s polyphony

From authentic '80s pop to contemporary synthwave, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more suitable instrument than our Model 84 Polyphonic Synthesizer. We applied our award-winning modeling expertise to a fully serviced and calibrated 1984 unit. The result is a perfect facsimile of the original hardware, a plug-in with all the quirks and non-linearities of that 1980s-era idol. The sound is spot-on, and we've included some contemporary features and a heap of presets, allowing Model 84 to slot seamlessly into your workflow.

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Analog warmth and glue

Recording digitally does not mean your tracks have to sound sterile, and our Tape plug-in offers some quick and compelling ways to infuse your projects with warm, magnetic saturation. Use it, for example, to add a rich harmonic tone to electric guitars, or go more subtle with a single instance on your master bus for a bit of organic mojo on the way out. Whatever the application, Tape will help you raise your tracks to be the best they can be.

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Professional guitar & bass sounds

If your work involves a lot of guitar and bass, look no further than Amp Room and Amp Room Suites. Amp Room is a platform that allows you to create authentic guitar and bass signal chains, like you would in a professional studio, with carefully selected suites of amps, cabinets, pedals, and the unique ability to load high-end mixing plug-ins from Tube-Tech, Empirical Labs, and more. Add an incredibly flexible workflow and our signature high sound quality, and Amp Room will have you producing mix-ready guitar and bass sounds in no time.

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