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Premier plug-in designer Softube, a.k.a. the boys from Linköping, today announced the release of their latest opus, the Tube-Tech PE 1C equalizer.

Designed in concert with Tube-Tech/Lydkraft, the plug-in is an exceptionally detailed model of the hardware EQ that literally launched Tube-Tech as a company in the mid-1980s. That EQ, the PE 1A, was based on the Pultec equalizers first popularized in the 1950s; 25 years later, the hardware PE 1C (a refined version of the original PE 1A)remains a cornerstone of the Tube-Tech product line. Now, thanks to Softube's patented modeling technology, DAW-based recording musicians can enjoy the unique sound and feature set of the PE 1C at a fraction of the hardware's cost. And a month-long introductory special, beginning July 16th, makes the plug-in available at a substantial discount, with street prices averaging $199.99 for the Native version (VST/AU/RTAS) and $299.99 for TDM/Venue.

Like Softube's earlier Tube-Tech release, the legendary CL 1B compressor, the PE 1C plug-in faithfully recreates the form and function of the original hardware.

Each and every component of a hand-selected pristine PE 1C was modeled, from the tube to the power transformer, with careful attention paid to modeling the circuit gain-staging and the interaction of the components. The resulting accuracy is evident in the plug-in's decidedly analog sound and operation. Passive in design, the PE 1C is noted for its smooth, open, and airy top end--just the thing for vocals and guitars. The low end section comprises two independent filters--one for cut and one for boost--whose frequencies are slightly offset. This allows users to easily dial in the signature Pultec "scoop" sound, most frequently used for kick drums. Softube

rounded out the plug-in design with a few of their own features, including output gain control and stereo operation.

A fully functional 20-day trial version can be downloaded at www.softube.com

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