The sound that defined 60s pop music, rediscovered as a plugin for your virtual studio.
From its broadcast origins to its use on some of the best-selling, most enduring records of all time, the V76 preamp has played a pivotal supporting role in the story of pop music.
Loved by the engineers and technicians, and incorporated into the iconic REDD mixing consoles, the V76 coveted for that “White Album” sound, every major studio in the world wanted a piece of the action, and tens of thousands of Telefunken preamps were created to meet the demand.
These days, due to scarcity and cost, it’s practically impossible for most musicians and producers to pick up one of these legendary preamps. In the same way Arturia built its reputation on recreating legendary, rare synths and keyboards through advanced modelling, we decided to use our TAE® technology to give everyone the chance to experience that legendary V76 sound.
By studying its sound and design, right down to the subtleties of each electronic component, we have created a virtual preamp that brings quintessential vintage tone to a whole new generation of musicians.
Vintage sound with today’s technology
... how does a software preamp work? My audio interface already has preamps, what difference will it make?
Simply put, preamps were originally created to make signals louder. They would take a low-powered audio signal - from a microphone or instrument, for example - and amplify them so that they were the strong enough for mixing, while minimizing any added noise. North West German Radio were early pioneers of this technology, creating high quality preamps for broadcasting. Enhancing NWGR’s design, Telefunken produced the V72, which later evolved into the studio-focused V76, and became a staple in studios around the world.
Fast forward 70 years, and the pro audio industry has changed a little. Superbly transparent, low noise, affordable preamps are included in almost every audio interface. However, the subtle tonal shift that vintage preamps gave to the audio they treated, especially vacuum-tube designs like the V76, are missing today.
We wanted to give you the best of both worlds: the ability to color the sound of your modern recorded audio and virtual instruments with the iconic tone of classic studio gear.
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’re after “that” 60’s sound, you can’t go far wrong with Pre V76. Added to individual tracks in your song, you can get that tonal push and lush soft-clipping that comes with valve-driven vintage electronics.
Load up Pre V76 as an “insert” effect on a 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 over half a century of legendary pro audio heritage supporting you.
That’s what we think, anyway. How you decide to use Pre V76 is up to you. One of the things we love doing is using Pre V76 it to add authentic-sounding, searing-hot tube drive to guitars and synths and running them through cab simulation. How will you use it in your setup?
- Virtual recreation of vintage German valve preamp
- 73 dB virtual continuous input gain
- +/- 24 dB Output trim level
- Germanium EQ & filter section emulation
- Include bypass & phase Inversion switch
- High Tone Filter
- High Shelf band
- +/- 10dB gain5kHz fixed frequency
- Low Tone Filter
- Low Shelf band
- +/- 10dB gain
- 100Hz fixed frequency
- High Pass Filter
- Cut frequency at 80Hz, 300Hz and 80+300Hz for steeper slope
- 1 & 2 channels plugin versions
- 3 stereo modes
- Stereo Link
- Dual Mono ChannelsMid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing
- Vintage glowing output meter
- 3 sensibility mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
- Analog clipping indicated by bright red color
- Comprehensive set of presets
- State-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling
- Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- VST 2.4 (64-bit)
- VST 3 (64-bit)
- AAX (64 bits with PT 11)
- Audio Unit (64-bit)
- NKS* (64-bit DAWs only)
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