The secret to professional sound

As every modern music producer knows, the sheer amount of software plugins available seems almost limitless.

There are a bewildering number of effects out there. Some you’ll love, others you’ll use a few times until something new comes along. Some are simply no use at all.

As a company of passionate musicians and producers we feel your pain. That’s why we decided to do something about it. We wanted to create a small, carefully curated collection of great sounding plugins that you can rely on. A few effects that would integrate perfectly with your setup, and empower your creativity. 3 Plugins You’ll Actually Use.

We have used our award-winning synth & keyboard emulation know-how to focus on modelling the best studio gear of all time. From our combined research and experience, we chose 3 historic preamps, all legends in their own right, each with their own character and benefits, to enrich your DAW. Not only will these plugins offer the tonal character shared by countless chart hits and historic tracks and albums, we have also enhanced them with contemporary features.

These preamps will give you mixing confidence, simplify your creative process, improve your workflow, and give you huge creative control.

The preamps
that changed the world


Based on the pioneering work of audio engineering visionary Rupert Neve, the Arturia 1973-Pre is the key to getting that harmonically exciting, solid-state 70s tone.

See more info on 1973-Pre


Music industry gold-dust, Trident® Studios’ ultra-rare preamp and musical EQ added flavor to countless best-selling hits for over half a century.

See more info on TridA-Pre


Key to getting that “White Album” sound, these reinvented German engineered, tube-driven broadcast preamps were beloved by Abbey Road.

See more info on V76-Pre

As you can see, each of the preamps has carved out its own place in the history of popular music. Now, thanks to TAE®, the same technology that brought you the finest keyboard and synth recreations ever made in V Collection, you too can enjoy the tonal character and inspiring features of these historic preamps.

“Why do I need preamps?”

“I already have preamps in my audio interface. Why would I need a preamp plugin?”

Once upon a time, in the “golden age” of the recording studio, the preamps in mixing consoles were pioneering technology. They boosted the signal from microphones and instruments to workable, mixable levels, and kept the sound clear and pure. At least, that was the theory. In reality, vintage preamps imparted subtle tonal changes in the sound they amplified, exciting their harmonic spectrum and saturating the signal. Their analog components also allowed mix engineers to use their “soft clipping” sound creatively, pushing tracks harder and controlling their dynamics.

Fast forward to today, and the modern preamps you find in practically every audio interface have a very transparent response, accurately capturing the audio they receive. The downside to this - and one that many modern music producers don’t even realize is a problem - is that in the pursuit of pure tone, we have lost the subtle color, flavor, and “magic touch” that vintage preamps imparted. This was the sound behind countless hit albums, the secret of multi-award winning engineers and producers, and the signature of the world’s biggest studios.

Now, with Arturia’s 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use, you too can enjoy the subtle, and not-so-subtle sound of the greatest mixing consoles, channel strips, and preamps of all time.

Shape vocals with a world-class signal chain.
- Add analog warmth to software instruments.
- Give your bass more weight and clarity.
- Enrich harmonics of instruments.
- Create music you love hearing.
- Mix with confidence.

Press Clipping

"Are they (as they have been so boldly named) in fact 3 Pre-amps and 3 Filters you would actually use? After a few days living with them, my personal answer is an emphatic yes. Add to this a price point which sits at a fraction of all of their hardware and software competitors, and both packages enter the realm of “buy on sight."" Arturia has really captured these signature sounds beautifully."
"Kudos to Arturia for the inclusion of a mid-side mode on all three preamps – it's a great utility to have at the ready for broadening a stereo source, and Arturia's implementation of M/S (plus the inclusion of phase inversion on each model) makes you want to experiment with – and yes, actually USE – these plug-ins. And I guess that's why the naming convention is so spot on for these two bundles – the focus on high ergonomics and function paired with low fuss and CPU impact makes for happy music makers. I will use the hell out of these."
Tape Op
"Great collection of processing tools by Arturia who proves that it's not only about their quality synthesizer and instrument vsts!"
"The proposed colors are particularly attractive and musical. In addition, the implementation could not be simpler."
"This is a really good use of them modeling technology (...) It's a very brave, yet catchy title, however, these could well be 3 Preamps you use all the time. They are easy to use, light on CPU load and they sound great."
Pro Tools Expert

A labor of love

Recreating iconic gear as software is no small feat, and enhancing them beyond their original capabilities takes a special kind of passion and dedication.

While highly desirable, these 3 classic preamps have long been out of reach for many musicians, producers, and engineers. We are award-winning modelling experts, and one of our missions as a company is to bring the sound of iconic instruments out of the realms of obscurity, and into the hands of as many musicians as possible. Now, with 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use, we extend our promise to studio gear by creating the definitive software recreations of this historic, influential equipment.

To achieve our goal, we really did our research. We were hunting for just a few very special preamps, equipment that changed the face of music as we know it. We travelled far and wide, studied the originals, spoke to the engineers who know them best, and were meticulous in our methodology and modelling. Our search for perfect vintage tone led us to studios in London, Paris, and Copenhagen, where we able to get up close and personal with the Trident®, Telefunken, and Rupert Neve classics. As soon as we heard them in action, we knew we’d found what we were looking for.

Now it’s your turn to discover the inimitable joy of vintage signal processing for yourself.

Richard Furch

Artists Corner

The Arturia PreAmp Collection is astounding. Love the highend on the TridA-Pre and the transformers on the 1973-Pre. And the drive those and the V76-Pre is such a welcome addition to my arsenal to exite lackluster sounds and make the track pop a little more. These are making their way all over my mixes. Well done.
Richard Furch
( Mixer - Prince, Frank Ocean, Tyrese )
Emre Ramazanoglu

Artists Corner

Arturia have taken the same uncompromising attention to detail that they’ve shown in their synth modelling and applied it these classic preamps. Incredibly impressive and amazingly realised.
Emre Ramazanoglu
( Engineer / Mixing - Noel Gallagher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia )
Dov Waterman

Artists Corner

Crunchy but very even input gain, with a great addition of an EQ section that's easy on the ears, and an M/S feature that brings everything to the fore like no other. The V76-Pre is one plugin I don’t have in my arsenal and I know it’s going to get used!
Dov Waterman
( Audio Editor and Sound Designer )
Alicia Light

Artists Corner

The 1973-Pre has such a characteristic tone, it works wonderfully on drums and adds warmth and tone to vocal recordings It's a must-use for me during tracking.
Alicia Light
( Tracking engineer )

Hear the difference

Let’s be honest. Talking about sound can get boring. Why not take a listen to these 4 audio demos to get an idea of what’s possible using 3 Preamps You’ll Actually Use?

1973-Pre Demos

The 1973-Pre characteristic tone, combined with the power of M/S processing, add strong character to this live drum track.
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The 1973-Pre presence mid bell EQ adds fine tone edge for a crunchier feel in this vocal example with less mud.
click on FX to hear the effect!
The thick and compact low shelf filter preset of the 1973-Pre improves this not-so-well recorded kick drum, adding strong body and low end.
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The 1973-Pre analog clipping is clearly heard, favoring the high mids crunch of this hip hop loop.
click on FX to hear the effect!

TridA-Pre Demos

Adding mid frequency presence to this elaborate drum loop, easy! Just push the low mid frequency gain fader…
click on FX to hear the effect!
TridA-Pre is a winner for pop-rock vocals, enhancing breath and air from this female singer.
click on FX to hear the effect!
This example demonstrates the capacity of the TridA-Pre equalizer on this rock guitar riff.
click on FX to hear the effect!
In this exemple the TridA-Pre is used to give a closer and intimate feel to the voice and guitar, while adding a nice mid-high frequency edge.
click on FX to hear the effect!

V76-Pre Demos

The V76-Pre is used here in Mid-Side mode to slightly widen the stereo while adding nice subtle and warm presence.
click on FX to hear the effect!
In this example, the V76-Pre is used in parallel of the drum bus, adding a nice presence and tone to the whole drum kit, emphasizing the snare.
click on FX to hear the effect!
In this exemple a V76-Pre was used on each of the 3 tracks to get the vintage mixing console flavor.
click on FX to hear the effect!
A very subtle vintage tube presence added on every tracks of this classsical music duet.
click on FX to hear the effect!

Arturia Software Center

ASC is the central software that elegantly manages all your Arturia software licenses. It activates your licenses and synchronizes them across multiple devices (you get five instances with each instrument license). ASC also notifies you of updates and downloads them. You can even easily learn about new products, download demos versions and purchase the full products. Simple.

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TAE® Powered

TAE® "True Analog Emulation" is Arturia's exclusive technology that accurately reproduces the defining sonic qualities of analog synthesizers. It recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail, transparency and clarity, as well as the exact properties of the analog filters that give each classic instrument its unique sound. Soft clipping adds even more punch and presence. TAE® is primarily what makes our virtual instruments indistinguishable from the originals.

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Platform specifications

  • Windows: Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Apple: 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
    1GB free hard disk space
    OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

VST 2.4 (64-bit), VST 3 (64-bit), AAX (64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (64-bit), NKS* (64-bit DAWs only).

VST 2.4


The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. You can learn more about it here.

Main Features

  • Three iconic preamps recreated with advanced TAE physical and circuits modeling:
    • 1973-Pre
    • TridA-Pre
    • V76-Pre
  • Each preamp can be used in your DAW as a VST, AU, AAX plug-in.
  • Beautiful, incredibly detailed, high-res interfaces.
  • Fast, intelligent, tag-based preset browsing.
  • High quality presets from award-winning sound designers.
  • Arturia’s proprietary technology, TAE®, ensures that each analog modeling filter sounds and behaves exactly like the original.