that changed the world
Based on the pioneering work of audio engineering visionary Rupert Neve, the Arturia Pre 1973 is the key to getting that harmonically exciting, solid-state 70s tone.See more info on Pre 1973
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 Pre TridA
Key to getting that “White Album” sound, these reinvented German engineered, tube-driven broadcast preamps were beloved by Abbey Road.See more info on Pre V76
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.
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.
The Arturia PreAmp Collection is astounding. Love the highend on the Pre TridA and the transformers on the Pre 1973. And the drive those and the Pre V76 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 )
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 )
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 Pre V76 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 )
The Arturia Preamps have changed my production and sound design workflow in many ways. They bring so much life and excitement to otherwise flat sound sources. I have never heard anything like MEMORY BRIGADE in the box to date. Arturia has absolutely nailed this recreation of it! The TAPE-201 is an absolute classic and faithful to the original unit so much that it has replaced the UAD equivalent in my template. I recently moved away from the UAD platform plugins because I wanted to be all native, and was looking for a killer sounding 1176 plugin to replace my UAD stuff. When I first tried the FET-76 I was floored. All the harmonics, color and presence of the hardware was there! The tone, GUI and functionality like Mix, Sidechain, filtering and Mid Side make this an indispensable tool in all my productions.Christian Matthew Cullen
( Producer / Engineer )
The Pre 1973 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?