10 classic channel strip plug-ins

8th May 2012 | 11:55

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Console yourself

Not so long ago, just about every bit of popular recorded music passed through a hardware mixer - even today, a fair few hits are mixed this way.

The mixers we’re talking about are so enormous that they’re more commonly referred to as desks or consoles. Each channel is represented by a collection of vertically oriented controls called a strip. As well as the bare basics like a level fader, pan knob and aux send knobs, a channel strip will also contain EQ features at the very least, and probably dynamics too (compression and perhaps gating).

Channel strip plug-ins are designed to bring all of that processing (and in some cases a specific sound) into our DAWs, offering EQ, dynamics and often more in one plug-in.

Here are some of the best examples of the channel strip currently available.

NEXT: iZotope Alloy

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
iZotope Alloy
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $249

As the channel-focused sibling of iZotope’s mastering tool Ozone, Alloy boasts a similar sound, some shared features and low-latency operation.

Read iZotope Alloy review

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Universal Audio Neve 88RS
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $299 (requires UAD hardware)

A stunning recreation of the only pro desk brand that could really compete with SSL in terms of reputation, price and popularity in the top studios.

ReadUniversal Audio Neve 88RS review

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Waves SSL G-Channel
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $488

Part of the SSL bundle (which the price refers to), this comprises recreations of the two most ubiquitous channel strips in pop history.

Find out more about Waves SSL G-Channel

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Universal Audio SSL E Series Channel Strip
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $299 (requires UAD hardware)

The UAD version of the SSL classic desk includes both Brown and Black EQ modes and runs on dedicated UAD DSP hardware.

Find out more about Universal Audio SSL E Series Channel Strip

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Solid State Logic Duende Native Channel Strip
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, £199

This recreation from Solid State Logic itself offers a genuine SSL sound inside your computer.

Find out more about Solid State Logic Duende Native Channel Strip

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Softube Tube-Tech Classic Channel
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $489

Based on Tube-Tech EQ and compression units, this lacks some conventional desk features but offers a classic sound.

Find out more about Softube Tube-Tech Classic Channel

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Wave Arts TrackPlug
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $150

Featuring a rather nice interface, this intuitive and feature-packed channel strip has a modern plug-in feel with a clear interface and layout.

Find out more about Wave Arts TrackPlug

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
URS Classic Console Strip Pro 2
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $480

This modern classic offers a huge range of vintage modelling algorithms to mimic the look, feel and sound of great old desks.

Read URS Classic Console Strip Pro 2 review

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Team DNR MixControl Pro
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $129

Featuring a complete set of channel strip tools, this versatile plug-in is suitable for everything from dance to rock and features a great selection of presets.

Find out more about Team DNR MixControl Pro

10 classic channel strip plug-ins
Nomad Factory SC-226
PC, Mac/VST, AU, RTAS, $119

Another vintage-style channel strip, this sweet-sounding plug-in is designed to add some classic warmth and character to your channels.

Find out more about Nomad Factory SC-226


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