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  • Softube and Empirical Labs form partnership, release four new products

    Linköping, Sweden: Empirical Labs Inc. (ELI) is the maker of innovative, long-lasting pro audio equipment that’s also famous for analog flavor.

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    Under the leadership of the renowned Dave Derr, ELI has produced such classics as Fatso, DerrEsser, and Distressor. Softube is proud to continue its fifteen-year relationship with ELI in the form of a new partnership. With a shared dedication to quality sound and solid gear, we proudly introduce four new products from Softube + Empirical Labs: Mike-E Comp, Lil FrEQ, Trak Pak for Console 1, and the Empirical Labs Complete Collection. 

    Mike-E Comp, a compressor/saturator with a punchy preamp, is based in part on the famous ELI Distressor. Available as an individual native plug-in or as a module in Amp Room, Softube’s guitar and bass platform, Mike-E makes it fun to push the limits without harshness. Mike-E delivers analog warmth in an uncomplicated, modern interface—with the famous NUKE mode included. 

    Lil FrEQ is unique in the world of equalizers for its warm yet extremely punchy retro sound. A classic EQ sound in a modern parameter set that features eight processing sections with independent bypass, punchiness galore, and de-essing with a soft knee high-frequency limiter, it's hard to think of a more potent analog EQ. There’s no need for a chain of plug-ins when using an EQ as proficient as Lil FrEQ. 

    Trak Pak for Console 1 features a combination of the toasty, fat-sounding Mike-E saturator/compressor and the punchy Lil FrEQ analog equalizer/de-esser. The resulting channel strip offers the well-regarded Console 1 workflow and the legendary ELI sound in one place. It’s an unprecedented product for the Console 1 ecosystem, and the pro audio world in at large.  

    The Empirical Labs Complete Collection offers all the new Empirical Labs + Softube products in one bundle. The collection of native plug-ins is masterfully modeled and fine-tuned for mixing professionals and recording engineers. It offers the bold compression and saturation of Mike-E Comp, the complex power of the Lil FrEQ equalizer and de-esser, and the punchiest channel strip available for Console 1 in Trak Pak. Complete Collection brings ELI’s famous analog sound into the modern, DAW-based studio.

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    In short

    • NEW: Empirical Labs Mike-E Comp + Mike-E for Amp Room 
    • NEW: Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ 
    • NEW: Empirical Labs Trak Pak For Console 1 
    • New Empirical Labs and Softube partnership 
    • Introducing four Empirical Labs + Softube products 
    • Expertly-modeled native software versions of the hardware counterparts
    • Sound and performance equivalent to the hardware counterparts
    • The celebrated Empirical Labs sound   
    • Created in collaboration with the authority, Dave Derr of Empirical Labs 

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