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Mode. Selects the desired console emulation mode. For each mode, the Console Emulator module closely resembles the hardware it is modeled after.
S-Type. Emulates a clean and transparent British console that is popular among mixing engineers in rock and pop genres. This console has potentially been used on more platinum selling albums than all other consoles combined.
N-Type. Emulates a British console that is used in legendary recording studios, including Abbey Road, The Village, Ocean Way, and Skywalker Sound. This console is warm and has a rich low end.
A-Type. Emulates a revolutionary British console, of which only 13 consoles were ever built. This console was made famous at Trident Studios and Cherokee Studios. This console has a brighter top and less lows than the N-Type console. Some consider this best sounding console of all time.
Clipping LED. Shows if the input signal to the Console Emulator module is clipping. If there is any distortion in the ProChannel signal chain, the clipping LEDs let you identify where the clipping occurs.
Output VU meters. These meters are calibrated to function responsively, just like real-world meters. These meters fully support proper gain-staging needed for professional mixing situations and let the user make a better judgment of the volume needed for a particular track.
RMS/Peak. The VU meters can be switched to show RMS or Peak levels. Choose RMS to display more of an average of the amplitudes that occur in a complete cycle of a frequency. RMS, or Root-Mean-Square, is a little over seventy percent of peak level. Choose Peak to display the highest amplitude in the signal that occurs in a complete cycle of a frequency.
Trim. Adjusts the input gain. The valid range is 0% to 100% and the default setting is 0%. This control is only available in the Console Emulator Channel module, not in the Console Emulator Bus module. Hold down the SHIFT key to adjust the control with finer resolution.
Drive. Adjusts how much of the pre-processed input signal enters into saturation. For example, in an analog hardware mixer, if you put all the channel faders at +3 dB, the summing circuits will saturate more than if the channels faders are set to 0 dB. With this parameter, you can control the amount of summing saturation. The valid range is -6.0 dB to +6.0 dB and the default setting is 0 dB. Hold down the SHIFT key to adjust the control with finer resolution.
Tolerance. Simulates the component tolerances of the bus circuits. Even if all the channels in a mixer are in theory equal to each other as they are composed by the same electrical components, in practice these components can be slightly different among the channels. For example, a 2Kohm resistor could be 1.98Kohm on channel 1, 2.03Kohm on channel 2 and 1.99Kohm on channel 3, and so on. By enabling the Tolerance switch, the Console Emulator module will sound slightly different on different channels. These differences are saved into the song state, so it can be recalled when you reload the session.