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4.83 out of 5 stars

by P. J (1/15/2015):

This EQ is very sweet. The high freqs do not sound harsh but musical. The low end is… Read more

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Overview

Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ Plug-In

Legendary Console EQ with Unique Band Interactions & Distinct Cut-Filter Combinations

The original Trident A-Range desk holds near-mythic status in the professional recording industry, and is arguably the best loved of the classic Trident console designs. Particularly noted for its fantastic preamps and the unique band interactions of its colorful EQ section, the Malcolm Toft / Trident-designed A-Range console has made an indelible impact on the sound of record making. During the “Golden Years” of rock, the A-Range was employed to record some truly great records — David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Lou Reed’s Transformer and Queen’s Sheer Heart Attack, to name a few — helping to solidify this console’s reputation forever. And now, this sound comes to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, courtesy of the Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ plug-in.

Working in partnership with Trident Audio Developments, UA scrupulously analyzed and faithfully reproduced the EQ section from the specific Trident A-Range console used to record classic albums by both The Police and Rush. One of only 13 A-Range consoles ever built, this desk was hand-picked by Elliott Smith for his private studio, and now resides at New Monkey Studio in Van Nuys, CA.

The unique EQ section of the board is what the Trident A-Range sound is all about. A series of three high pass filters at 18 dB per octave and three low pass filters at 12 dB per octave are arranged at the ends of the EQ section. They are unique, in that the switches can be pushed in simultaneously; offering distinct cut filter combinations with unusual filter curves. The rest of the EQ section allows four frequencies at any one time, switchable to one of four frequencies. Low Shelf: 50, 80, 100, 150 Hz; Low-Mid Bell: 250, 500 1k, 2k Hz; High-Mid Bell: 3k, 5k, 7k, 9k Hz; High Shelf: 8k, 10k, 12k, 15k Hz. With a unique tactile experience, linear faders control the gains, with around +/- 15 dB of boost/cut. Remember, these were the good old days before sweepable frequencies and Q controls. But the results are wonderfully warm and musical.

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  • Joe Chicarelli

    (The Shins, My Morning Jacket, The Killers)

    "The Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ Plug-In is one of my favorite EQs, especially for electric guitars. I think it’s the best electric guitar EQ that there is."

    Joe Chiccarelli

    (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, The Killers

    "The Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ Plug-In is one of my favorite EQs, especially for electric guitars. I think it’s the best electric guitar EQ that there is."

    Hans Zimmer

    (The Dark Knight, Gladiator)

    "[For lots of color] there's the Trident A-Range EQ plug-in, which is great on snare drums & things like that."

    Reviewer

    EQ

    "You can't go wrong with UA's plugs, and these three [EMT 250, FATSO and Trident A-Range EQ] are no exception."

    Reviewer

    EQ

    "[The Trident A-Range EQ] is all about character. It emulates the original, including the quirky ability to create really unusual curves."

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    EQ

    "[With the Trident A-Range EQ], in typical UA fashion, they've brought that analog quality to the digital world."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "There is no better EQ [Trident A-Range] for electric guitars ... making that snarl cut right through the mix."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "The Trident A-Range plug-in once again proves that UA is the preeminent emulation company for vintage hardware"

    Glenn Rosenstein

    (Ziggy Marley, U2, Johnny Cooper)

    "All of the love of a vintage Trident A-Range, none of the maintenance ... It's a console-in-the-box"

    C.J. Vanston

    (Prince, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker)

    "I used the [Trident A-Range EQ ] and I was blown away, wow! I can't live without it now! Easily my favorite of all the EQs, so musical."

  • Ariel Borujow

    (P-Diddy, TI, Black Eyed Peas)

    "I love the high end boost [of the Trident A-Range EQ plug-in]! Extremely musical all across the board."

    Arabian Prince

    (N.W.A, ProfessorX)

    "I mix through the Trident [A-Range plug-in], to get that sound that I had back in the day. It's damn accurate too."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "UA totally nailed it with their Trident A-Range EQ plug-in ... everything sounds so rich and airy."

    Glenn Rosenstein

    (Ziggy Marley, U2)

    "Not sure how, but they did it. UA created an A-Range plug-in with the sonic integrity of the original hardware."

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    Sweet sparkling!
    by P. J (Thursday 15 January, 2015)

    This EQ is very sweet. The high freqs do not sound harsh but musical. The low end is sweet as well Thanks UAD Read More

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    by A. Campbell (Wednesday 14 January, 2015)

    Nice eq here. Never used the real hardware. I do enjoy this one however. It has a very nice, smooth sound. It works on allot of sources. I like gentle hardware EQ's as well as surgical ones. This one does the hardware thing well. On some sources it can be a little honky with the mids.… Read More

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    Amazing EQ on distorted guitar
    by M. Olsen (Tuesday 13 January, 2015)

    There's something about the 5K band on this EQ that does wonders for distorted electric guitar. I already own the native version of this plugin from another vendor, which I prefer in mix. But I felt compelled to get this for live use due to its no-latency monitoring capability. It's not… Read More

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    Gold for guitar
    by N. Dranov (Friday 26 December, 2014)

    .. At least for the multiple dubs of higain metal guitars in my current project. The Trident adds a rich and not intrusive bottom, very satisfactory mids and pleasing highs. Very pleasing and easy to dial in boosts and leave surgical (subtractive) eq'ing for the Cambridge or bx V2. I… Read More

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    Tweak Bounce and Repeat
    by G. Froome (Wednesday 24 December, 2014)

    One of the easiest and most impressive vibey sounding EQs I've got now. I've been running drum samples through the Trident, bouncing and repeating to get some amazing original construction kits. Wish I knew about this one earlier! Read More

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Artists
  • Joe Zook Mixes OneRepublic and Serena Ryder

    WIth multiple platinum-selling records under his belt, Zook is one of the industry's most sought-after mix engineers. Read More

    Audio Legend Joe Chiccarelli

    The Grammy-winning producer, mixer, and engineer is responsible for capturing some of modern times’ most beloved sounds. Read More

    Tony Maserati

    Tony Maserati’s renowned chops has had him mixing everyone from Lady Gaga, Sting, and Mariah Carey, to The Notorious B.I.G. and Alicia Keys… Read More

  • Jason Schweitzer On Mixing With UA Gear for Snoop

    GRAMMY®-winning mixer and recording engineer Jason Schweitzer on developing artful ears. Read More

    Miles Walker

    Jay Sean’s “Hit the Lights,” Mixed by Miles Walker… Read More

    Michael Brauer

    Michael Brauer has enjoyed an illustrious 30-year music career, mixing chart-topping albums by artists including Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones. Read More

  • Ryan Hewitt

    Few people are lucky enough to grow up in the music business. Ryan Hewitt had the fortune of being raised in and around recording studios. Read More

    Glenn Rosenstein

    Glenn Rosenstein is one of those powerhouse engineer/producers who cut his teeth at NYC’s Sigma Sound in the ‘80s. Read More

    Hans Zimmer

    Hans Zimmer is one of the most prolific and compelling film composers in Hollywood, with more than 100 films and eight Academy Awards to his name. Read More

  • Mike Shipley

    GRAMMY®-winner Mike Shipley is one of the music industry’s top mixers; his hit-making career spans over thirty years. Read More

    Arabian Prince

    Veteran hip-hop/electronic producer Arabian Prince has enjoyed a steady career of hits spanning 25 years, and he’s not stopping now. Read More

    Malcolm Toft

    What is the secret behind the distinctive sound of British rock in the 1960s and ‘70s?… Read More

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Features & Specs

Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ Plug-In

Features:

  • 4-band active EQ modeled from one of only 13 original Trident A-Range desks
  • Licensed and endorsed by Trident Audio Developments, created by Universal Audio
  • Unique filter response curves modeled to exacting detail
  • Inductor-based EQ design yields band interaction between bell and shelving filters
  • Unique ability to combine cut filters for unusual filtering responses
  • Cosmetics match the original module’s “aubergine” (eggplant) finish
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameters:

  • High Shelf Filter: +/-15dB gain with switchable freq (15k, 12k, 10k, 8k)
  • High-Mid Bell Filter: +/-15dB gain with switchable freq (9k, 7k, 5k, 3k)
  • Low-Mid Bell Filter: +/-15dB gain with switchable freq (2k, 1k, 500, 250Hz)
  • Low Shelf Filter, +/-15dB gain with switchable freq (150, 100, 80, 50 Hz)
  • Low Pass Filters: independently switchable and combinable (15k, 12k, and 9kHz) 12dB/Octave
  • High Pass Filters: independently switchable and combinable (25, 50, and 100 Hz), 18dB/Octave
  • “Output” Gain with -24 to +12dB range
  • 180º Phase Reverse
  • EQ In/Out bypasses plug-in
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Docs

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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