The T-RackS Classic collection features four key signal processors that you’ll find yourself using constantly, thanks to their solid sonics; easy-to-use, yet comprehensive controls; and raw processing power. Almost any dynamics processing and EQ task can be handled with the modules in the Classic collection, which include both analog-modeled and digital processors.
You can easily set up custom signal chains when you open these plug-ins inside the T-RackS Custom Shop application. You can also open them in the T-RackS CS plug-in, which offers the same routing and flexible setups as the application, or you can open the modules individually as plug-ins. The T-RackS CS plug-ins support all major formats, including VST, RTAS, AAX (32- and 64-bit), and Audio Units. In addition to the four Classic modules, with their distinctive yellow front panels, you get the excellent T-RackS metering suite, which offers you peak, RMS, phase correlation, a spectrum analyzer, and lots of calibration options.
Here are the plug-ins that make up the Classic Collection:
This module is an analog-modeled emulation of a high-end tube compressor. As you would expect from a quality tube device, it gives you a big and warm sound, and is great to use on individual tracks and in mastering situations. In addition to the standard Attack, Release, Ratio, Input (gain) Drive and Output controls, it’s got Sidechain High-Pass Filter knob, which lets you filter out low frequencies going to the compressor, giving you additional control. The Stereo Enhancement knob lets you adjust the width of the stereo image.
This processor uses peak clipping to tame unruly peaks, rather than the usual peak limiting, giving you another dynamics control option. Peak clipping is often a more transparent process than standard peak limiting, which is why mastering engineers often employ it. Despite its powerful engine, the Classic T-RackS Clipper is easy to use, with only: Gain, Slope, and Output controls.
When you’re limiting a track, it’s often handy to be able to vary how much you apply depending on the frequency, so you can affect some parts of the spectrum more than others. Classic T-RackS Multi-Band Limiter splits the signal into 3 bands, and lets you adjust the crossover points between them to define their boundaries. Each band can have different threshold and level settings. Classic T-RackS Multi-Band Limiter gives you precision control over your audio, and lets you get your mixes really loud.
This six-band parametric EQ gives you flexible operation and great sound. Filter types include high-pass, low-pass, shelving and peaking, and each band can be switched in and out of the circuit. You also get precise control over frequency and Q, and can set the parameters either via knobs or a graphic display. If you like using presets, Classic T-RackS Equalizer features settings for a variety of instruments and vocals, giving you easy starting points for your tweaking.
You can open T-RackS modules as single plug-ins inside your DAW, or under an integrated plug-in shell that can host up to 12 modules at a time in 8 plug-in slots, and create complex signal chains.
If you’d prefer, you can run T-RackS as a standalone application. If you have IK’s ARC System 2, when you open T-RackS in standalone mode, the ARC processing will be seamlessly integrated into the signal chain.