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4.67 out of 5 stars

by D. Betz (11/4/2014):

It's actually the first time I am writing a review, but I am really amazed by the alpha compres ... Read more

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Overview
elysia• alpha compressor Plug-In Collection.
An elite, ultra-transparent sonic sculpting tool.

A powerful, ultra-high-end tool for mixing and mastering, the elysia• alpha compressor raised the bar upon its release in 2006 with innovative functions and its 100% discrete, ultra transparent, Class-A circuit.

Fetching over $10,000 new, the alpha compressor is nearly unmatched amongst dynamics processors for its openness and clarity. Designed by Brainworx, the elysia• alpha compressor Plug-In Collection for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is a faithful emulation of the world-class hardware.


Now You Can:
  • Mix and master your recordings with a faithful emulation of one of the world’s most powerful compressors
  • Rebalance completed mixes with frequency-targeted dynamics controls and M/S processing
  • Harness the Feed Forward and Auto Fast controls to accentuate a drum bus with unparalleled sonic options
  • Use the Warm and Soft Clip features to add analog polish and elegantly finish off your mixes and masters


Total Control
The alpha compressor plug-in’s ultra-clean response is matched only by its highly evolved feature set. The Feed Forward button will add aggression to a drum bus, pushing in all the right places and changing the character of the effect. Auto Fast is excellent for lightning-quick capture of transients with subtle, yet powerful “invisible compression” — no matter how problematic the signal may be. Finally, use the alpha compressor’s Niveau Filter to tailor any instrument easily, with laser-like precision.
Powerful Feature Additions
With new features such as M/S (Mid/Side) processing and a Mix control to blend wet/dry signals, the alpha compressor becomes even more sonically formidable. The Mix/Dry control allows you to expertly smooth out a performance with natural, organic compression, or increase the average level of an entire mix, while preserving all of the dynamics.

M/S processing allows you to dial-in dominant middle signals — such as a drum bus, bass,or vocals — without influencing the stereo spectrum. You can even solo the individual M/S tracks.
Simplified “Mix” Version for a Quicker Workflow
Brainworx, in close collaboration with elysia•, has also developed a simpler "mix" version of the alpha compressor, designed to streamline workflow. This version — sans the Nivaeu Filter and Soft Clip Limiter — make it easy to dial-in great compression, quickly.
Warm it Up
For final seasoning, the Warm and Soft Clip functions impart a gentle burnishing to your tracks. Warm mode is an emulation taken from elysia•’s popular museq EQ, yielding a subtle saturation, while Soft Clip can tame short, loud transients, and smooth unruly signal peaks, protecting A/D converters from clipping.

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FAQ
elysia• alpha compressor Plug-In Collection.
Basics and FAQ.
What makes the elysia• alpha compressor different from other compressors?

Spectacular, almost maniacal build quality and attention to detail — elysia• was born out of the desire to create audio products without compromise. The founders have spent a good part of their lifetime developing quality audio products but had always longed to build one product, with zero compromise to quality. The alpha compressor founded the reputation of the company, and it has remained its flagship product ever since. The result is a compressor which not only provides an unprecedented level of control, but the most transparent sound in the industry even when extreme settings are used.

What are some of the unique characteristics of the elysia• alpha compressor that have been emulated?

The elysia• alpha compressor gives you a set of advanced features that can be combined freely to address common mastering needs. The elysia• alpha compressor plug-in devotedly emulates all of these features, including the integrated M/S matrix, Niveau filters, Auto attack/release, soft clip limiter, parallel compression, and more.

What benefit does the elysia• alpha compressor plug-in provide compared to using the original hardware compressor?

The alpha compressor plug-in collection includes both a "Master" and "Mix" version. The "Master" version is best suited for multi-channel mastering, while the "Mix" plug-in is available for stereo or mono processing and has a reduced feature set, ideal for getting a great compression sound quickly. The "Mix" version is very useful for applying compression as needed in a mix, or as a tracking compressor while recording.

Why is there a "Warm" button on the plug-in version where the "Transformer" button is on the original hardware?

The hardware version of the alpha compressor has an additional transformer which can be switched in or out of the circuit by the user. The effect on the audio however, is extremely subtle, in fact many alpha compressor owners have said they have a hard time detecting the sonic differences at all. As the purpose of this function was to give the user the ability to add some color and saturation, Brainworx, working closely with elysia•, decided to emulate the "Warm" mode found on elysia•’s museq EQ which many users have found both pleasing and useful.

What are some of the best or common ways to use the elysia• alpha compressor to get great sounds?

While the elysia• alpha compressor is best known as a mastering tool, it is also very useful on other sources and groups (drums, vocal and guitar buses, and more). The alpha compressor was designed so that even when extreme settings are used, the sound characteristics stay clean and powerful. Whether used for mastering, mixing, or both, the alpha compressor achieves excellent processing results for all different styles of music.

The alpha compressor has a lot of controls and it seems a bit daunting. Can you give me some tips on how to become familiar with it?

You might want to start with the simpler "Mix" version of the alpha compressor first. You will create good results in no time at all, and familiarize yourself with the basic design of the compressor section.

Once you proceed with the full-featured "Master" version, make sure to not use all of its functions straight away, but one after the other. Once you know what each of the controls do, you can flexibly combine this "semi-modular" set of features according to your needs.

Familiarize yourself with the signal matrix represented by the "Direct" and "Compressed" buttons. There are four combinations of these in total, and each combination provides a different function (soloing channels, muting channels, comparing direct and processed signals, and so on).

If you are not familiar with M/S (Mid/Side) processing, take some time to learn more about it and try it on some of your material. Once you know how and when to utilize M/S, you will be able to address other mastering needs that are significantly more difficult or impossible to address with conventional stereo processing.

It's important to use the Soft Clip Limiter with care. If the corresponding LED lights up very slightly from time to time, it is just perfect. Only then will you benefit from a few dB of additional headroom without actually hearing distortion.

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    Fantastic Compressor!
    by D. Betz (Tuesday 4 November, 2014)

    It's actually the first time I am writing a review, but I am really amazed by the alpha compressor. Especially in mastering you have plenty of possibilities to make the mix sound much better and convert even demos into a nice production, bring up details without getting nasty artefacts, and achieve … Read More

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    Superb Mastering Tool
    by M. Höffken (Monday 20 October, 2014)

    This plug makes in my opinion more than other available a refined and smooth sound on high-end level. It`s absolutely recommended to try the wonderful presets, which are more than a starting point. Many thanks to UAD for a phantastic work and an excellent price-performance ratio to bring this worldc … Read More

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    My Go-To Plugin for Mastering
    by B. Troxler (Friday 5 September, 2014)

    I have purchased many UAD plugins. All of these provide important and useful engineering tools. However, none are as broadly useful for mastering as the Elysia Alpha Compressor. Used on the master track, this plugin brings a quality to the final mix that previously has been out of reach for me. I am … Read More

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    Exquisite, especially for mastering
    by G. Piazza (Sunday 10 August, 2014)

    I don't have the UAD version, but I've been using the Brainworx release for over a year now. This is one of the must powerful yet subtle Buss - Mastering compressors I've ever had the good fortune to use. The range of lighter ratios, combined with the auto attack / auto release responses make this … Read More

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    Transparent, versatile and overall awesome
    by S. Foley (Tuesday 9 September, 2014)

    This is a very versatile compressor, and has quickly become a go to on subgroups and master buss. It is clean sounding and can do quite a bit of GR transparently. The controls may seem intimidating at first, but once you learn how each one works and interacts with the signal it becomes exciting to u … Read More

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Features & Specs
elysia• alpha compressor.
Features & Specs.
Key Features
  • 100% Discrete Class-A Sound: The alpha compressor represents the art of discrete signal processing. Consequently, ICs have to stay out without any ifs and buts. Authenticated by elysia• GmbH, the painstaking component modeling of the plug-in faithfully captures the sound of the original hardware.
  • Integrated M/S Matrix: As an alternative to standard stereo operation you can process the mid and side signals, opening up completely new options for your work.
  • Feed Forward & Feedback: The type of compression can be chosen for each channel individually, making two different compressors available at the push of a button.
  • Auto Fast: A switchable semi automation that always provides perfect attack and release on the basis of the values set by the user - even with complex material.
  • Niveau Audio Filter: The Niveau Filter is specialized in forming the tonal characteristics of a track very effectively without much of an effort.
  • Parallel Compression: Also available directly on the unit: the direct and the compressed signal can be blended in any desired relation by simply turning the mix controller.
  • Signal Matrix: The direct and the processed signal can be monitored individually or together by the push of a button in each channel (left & right or mid & side).
  • Soft Clip Limiter: Tames short and loud transients and smoothens the signal peaks, and thereby protects following AD converters from clipping.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide
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Parameter Specifications
alpha compressor master
  • Active: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • M/S Mode: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • SChannel Link: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Threshold: continuous, +20 dB – -13 dB
  • Feed Forward: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Attack: continuous, 0 ms – 150 ms
  • Attack Auto Fast: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Release: continuous, 60 ms – 1800 ms
  • Release Auto Fast: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Ratio: continuous, 1.1 – 2.4
  • EQ Gain: continuous, 3.3 dB Lo – 0 dB – 3.3 dB Hi
  • EQ On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • EQ Frequency: continuous, 20 Hz – 2000 Hz
  • EQ Frequency x10: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Sidechain Gain: continuous, -oo dB Lp – 0 dB – -oo dB Hp
  • Sidechain On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Sidechain Frequency: continuous, 30 Hz – 3300 Hz
  • Mix Direct: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Mix: continuous, 0% – 100%
  • Mix Compressor: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Gain: continuous, 0 dB – 12 dB
  • Warm On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Soft Clip: continuous, 25 dB – 3 dB
  • Soft Clip On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
alpha compressor mix
  • Active: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Threshold: continuous, +20 dB – -13 dB
  • Feed Forward: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Attack: continuous, 0 ms – 150 ms
  • Attack Auto Fast: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Release: continuous, 60 ms – 1800 ms
  • Release Auto Fast: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Ratio: continuous, 1.1 – 2.4
  • Sidechain Gain: continuous, -oo dB Lp – 0 dB – -oo dB Hp
  • Sidechain On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Sidechain Frequency: continuous, 30 Hz – 3300 Hz
  • Warm On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Mix: continuous, 0% – 100%
  • Channel Link: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Gain: continuous, 0 dB – 12 dB
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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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