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Customer Reviews 68 Reviews

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by R. Edwards (11/14/2014):

I've used and owned the hardware versions of the Neve 33609 since they were first available. Wi ... Read more

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Overview

Neve® 33609 / 33609SE Compressor Plug-In

Stereo/Mono Compressor Plug-In With Separate Limiter & Compression Sections

Derived from the original Neve 2254 compressor, circa 1969, the 33609 stereo bus compressor/limiter utilizes a bridged-diode gain reduction circuit and many custom transformers. The uniquely musical character of this circuit has made the 33609 a studio standard since its release. The UAD Neve 33609 is the only Neve-sanctioned software recreation of the Neve 33609 (rev C). Every detail of the original unit is captured, and matches its hardware counterpart with absolute precision. The 33609 plug-in includes a DSP-optimized 33609SE which allows for higher instance counts.

The completely stepped-controlled 33609 is made up of separate compression and limiter sections, each with their own threshold, recovery and bypass controls. Two of the recovery selections for each section are dedicated to a program dependent auto release. The compressor section also offers five ratio selections and 20 dB make-up gain, while the limiter offers a fast or slow attack. The mono/stereo switch couples and decouples the left and right gain reduction elements.

The UAD Powered Plug-In version of the Neve 33609 adds a few control enhancements not found on the hardware: An additional stepped output control with 20db of gain, a link switch allowing ganged left/right control of all parameters, and a headroom switch, which allows the DAW user to take advantage of the full range of 33609 gain coloration.

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  • Aziz Ibrahim

    (Simply Red, The Stone Roses)

    "The Neve 33609 & Fairchild 670 compressor plug-ins are my favorites. They really seem to fix things for me."

    Neil Mclellan

    (TapeOp)

    "One the last Prodigy album I used this [Neve 33609] plug-in across whole drum groups as well as the mix bus."

    Hector Delgado

    (Jay-Z, Ledisi)

    "The Neve plug-ins for UAD are a must for anyone wanting that 'outboard' sound 'in-the-box'."

    Future Music UK

    (Future Music UK)

    "Genuinely allows you to turn each channel of your DAW into a virtual Neve channel strip."

    Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)

    "Oh, the 33609 [plug-in] is great, I love it on lead vocals. It’s also an excellent buss limiter/compressor."

  • Vance Powell

    (The Raconteurs)

    "The 1073, 1176, LA-2A, LA-3A, 33609, the RE-201, the Dimension D, and the CE-1 [plug-ins]. I couldn't live without 'em"

    Dweezil Zappa

    (Zappa Plays Zappa)

    "I've had a chance to work with all of the Neve plug-ins and they sound exceptionally good."

    Tom Misner

    (President of AMS-Neve)

    "The definitive series of Neve plug-ins as a compliment to the range of Classic and New Classic Neve hardware units."

    Ryan West

    (T.I., T-Pain)

    "I've worked with all the UAD Neve plug-ins and they sound exceptionally good. They do exactly what I had hoped they would do."

    David Isaac

    (Marcus Miller, Anita Baker)

    "I used the Neve 33609 on the remake of Stevie Wonder's of "Higher Ground" ... and it worked out great!"

  • Ariel Borujow

    (P-Diddy, TI, Black Eyed Peas)

    "I always reach for the Neve 33609 plug-in when i need to smooth out some backround vocals. Its just like the real thing!"

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "As you would expect from UA, each plug-in is visually and functionally accurate to its real world counterpart"

    Garret Haines

    (EQ Magazine)

    "If you’ve been considering the UAD line ... with authorized Neve plug-ins, you’ll have the tools you need."

    Bruce Aisher

    (Future Music UK)

    "UA have taken revered [Neve] hardware and modelled it to perfection to produce a killer bundle."

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    Neve 33609 The professional must-have Compressor/limiter
    by R. Edwards (Friday 8 November, 2013)

    I've used and owned the hardware versions of the Neve 33609 since they were first available. Without doubt, this plug-in is indistinguishable from my favourite hardware. There hardly a broadcast mix that wouldn't benefit by using this across the final output. A work of genius in emulating the work … Read More

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    by R. O'Brien (Tuesday 11 December, 2012)

    I love this compressor. Not too much more to say but you can use it on a master fader, drum buss, stems. You name it, it will make it sound better. I especially like using it as an aux compressed buss. Take all the instruments you want to compress and send them out through a stereo aux send, this … Read More

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    by C. Presnell (Monday 21 May, 2012)

    WOW!!! Finally, a go-to 2 bus compressor. It adds a fullness to a mix. It fills and rounds out the low end without getting boomy. Great glue effect as well. … Read More

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    by J. Piccione (Friday 23 December, 2011)

    Started using this plug in on just about every buss. The master buss the mix takes on a "sheen" and an "air" that I remember some of my favorite recordings having. This is a must have plug in for anyone looking to add the Real Glue Factor to their mixes. Thanks UA! … Read More

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    by C. Denham (Friday 17 June, 2011)

    Stunning. Even now, all these years later, this compressor still holds it's own above any plug in compressor I have heard. It's not hardware - but it somehow wraps the signal in a way all other plugin compressors seem incapable of managing. Perfect for natural instruments such as Piano or S … Read More

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Features & Specs

Neve® 33609 / 33609SE Compressor Plug-In

Features:

  • Recreation of the Neve 33609 (rev C) — Derived from the original Neve 2254 compressor
  • Exclusive Neve licensed/UA modeled 33609 bus compressor
  • Compression curves and nonlinearities modeled to exacting detail
  • Auto-release settings offer program dependent qualities
  • “Software-only” controls link, output gain, and headroom switch
  • Stereo or mono operation
  • Includes SE version for higher instance count
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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