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by S. Kuziw (11/10/2015):

I have a hardware SSL buss comp and this plugin offers an nice alternative for drum… Read more

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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


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

    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."

    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"

    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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    A nice alternative to that SSL glue
    by S. Kuziw(Tuesday 10 November, 2015)

    I have a hardware SSL buss comp and this plugin offers an nice alternative for drum busses and full mixes. The limiter sounds great and comes in handy. Read More

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    by L. Mendoza(Saturday 31 October, 2015)

    Yes, this beast does really impart a true colloidal charge to any genre of music. This is one of those plugs/gear that will be used often. Big Up UA!! Read More

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    Magic Glue!
    by E. Sevmont(Wednesday 14 October, 2015)

    I just didn't need another compressor, but after hearing it in the buss, this comp now is a must Read More

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    by D. Acharya(Sunday 11 October, 2015)

    What an amazing plugin. I use it on my drum buss and the mix buss and everything just sounds so organic and warm. The high amount of THD(pushes even harmonics I think) even at low levels of gain reduction makes this a different type of beast compared to other compressors out there. Read More

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    Another 2 Buss wonder...old school goodness!!
    by P. Galaura(Friday 11 September, 2015)

    Definitely a great addition to any mix. Try the demo you will be hooked!!! Just loving it. Read More


  • Neil Mclellan

    In co-producing and mixing The Prodigy’s powerfully aggressive new album, The Day Is My Enemy, Neil Mclellan adds another international hit to his star-studded resume. Here, he shares his thoughts on crafting with compression, hardware/software comparisons, and what it takes to be the “cream”… Read More

    Dave Tozer

    Here, Dave Tozer details how you can synthesize a powerful UAD/Logic Pro X production workflow. Read More

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    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

  • 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

    Just Blaze

    Justin Smith, aka Just Blaze, was spinning records in clubs when he was just fourteen years old. Now he produces Platinum-selling mega-hits for stars such as Jay-Z... Read More

    Ed Cherney

    GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is one of funniest people you could ever meet. He’s also one of the most talented. Read More

  • Vance Powell

    Vance Powell accepted the GRAMMY® award for The Raconteurs album, Consolers of the Lonely. Read More

    John Nowland

    This month I spoke to John Nowland, Neil Young’s longtime engineer and big Universal Audio fan. Read More

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    I met Nathaniel Kunkel several years ago at an audio conference and was impressed by how self assured and outspoken he was for his young age. Read More


Features & Specs

Neve® 33609 / 33609SE Compressor Plug-In


  • 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

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