Three Iconic Compressor Emulations Representing Three Classic Compression Types — Optical, Variable Mu/Tube, and VCA.
The Classic Compressor Bundle combines the world’s finest emulations of three of the most important and beloved audio compressors of the last 50 years — in one convenient and cost-effective plug-in bundle. Each included compressor represents a “golden” example of three fundamental gain reduction types: Optical compression (Teletronix® LA-3A), Variable Mu/Tube compression (Fairchild® 670), and VCA compression (dbx® 160). Taken together, the UAD Classic Compressor Bundle delivers a comprehensive, professional and widely acclaimed solution for all your dynamics processing requirements — regardless of instrument type, music style, or desired sound.
The LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler made its debut at the 1969 NY AES show, and marked the departure from the tube design of the Teletronix LA-2A. The LA-3A incorporated components and design concepts from the Putnam-designed 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, giving the LA-3A its own distinctive sound. This plug-in provides the same unique compression character and solid mid-range — capable of moving sounds right to the front of your speakers — that make its analog counterpart a favorite among audio professionals everywhere. Although the LA-3A plug-in can be used on a wide variety of sources, it's particularly well-suited to bass guitar, drums, and vocals, particularly those requiring a faster attack than the LA-2A.
In studio gear esoterica, the two-channel Fairchild 670 is the 'Holy Grail' of hardware compressors. Universal Audio went to great lengths to capture the unique and sublime sonics of this famous Variable Mu/Tube limiter — while simultaneously eliminating its 65 lb. girth, 14 transformers, 20 vacuum tubes, and $30,000 vintage-market price tag — for our UAD Powered Plug-In version. Modeled on Allen Side's favorite unit from Ocean Way Studios, the Fairchild 670 plug-in incorporates all of the character, warmth and gorgeous midrange of the original hardware unit. For many UAD users, the Fairchild 670 plug-in is a must-have for vocals and pianos. Several new UAD-only features round out this offering, giving the Fairchild 670 Powered Plug-In added flexibility in modern studio settings.
The dbx® 160 Compressor/Limiter is a faithful emulation of the first commercially available VCA compressor, the dbx 160 — still widely considered the best VCA compressor ever made. “VU” is the common nickname for this highly regarded studio staple, famous for its simple control set and firm compression characteristics. The dbx 160 also has unique nonlinearities not found in other VCA compressors, giving it a sonic distinction from later models. If you're looking for a single plug-in to make your drums and rhythm tracks punch, look no further. The fully licensed and endorsed UAD Powered Plug-In version of the dbx 160 captures all of the sonic nuances from our “golden” modeling unit, plus the simple control set of the original hardware, including Threshold, Compression (Ratio) and Output Gain.