elysia• alpha compressor Collection
elysia• alpha compressor
Great master compressor
Great for master bus
Just dabbling with mid side and this plugin makes this very simple
I demoed this along with a couple other compressors in the price range, this won, hands down. very transparent, but very powerful. at first, its pretty daunting to look at, but, its laid out logically and you'll get used to it. just put it on your 2 buss, or any instrument buss, and go through the presets(on a orchestral string buss, its amazing). the "mix" version is very nice to have to, but it doesn't save THAT much CPU.
I guess it's "supposed" to be just a mastering tool, but heck, use it wherever you want(I'm glad I have a quad for this one!)
Having only recently got this I am still getting my head around it, but my first impression is it's a fantastic piece of kit that has some really great effects on the dynamics and it is stunning on vocals. I'm using both the mix and mastering version within projects depending on what I am trying do to but it's an impressive tool. I've swapped a number of compressors to this one instead of the Neve 6609 in my projects and achieved some great results followign the swap, although the Neve is also fantastic depending on the sound type. Highly recommend. It's expensive, but there's a reason it is. It's great!
An exceptionally sweet sounding compressor
The Elysia Alpha is one of those special tools that leaves a mix transparent and sweet. i like to flip through presets, watch the changes, and get a sense for how it works. The overall clarity and integrity of this plugin is reminiscent of the natural compression I'd hear in a mastering house. It seems to add subtle detail to a mix. I've used it on a mix bus, and on groups, where it gives an identity to each sound and glues it all together. it shines on a stereo mix because of the way it handles complexities. I'm also using the the Manley Variable Mu, which I like a lot as well, and both offer a choice for various material that I appreciate. Hope this helps.
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 crazy loudness if you want. I feel like remastering all my old mixes. Great plugin!
Superb Mastering Tool
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 worldclass sound into the DAW also for homerecording studios. I`d like to invite you to watch my new music video (http://youtu.be/MJITCIsagU0), which offers the possibility to see most of UAD-Plugs in action.
Greetings from Germany
My Go-To Plugin for Mastering
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 especially thankful for the ability to test low compression ratios in the preset options. These can be tricky to get right. The Elysia Alpha makes it easy. The soft clip and fast forward options on the plugin give great flexibility in achieving the sound I want in a final mix. The Elysia Alpha immediately became my go-to plug in. Can’t live without it!
Exquisite, especially for mastering
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 a phenomenal compressor, capable of giving a group buss or mix buss the right amount of dynamic control to pull the mix together. Add the Mid Side option, the side chain and Niveau Filter (similar to the Tonelux Tilt) and you've got one powerful and versatile weapon capable of a wide range of tasks.
A nice selection of starting presets are provided, with descriptions, and a few cool presets like UberWide.
Truly a 'desert island' compressor.
Transparent, versatile and overall awesome
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 use. My only criticism would be that the soft clip is harsh on mix buss and not usable INHO, but I would not be placing it at that point in a buss chain anyhow. Soft clip did work well on drums and dynamic material. I am a full time professional studio owner FYI. Not that my opinion is more valid than other's, but when I read these reviews it sometimes sounds like there are people who are 2 days out of recording school...
Great plugin but....
You can buy the native elysia alpha compressor plugin for $170 less!!! WTF??????? Wish I didn't just pay $299 for it!
Not so sure it was worth what I paid for it. Consumes lots of resources. Probably shouldn't have.
Une autre approche de la compession
Le plug a pour moi +sieurs atouts très musicaux
Le mode m/s juxtaposé au ciblage de fréquences permet facilement de travailler un master sous différents angles.
En mix l'alpha permet également une approche différente de ce que je trouve habituellement dans les comp "typés & vintage"
Vu ce que délivre le soft, le hardware doit être très impressionnant.
I use since 4years this compressor on every mix but since one year this plugin crash my session. My sessions freeze and i can't do anything . just force to quit protools or ableton .
When i put other buss compressor i don't have this problem .
This freeze is more important with alpha mix ..so i can't use it !! :-(
Problem is the same with plugin alliance version
My use last uad version with uad quad, i have protools 10, and i don't use all my cpu !!
Awesome for mastering and also for mixing
It’s a great plugin, very transparent compression or you can make it very aggressive and mixed with the mix knob, In mid/side it works great it has all the features you need for a great compression results.
Great Compressor, but Instance Count is Disappointing
After demoing every available compressor, I selected this one. Audio quality is five-star. Unfortunately, when run at 48kHz (instead of 44.1k), the instance count drops by one third (16 instead of 24 on a single Octo or 32 instead of 48 on two Octos). No other plugin I tried (and I tried MANY) suffered this problem at 48k as opposed to 44.1k. In fact, every other plugin I tried can run the same number of instances at 48k as it can at 44.1k.
Also, at 48k using the reduced max number of Alpha plugins, the DSP meter tops out at 68% (per chip) before no other plugins (of any type or size) can be loaded. Every other plugin I tried allows up to 100% DSP (with the same instance count as 44.1k). With the Alpha, your available instance count AND your available DSP drop by 33% at 48k.
I can understand a drop in instance count going from 41.1k to 48k; but a 33% drop is excessive and atypical (and perhaps unique) for a UA plugin. Demo it yourself. The audio performance can't be beat. But, before you purchase, know that the number of instances will dramatically drop if you use 48k or higher.
Don't let it fool you !
I tried almost EVERY compressor out and this..... adds the power and loudness but doesn't peg my needles,.but when I add volume with the others it pegs my needles and I don't get the power as I do with this one!! Love it!
TRANSPARENTE Y SUAVEMENTE DULCE.
Es un compresor de una claridad excepcional,con agradable brillo, pegando toda la mezcla con una calidad que tus oídos reconocerán y agradecerán.
I use plug-ins but I am definitely a hardware loyalist. With that said, I bought this plug-in to see why this compressor has a $10k list price. I never thought I would say this, but I LOVE THIS COMPRESSOR as much as I LOVE THE LA2A.
For mastering, there is no task that this plug-in isn't GREAT for. It can even work as a great EQ! Couple that with mid-side processing & before you realize it, it becomes your go-to comp. With the right settings, this "sexy beast" will give you a leg up on the "loudness war" without compromising the program material & still gives that mastering "sheen" that every project desires. Definitely 1 of my top 10 favorite plug-ins of ALL TIME. UA, yall did it again.
it´s so subtile, sometimes it becomes obsolete.
But it can give you the 2dB more RMS that otherwise are hard to acieve.
299 is way to much, i got mine during a special offer so i can´t complain.
Some interesting features but at the moment im not that impressed.
Test it, if it fits, use it. Sounds delicate and that is not my favorite because delicate compression is no art, any compressor can do that.
nice top end
its nice, has a great sound but its not essential