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Customer Reviews

FATSO™ Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor

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R. Barreto

December 5, 2023


Indispensable pour la batterie

R. Barreto

December 5, 2023


Indispensable pour la batterie

D. Nacrur

December 4, 2023

Rich harmonics, weight and presence. Versatile!

It's a plugin that makes a difference. It has a good emulation of an adjustable transformer (It's good, but it doesn't have the same effect as a real transformer). It offers an interesting feature to soften the highs - from attenuating digital highs to emulating a vintage sound, with exaggeratedly soft highs. The compressor is good, both in terms of sound and audio behavior. But don't buy it if you want to emulate magnetic tape sound. It offers saturation with great harmonics, but it's different. I've never had the real thing, but I really like this plugin. Without a doubt, it is one of those great-sounding plugins that offers the most features in the same product. A little difficult to understand at first, but once you learn each function and get practice, it is a practical and versatile tool. I recommend!

Š. Kominko

November 15, 2023

Veľmi užitočný

Znie to výborné.

M. Sudhakar

October 14, 2023

All Time Classic

This Plugin needs to be in every good Vocal-Chain!

R. Juniel

October 5, 2023

Quality at your fingertips

This is an Awesome piece of art plug-in give you the perfect sound you’re looking for!

R. Evans

July 22, 2023

Gooey Goodness

I love this plug in. Works on everything, great on the mix bus, suble harmonics to crunch, very fun to experiment with on all kinds of different sources.

W. Manke

July 14, 2023

Hear more detail

Zoom then enhance, do it again until the sounds are killer.

J. Mateo

June 28, 2023


This is one of the best saturation and color tools I have ever used. It's even better than the oxford inflator , (and I own the UAD and Native version of that)
If you need a color plugin buy this it's amazing. I really really really hope this gets ported to spark because once it's in I won't ever look back.

p. mitchem

June 21, 2023


warm, clean, dirty, full. rich, UA nailed it

p. mitchem

June 21, 2023


warm, clean, dirty, full. rich, UA nailed it

E. Peterson

April 27, 2023

So fat so long distressor

My go to compressor for most things. Fat and squishy plus a little delay is heavenly goodness. Just wow.

B. Dial

April 14, 2023

Great sound

Only negative I have for this plug in is that the GUI needs an update,IE make the plug in resizable! The Jr model is extremely small.

C. Lee

March 5, 2023

Very Fat & Fairly Faithful

The FATSO does a lot more than it gets credit for, and although it doesn’t sound quite like tape, it softens, glues, and fattens tracks nicely.

When comparing the plugin to my hardware, I found them to behave very similarly with the exception of the plugin’s transformer emulation. In this regard, the plugin is a bit heavier handed, and the transformer-induced harmonics sound somewhat over exaggerated.

Still, it does the thing, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use the UAD FATSO on a mix.

This plugin is due for a UI update.

D. Myrick

March 1, 2023


I started using the Fatso sometime around 2002, no remorse switching over to this plugin in its place

W. Boogaard

February 14, 2023

Easy in use

Works great with drums

R. Vargas

January 24, 2023


Been lusting after this for YEARS but never thought I could justify the purchase because of other saturation plug-ins I’ve accumulated. Finally circled back to this years later and it still makes me grin.

Tag it. Bag it.

M. Avery

December 28, 2022

Classic sound

Classic saturation sound, fantastic on overheads for high end transient control and great as a parallel drum smash bus as well!

C. Aguila

December 23, 2022

Difference Maker

My go to for bass period !!!!!

B. Sand

December 20, 2022


Outdated plug-in that UA knows is not compatible with modern screen resolutions. Their guidance after paying for an expensive plug-in is that all users should change their screen resolution because they can’t be bothered to update the gui or make a plug-in resizable. The new plugins like distressor don’t have the problem because they are built for modern resolutions. Avoid buying older UA plugins. When you contact customer service, Greg will not help.

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