Neve® 33609 / 33609SE Compressor

Neve® 33609 / 33609SE Compressor


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Get gentle coloration to brickwall limiting for instruments or your mix bus.

Since 1969, the Neve 33609 stereo bus compressor has been a studio mainstay. Its smooth character coupled with its ability to be transparent or extremely colorful have made it a workhorse limiter not only for music production, but also mastering, post, and broadcast applications.

Exclusively licensed by Neve, the 33609 plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces expertly emulates the ultra-musical compression curves and nonlinearities of this legendary limiter. The Neve 33609 plug-in also adds modern workflow enhancements not found on the original hardware, including output and headroom controls, and a link switch for grouped left/right control of all parameters.

Now You Can:

Harness the musical compression and nonlinearities of the Neve 33609 compressor on individual instruments or an entire mix

Punch up a drum bus with colorful compression character or subtly tame transients

Add or enhance dynamics to pianos, background vocals, and strings

Take full advantage of the 33609’s unique personality with useful plug-in-only features

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Neve 33609 Compressor

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      Key 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

      Customer Reviews

      Neve 33609 / 33609SE Compressor

      Overall Rating

      s. yang

      January 27, 2020

      Compressor that is very clean and makes the instrument come alive.

      Compressor that is very clean and makes the instrument come alive.

      My favorite compressors are the SSL G bus compressor, the 1176, LA-2A, and analog tape recorders.

      Nevertheless, I bought the Neve 33609 because it has an impossible replacement.

      It's a very clean and very effective compressor to make the instrument stand out.
      It is especially effective for rhythm instruments.

      Also, if you use it very shallowly for vocals and guitars, you can see the effect very well. (As with all compressors, excessive use can ruin the original source.)

      One of uad's plugins that have been out of date has been a bit unsatisfactory in design, and so is this one. Perfect sound I love you!

      K. hyuck

      January 8, 2020

      best plugins

      best Compressor .
      natural Compressor

      S. Burgan

      January 7, 2020

      Compressor like no other

      Sounds awesome

      k. adjei

      December 31, 2019

      Top top

      Ich wolte es habe es behalte es

      R. Whitney

      December 23, 2019

      Great for Piano

      I purchased this for use on stereo piano, which it brings forward and gives a sense of depth without squashing the attacks, but I've found it to be also great on the 2-buss and mono instruments as well.

      s. matthews

      December 14, 2019

      Good on certain instruments

      I bought this plugin because like most producers I have an addiction to all things neve. I found it to be good on certain instruments like piano, strings and others with a high harmonic content. It smooths them out allowing them to settle in a mix. That’s not to say that you cannot get it slamming and squeezing the life out of your content. I like it. Needless to say you do need a palette of compressors to deal with different content and this compressor is definitely one I’d recommend.

      G. Chan

      December 3, 2019

      I like it!

      Always used for drum mixing

      D. Ferrera

      November 29, 2019

      The essential stereo compressor plugin

      Man, do I love this plugin. I can put this on my mixbuss with the threshold all the way up and with the lowest ratio, and it just adds that extra "oomph" I want out of my track. Also great on piano, drums......and everything else.

      G. Strickland

      October 26, 2019


      This thing works better the harder you push it. Smooth and shiny is what I would call it. I have had it for a year and I don't always have a need for such power but when I do it is incredible. I can only imagine what the hardware must be like... but maybe I don't have to?

      N. Tai

      October 14, 2019



      N. Tai

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      A. Greenwell

      October 5, 2019

      Mix Bus Magic!

      My go-to master bus compressor. Warms and glues the mix together in a very musical way.

      G. ANDREA

      October 1, 2019


      my new favorite drum buss compressor

      J. Gonzalez Romero

      September 16, 2019

      Compresion paralela

      Encantado con él.Hago música house y lo uso para añadir un poco de compresión paralela en el bus del beat y pese a que casi ni se nota, sientes como empuja el ritmo.

      UAD User

      July 17, 2019

      Best Bus Compressor Plugin

      So far it has worked on every mix I put it on, it's also the preferred choice of Andrew Scheps. It just adds that liveliness of hardware breath, barely hitting about 1 to 2 dbs at most. If you want a smoother sound, try SSL G Bus. If you want more aggression, try the Fatso Jr. Highly recommend as a versatile compressor, on drum bus or parallel compression on drums, but it really shines on the mix bus as it was designed for.

      N. Jeremic

      July 13, 2019

      For that big cinematic percussion sound

      You want to make you percussion sound big, snappy and huge without over-compressing them. Just put a 33609 on the percussion bus, and you're all set. :)
      Very smooth and subtle compression. great for working on orchestral stuff that don't need to be compressed too much.

      T. Engel

      July 11, 2019

      Einer für alles....

      Ich nutze den Neve 33609 sehr gerne für fast alles. Überzeugender Klang und viele Möglichkeiten den Kompressor einzustellen, machen das Arbeiten für mich angenehmer. Ich empfehle den Neve 33609 noch vor dem 1176 und dem Teletronix.

      p. garcia

      July 1, 2019

      muy bueno

      muy bueno

      L. Romano

      June 24, 2019

      Drums in your face

      This compressor is great when you need a great drum bus compression

      K. UMEDA

      June 10, 2019

      Great MIX BUSS

      Very musical compressor.
      I can make groove with it.