Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor

Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor


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Classic VCA tones with modern specs.

Dubbed "The Mercedes of VCA compressors" the Vertigo VSC-2 Quad Discrete Compressor was Vertigo Sound’s very first product, putting the German company on the map with its genius juxtaposition of vintage sonics and high-tech design.

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is an exhaustive emulation of this modern classic — right down to its four hand-built discrete VCAs — delivering legendary compression textures with a modern signal path and controls.

Now You Can:

Track and mix with the classic VCA compression combined with a modern mastering-grade signal path

Add musical-sounding compression character to your tracks

Dial-up precise punch on instrument buses without sounding dull or nasty, even when the unit is pushed hard

Tame dynamics with an inaudible start to compression with Soft mode

Cut off signal peaks using the natural sounding Brick mode

Use the Sidechain filters (60 Hz or 90 Hz) to prevent pumping bass frequencies when using extreme compression

Key Features

Faithful recreation of the Vertigo VSC-2's all-discrete VCA compressor circuitry with the same tonal flexibility as the original, authenticated by Vertigo Sound
Provides the rich tonal characteristics of classic compressors with modern mastering-grade audio specifications
Select the unique Soft mode for a threshold-related ratio that automatically increases with higher input signal
Use Brick mode to operate the VSC-2 as a limiter, effectively cutting off signal peaks
Sidechain high pass filters are provided to reduce the compressor's response to low frequencies
Dual mono as well as linked stereo modes; perfect phase coherence is maintained between channels in stereo
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor

Overall Rating

(47 reviews)

O. Hild

December 15, 2015


Def feel like people don't talk about this one much since it seems such a boutique piece in hardware world... but it definitely makes me want to check out the hardware. Took a chance on it based on other reviews I had read... thinking all along, do I really need another compressor plugin? Wanted to add some flavors for buss duties tho. Man I am glad I did! This thing KILLS on drums bus. And also master bus. But the jaw dropping came with drums for sure. I shot it out next to every other compressor I could throw at it - SSL G, API 2500, Fairchild, 1176's, mpressor, MJUC, Neve 33609/2254... none had the clarity and mid presence this thing packed. I could get a similar punch from an API 2500 if I tweaked it A LOT... but this was set & forget!

D. Weal

December 5, 2015

Best compressor.

Best compressor that I have found for an Electro House Kick Drum!!!

P. Galaura

September 11, 2015

Rocks the 2 Buss!!!

I heard the hardware version, this is so close, it is imperceptible. And so purchased it and am a very happy camper. Thank you!!!

J. Lane

January 5, 2015

This compressor is worth it

In UA's latest release, The Manley Veri-Mu is at the forefront (which I don't know why) but I have to say that while registering my Octo Satellite and picking 3 plugins, this was one of them. It's not super exciting getting a compressor over reverbs and delays but this blows the Veri-Mu out of the water hands down. Put this on the drum bus and you'll see what I mean. It doesn't distort super hard and is a very musical compressor. I already own other UA compressors but this is my favorite so far. This, the Neve 33609, 1176 mk II's the Fatso and the Summit TLA is all you'll need. More people need to look into this plugin. cheers!

L. Icard

November 18, 2014


I've never used this piece before but it ads a nice grit and character depending on the threshold/attack/makeup gain settings.

I wish I hadnt bought the ssl bus compressor so soon, you can use this compressor on pretty much any style of music.

The brick wall setting is nice for parallel channels!

P. Moshay

November 14, 2014

Glad i got to try this finally

I'd never tried this piece before and I'm so glad UA put it in the collection..... its a great way to get character that isn't in any other compressor I've used.

M. Trujillo

December 1, 2014

One of my favorite non-UAD compressors

I've had the plug in alliance version of this compressor for a while now and LOVE it. Probably my favorite non-UAD compressor out there. I highly recommend it. Sounds fantastic on snare, can be punchy or smooth, etc. Not sure WHY UA issues plug ins that have Native versions. Makes no sense. But if for some reason you want to run it on the UAD platform instead of using it Native (I can't imagine a situation in which that would ever occur -- I'd use the Fatso before using this) go for it.

G. Piazza

November 11, 2014

Smooth and Sweet

I bought the Native version a year ago. At first I did not like it, then I had a revelation experience in a Mastering session. There is a smooth polished sound, yet it can add a hint of grit when cranking the Make-Up Gain. I have since used it on several tracks with great results. The high-pass side chain filters reduce pumping more than the frequencies imply, the softer ratios are unobtrusive and the sound is deep, wide and sweet. Much better than the SSL Buss Comp.
My only complaint is the price. Wait for the plugin-alliance or UAD Christmas sale.

F. Pilz

November 13, 2014


I was waiting for UAD to offer the of the best sounding compressors.
Just a little bit proud that this original company is around the corner :-)

A. Warren

April 30, 2019

This is one of the best.

I came across this blue beasty while looking for something to master with.
I now use it on loads of stuff. Simple and effective.

A. Heinzelmann

March 31, 2019

Must have plugin

This VSC-2 Compressor Plugin is very impressive on allmost every Solo Channel or Mix Bus. It is also very usefull in the mastering chain. The very clear Sound and the compression can be like a Punch or very subtile. For me, it´s a MUST HAVE.

T. Mai

March 8, 2019

The king

when that records hits #1 the hardware of this compressor will def be in my studio.

T. Mai

March 6, 2019

I am not surprised

Vertigo Sounds makes serious gear.. we are lucky to be in a time where plugins almost sounds identical to the hardware.

i. sözüer

December 9, 2018


The VSC-2 has its own noble restrained character. Showing its strengths, both when editing subgroups and single tracks, is also very well suited for mastering. If you are looking for a noble VCA compressor, you should have it, worth every penny

康. 荒金

May 16, 2018

great comp

this is amazing
let's double assine this!

i. karagiannakis

July 9, 2017

VSC-2 Compressor

powerful compressor i love it

m. jackson

May 2, 2017

Very Good Overall

Smooth and subtle....really good for a lot of tasks....a solid workhorse....Doesn't have a super special sound or flavor, so hence the 3 stars....but it does a lot of things well.

R. Gun

February 24, 2017


Oh if only i didn´t own so much other bus compressors. I would throw them all away an buy this one and only.

J. Gago

January 5, 2017

Best compressor. Hands Down!

I don't usually write reviews if not at all, but this compressor deserves it hands down. This is definitely my new favorite and in my opinion, not many 3rd compressors are close to beating this. Dare you to A/B you'll hear the awesome flavor this compressor adds when glueing your mix.

n. mendez

December 17, 2016

Your True Blue Compressor

I had Purchased this Before UAD added it on its arsonal Collection, Though no one really wants to invest twice for the same Plugin but in this case it is beneficial because the native version is a CPU hog and UAD was the solution..To bad UAD does not have a transition program in which you can take any legit program they later added and after verifying they either give you a super discount or give a coupon deduction...But about the Compressor,Get it,I love it's specific tone shaping character is kick ass.. put it together with the satellite saturation plug and your mix will be thick and pumping..