FATSO™ Jr. / Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor
Get the rich sound of magnetic tape, class A transformers, and tube circuits.
Able to warmly burnish frequencies and transients, or crush them with thick saturation, the FATSO Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces exhaustively emulates the iconic, industry standard Empirical Labs hardware.
Used by legendary engineers Ed Cherney, Al Schmitt, and Brendan O'Brien, the FATSO can also increase the apparent volume of your source material. The FATSO plug-in is officially endorsed and scrutinized for accuracy by its designer, Dave Derr.
Now You Can
Inject your tracks and mixes with the warm, musical qualities of magnetic tape, tubes, and class A transformers
Lightly color, or destroy, drums, vocals, and more with tube and tape saturation
Harness “plug-in only” Tranny Saturation, Sidechain Filtering, and Stereo/Mono controls
Dial-in a wealth of analog textures with Warmth and Spank controls
Powered Plug-In Overview
FATSO Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor plug-in
Go From Tame — to Trashed
The FATSO plug-in offers a wide palette of possibilities for adding fat analog character and cohesiveness to your DAW tracks. It’s also a creative tool, able to add varying degrees of saturation — from subtle to severe — on any source. The FATSO's Input control lets you dial in shades of harmonic generation and distortion, while the Tranny and Warmth features provide varying amounts of of tape and tube tone.
Plug-In Only Features
The FATSO plug-in’s versatility is greatly expanded with the addition of Dave Derr's custom mods. The FATSO Sr. offers a “Tranny” saturation control, Sidechain Filtering and deeper compression parameters including Threshold, Attack and Release. These special FATSO Sr. mods are only available with the UAD Powered Plug-In version of this essential studio tool.
“The Fatso is our secret weapon for warming up abrasive soft synths.”
– The Glitch Mob
“The FATSO is a 'must own' UAD plug-in. I love it on the kick and bass tracks. It's also amazing in the master buss chain.”
– Ivan Barias (Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Estelle)
“The UAD FATSO really brings back the bottom-end warmth to a vocal that's lost its way.”
– Dean Coleman
“When you need something to really punch but still have warmth, the UAD FATSO is my weapon of choice.”
– Richard Devine
“The UAD FATSO is my favorite tool for warming up guitars and bringing out harmonic content.”
– Billy Bush (Garbage)
January 13, 2022
Does what it says on the tin, makes stuff fatter! Awesome!Read More
December 27, 2021
Not as close as the distressor is to the real thing but still pretty good. Can’t go wrong with Empirical Labs emulations from UAD....Read More
December 20, 2021
Fat!!! Wahoo! Every time I get a new UAD plug it’s my current favorite! The hits just keep on coming!Read More
December 17, 2021
Very DSP Hungry.....
...specially on stereo track but worth every penny nonetheless! What a great plugin this is, very unique sounding.Read More
December 11, 2021
a must have plugin for any amp simulater or harsh materialRead More
November 7, 2021
FATSO for all
Great! Goes for drums, bass, guitars, everything, even the mixbus ! Love it for parallel compression. Quite heavy on cpu though but it’s worth it.Read More
Recreates the warm, musical qualities of magnetic recording tape, tubes, and class A transformers
Licensed and endorsed by Empirical Labs, created by Universal Audio
Clipping, Warmth, Tranny, and Compression Select allow for a wide variety of analog tonal shaping possibilities
Additional UAD plug-in exclusive, FATSO Sr., provides original concept developed by Empirical Labs’ Dave Derr
FATSO Sr. features include Tranny Saturation, Sidechain Filtering plus Threshold, Attack, and Release
Stereo or Mono operation with independent Left/Right controls
FATSO™ Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor
Does what it says on the tin, makes stuff fatter! Awesome!
Not as close as the distressor is to the real thing but still pretty good. Can’t go wrong with Empirical Labs emulations from UAD.
Fat!!! Wahoo! Every time I get a new UAD plug it’s my current favorite! The hits just keep on coming!
Very DSP Hungry.....
...specially on stereo track but worth every penny nonetheless! What a great plugin this is, very unique sounding.
a must have plugin for any amp simulater or harsh material
FATSO for all
Great! Goes for drums, bass, guitars, everything, even the mixbus ! Love it for parallel compression. Quite heavy on cpu though but it’s worth it.
This is really good!
Very expensive on DSP so I only use it when I have to. This might be the best plugin UAD do!
There are various compressors, but it feels good to work.
C’est gras, c’est gros, ça porte bien son nom
Je l’ai testé sur des groupes et bus master, c’est une petite diablerie, ça a du punch, belles rondeurs, bien dosé c’est discret et ça apporte énormément
In one word: Wow
Became my go to Parallel comp for voc,
And when I combine it with the Chandler Zener it’s a F****** beast!
Sounds good, looks bad
I feel that the GUI for this plugin is awkward and too small. Much less friendly to use than the Distressor plugin, and obviously much clumsier than the hardware version.
BAM! It works.
It works great and feels just like the real thing.
Very Flexible Way To Get A FATSO
With the price of a Fatso why not try the plugin?
You'll be glad you did.
Love what it can do on a drum bus or even a master bus, flexible routing allows you to take off a little in multiple places or thrash hard in on place to fit what you are after.
Happy with this purchase for sure.
I have a jr on almost every track. This plug makes anything sound “better”!!!!
I use it mainly for parallel bus processing, great for giving some warmth to vocals
Simply Fantastic !!!
Good for bass and kick!!
It is so good for bass and kick!!
Very good sounding!
Good distorted compression!
I use it on the voice and a little bit on the whole. It is a plug in to buy absolutely.
Seriously. Just buy it. It sounds amazing on just about anything. I've been using it on a parallel drum bus (a'la Andrew Scheps) and on my 2mix as well and it really adds that weight we're all looking for. If I had more DSP available I'd probably be using it a lot more. Watch out for that Warmth circuit though, you keep pushing the button because man it feels good but suddenly it's wayyy too much.