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.
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)
July 30, 2022
Really adds a warmth.Read More
July 28, 2022
Great on drums
Mainly bought this to add fatness to my drums, would recommend!Read More
July 14, 2022
I didn't realize I needed it. I use it whenever I want to fatten up any source or bus. I use it both to add saturation, and also as a compressor. Love it....Read More
F. Guerrero Miranda
June 22, 2022
A great complement to give a great color to the tracks.Read More
June 14, 2022
I tried a real FATSO at NAMM and the tone it adds to any source or mix is incredible. I do hope UA updates the plugin like they did with the Distressor, but don't let that stop you from...Read More
April 27, 2022
Best crush plugin!
After seen Vance Powell and Scheps use this I finally got to try it out myself, now I can't stop using 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
Really adds a warmth.
Great on drums
Mainly bought this to add fatness to my drums, would recommend!
I didn't realize I needed it. I use it whenever I want to fatten up any source or bus. I use it both to add saturation, and also as a compressor. Love it.
F. Guerrero Miranda
A great complement to give a great color to the tracks.
I tried a real FATSO at NAMM and the tone it adds to any source or mix is incredible. I do hope UA updates the plugin like they did with the Distressor, but don't let that stop you from using this while tracking or throwing on an entire mix.
Best crush plugin!
After seen Vance Powell and Scheps use this I finally got to try it out myself, now I can't stop using it!
Great on low end material. Appreciate software only addition. Essential
If you want to highlight vocals or drums, then FATSO is the best plugin!!! I recommend it!
Sounds exactly how it should
Everything sounds better with a lil fatso on top
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.