People often say the 1176 “just makes things sound better”, but how does it do it? Our engineers carefully analyzed and modelled every component, electronics nuance, and quirk in the data of an original D/E model to find out, and recreate it as software. The combination of the Field Effect Transistor, the “Class A” amplifier, and its unique design imparts a subtle, but very desirable tonal change even at very low compression levels. Crank the input, patch in higher ratio, or even go “all in”, and that FET magic really comes alive. We didn’t simply create a software clone, we created a truly modern compressor with updated features, but featuring the same legendary sound.
A fantastic all-rounder for both compressing and heating up your tone, Comp FET-76 is a must-have plugin.
What’s so special about Comp FET-76?
The perfect vocal compressor
The Comp FET-76 characteristic tone imparts an interesting flavor to this live acoustic guitar and vocal track.
Backing vocal control
It’s easy to use, and super effective. Keep everything under control, and make mixing a piece of cake.
Discover the power of Arturia’s Advanced Side-chain panel with this rythmic track. The Chord movement is triggered by the 808 Kick, while the original FET-76 tone colors the rhythm section.
Add unique tone
“All buttons” ratio mode nicely blended with the original track using the included Mix parallel compression. The kick is also preserved using the Side chain High Pass Filter.
Saturated “all in” mode
Want to spice up a drum loop with analog saturation? Easy! Go “all in”, push the famed “All Buttons” ratio mode, and enjoy!
Subtle when needed
Using a little bit of Side-chain EQ and Time Warp snap, this acoustic guitar has its low-mid spectrum under control using the FET-76.
While a rack full of hardware FET compressors is a dream setup for many, that sort of setup is confined to only the world’s top studios. However, thanks to Arturia’s award-winning skill and heritage of breathing new life into vintage equipment, and reimagining it as software, you can now live out your fantasies, and make the famous 1176 sound part of your creative setup.
All of the tone, all of the dynamic-shaping power, but with the convenience and versatility of software.
A legend reborn for the 21st century
While there’s no doubt the original hardware FET compressor is practically faultless, we couldn’t help but imagine what modern production tricks we could conjure from it.
One of the benefits of recreating a classic is that we have been able to add some subtle but powerful new features that truly make this a compressor fit for the modern studio, without altering its legendary tone.
The top panel of the interface gives you access to all of the original controls. You can click to expand the plugin to and access its advanced, new features.
Rather than the now standard “threshold” parameter, the original hardware compressor made you crank the input to engage the effect. This will obviously give you volume boosts and alter levels in your mix, but you can simply hit the “link” button to keep volume levelled as you boost the input, so you get compressed sound with steady volume.
Advanced Sidechain Control
Ever wondered what sidechaining a legendary FET compressor would sound like? Spoilers: it sounds awesome. The advanced panel gives you access to contemporary sidechain controls with SSL-style EQ, as well as mid-side processing so you can carve exactly the sound you want to control the compressor.
Let’s do the Time Warp
Because we’re working in the digital domain, it’s easy to introduce a couple of milliseconds of pre-delay without you even noticing. The “Time Warp” function lets you take advantage of this, so you can get creative with your placement of the compression envelope as it engages and releases. This is a dream come true for experimental producers and sound designers!
Can’t wait to try it out on your own music? You can do it right now. Comp FET-76 is available as a time-limited trial. Load it up, and explore this reborn legend for yourself.
Half a century of hit-making tone,
right in your DAW
Push hard for that saturated, soft-clipping sound that cuts through any mix; get the tonal balance just right at the input stage; add vintage analog warmth in your mastering chain; use the in-built mid/side processing to enhance your whole mix.
Compatible with all major DAWs, now you too can enjoy the harmonic push, subtle overtones, and tone-shaping power of the most iconic studio gear ever made.
- Virtual recreation of famed classic FET compressor
- Original electronic path accurately modeled, including FET, transformers and transistors, using Arturia’s state-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling
- Original ultra fast attack & release parameters down to 20 microseconds
- "All Buttons" British mode ratio for explosive sound
- Additional Arturia's creative side-chain features:
- External side-chain source to trigger the compressor to an external source
- 5 creative detection mode, including M/S processing
- Time warp function with look ahead or delay added to your side-chain path
- Advanced Side-chain EQ
- Compression range parameter to limit the amount of gain reduction applied, with 0dB position for FET-76 with no compression/distorsion only sound
- Monitor Side-chain signal directly
- Dry/wet Mix knob for parallel compression
- Input-Output gain link switch
- Switchable Analog VU meter with 3 calibrations mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
- Analog clipping LED indicator
- Comprehensive set of presets
- A/B comparison setting
- Integrated tutorials and unique dynamic preset tips
- Resizable window
- State-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling
- : Win 7+ PC: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- : 10.10+: 4 GB RAM; 2 GHz CPU.
1GB free hard disk space
OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
VST 2.4 (64-bit), VST 3 (64-bit), AAX (64 bits with PT 11), Audio Unit (64-bit), NKS* (64-bit DAWs only).
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