Compressors that stood the test of time
UREI®’s fabled 1176 compressor, accurately modelled, and turbo-charged with new features. Famous for its fast attack, huge punch, and versatility.See more info on Comp FET-76
Our very own rendition of DBX®’s classic 165A®, made famous for its treatment of drums, bass, and percussive sound sources.See more info on Comp VCA-65
A perfectly recreated version of the rare tube-powered Gates® STA-Level broadcast compressor. A dream for warming up bass and vocals.See more info on Comp TUBE-STA
Brought alive by the same exclusive TAE® found in our flagship V Collection, our engineers and developers have meticulously analyzed the original hardware to create the best-sounding software compressors ever.
"Don’t all compressors do the same thing?"
Yes, but also no. Confused? Don’t be.
Compressors will all tame louder parts of an audio signal, balancing the dynamics. However, the way they do this, the tone they impart on the signal, and the creative ways they can be pushed vary wildly. That’s why these 3 compressors are so unique, and the reason why legendary engineers and producers used the originals on countless hit records.
Comp FET-76 Demos
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!
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.
Comp VCA-65 Demos
Beauty and the Grit
The Comp VCA-65 characteristic grit, pushed to the extreme, combined with the power of M/S processing, adds strong character to this airy piano track.
Your drum's best friend
Comp VCA-65 is a real prizefighter for drums, adding life and toasty crunch to your drum bus.
Comp TUBE-STA Demos
Vintage glue, still sticking tight
The Comp Tube-STA softens any drum bus. It’s not only about compression, it’s about character!
On this acoustic guitar track, listen how the strumming is nicely fattened while retaining all the attack and details.
These are obviously only examples of what you can do with these amazing compressors, but as you can hear, the results are quite amazing.
Recreating magic with science
Vintage gear just has that “certain something” about it that seems to just make anything sound better.
Our team carefully analyzed the originals, seeing how the each compressor treats incoming audio signals at a component level, and recreated that magic through advanced physical modelling.
The result is, simply put, awesome. 3 Compressors You’ll Actually Use puts 3 of the most coveted, time-honored compressors right in your DAW, so you can use them on whatever you want! Warm up vocals, slam drum room mics, gently limit delicate performances to bring out their subtleties, we’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to.
Interested? Find out more about our modelling technology.
Wow, what an amazing compressor. I can use the FET-76 along with my arsenal of analogue compressors, including two 1176s, to create the exact sound I want, and so easily. I love the FET-76.Steven A Williams
( Producer/Engineer - The Chapel Studios London )
Finally my favourite compressor now in the box. The DBX 165 is the absolute Swiss Army knife for the best drum soundsRiccardo Damian
( Producer )
Arturia have delivered way beyond my expectations with these new models. The depth, character and feeling is amazing.Emre Ramazanoglu
( Engineer / Mixing - Noel Gallagher, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia )
While there are a plethora of vintage gear modeled in the digital realm, the onus tends to be on authenticity. To have that authenticity as well as some very forward-thinking options like the Arturia ones do is really the best the world of modern recording should have to offer. The flexibility that the new compressors from Arturia have with the stereo, dual mono, M/S and sidechain options as well as a global mix control give you so many tonal options that don’t exist in the original units.Billy Bush
Tips & Tricks
No matter how powerful an effect is, if you don’t know how to use the settings, you won’t get the best out of it. Arturia to the rescue!
The presets found within each compressor give you on-screen tips. This lets you quickly understand which parameters to change to achieve the effect you want. Not only that, but we’ve also included some of the favorite settings from notable studio engineers that use this gear on a daily basis. With 3 Compressors You’ll Actually Use, you not only get the sound, feel, and controls of the most dependable, iconic compressors ever, you also get a helping hand from experienced engineers.
As incredible as vintage gear often is, it has its limitations. Fortunately, as we are recreating this legendary hardware in the software domain, we can remove these limits, and expand on their potential.
The compressors in this awesome collection feature many contemporary touches that will really excite modern music makers: “look-ahead” processing to maximize snap, side-chaining for the ultimate pump, and mid-side processing for huge creative control.
- 3 iconic hardware compressors recreated as software effects with exclusive TAE®
- Comp VCA-65
- Comp FET-76
- Comp TUBE-STA
- Get the big studio sound in your own music
- High quality presets from award-winning sound designers.
- Sidechain control and mid-side processing
- Arturia’s State-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling ensures that each analog modeled compressor sounds and behaves exactly like the original.
- Available as VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX for great compatibility.
- Beautiful, incredibly detailed, high-res interfaces.
- Fast, intelligent, tag-based preset browsing.
- : 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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