Mono printing from any of our analog compressors! Stereo is available as well but just with the Alan Smart C2 SSL compressor. Since using compression requires listening on the spot, our engineers will always adjust them to taste to best fit your mix. Learn more about each compressor options below!
Tube Tech CL1A
Made by Tube-Tech, a single channel tube-based hardware outboard compressor. Tube-Tech CL1a is an extremely impressive, beautiful and clean-sounding compressor when used with care. It’s high-frequency lift and subtle colouration are very useable and well-suited to intimate lead vocal duties. Great on all instruments but shines on vocals!
The UREI 1176 is an extremely versatile dynamics processor yet quite intuitive to use. It excels on vocals, drums, guitars, and just about everything else, imparting a biting presence that gives great definition.
Characterised by a big, clear and open sound, yet it also happily contribute a degree of bite and grit when pushed hard. Choose "All Buttons In" for an extreme kick!
Summit Audio TLA-100A
Based on the famous LA-2A, the Summit Audio TLA-100A has the smooth sound of an optical compressor, but is capable of the much faster attack times required for taming fast transients found in source material such as vocals, bass, and drums.
This classic compressor is all about gentle and natural sounding gain reduction. It effortlessly keeps your material's dynamics controlled without ever strangling the sound. Amazing on bass especially!
Warm Audio WA76
The Warm Audio WA76 Limiting Amplifier offers up vintage tones in a modern box. From subtle transient shaping on a bass guitar, to explosive limiting on drum room mic, it's perfect for the 1176 style sound with it's own twist!
Seventh Circle Audio B16 (DBX Compressor)
The SCA B16 is a compressor in the style of a DBX! Great VCA compressor with a Nickel Transformer for maximum accuracy and pure tone. Great on Vocals and guitars and for both subtle tracking compression or slamming stuff. One of the cleaner and more neutral compressors of the bunch here.
Alan Smart C2 SSL Stereo Compressor
The perfect mix bus compressor! The characteristic sound of this unit arises mostly from the fast response at the onset of compression, which when delayed to occur around the mid range attack settings (after 0.3 to 3 milliseconds) results in a window through which transients can still pass. When used across a mix this has the effect of adding 'punch', as the sidechain 'breathes' around these transients. Perfect replica of the SSL sound!
Empirical Labs EL8-X Distressor
The Distressor offers a warm, vintage sound by using a custom designed gain control circuit. The “warmth” or “vintage sounds” has brought realization to people that this coloring can be extremely pleasant and musical as compared to digital technology that is often referred to as “cold” and “brittle”. At the same time it's a very modern compressor used across all genres of music today and is capable of doing many different styles of compression. Choose "British Mode" for some really heavy compression!
SPL Transient Designer
While not technically a compressor, the Transient Designer allows transients to be accelerated or slowed down and sustain prolonged or shortened. With the ability to control the attack and decay of just about anything coming in, it permits greater control of the attitude and character of what it is that is recording or recorded. Very powerful!
Ratio (1176, Distressor, WA76 & C2 ONLY)
For SPL Transient Designer ONLY