UAD 9.10.0 update brings rare UA 175B/176 tube comps & DSP pairing

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Universal Audio released version 9.10.0 of its UAD software & plug-ins. The update spans a pair of rare tube compressors, enhancements to Apollo functionality and a hefty number of bug fixes. Universal Audio 175B & 176 compressors hit the mix Masterminded by UA founder Bill Putnam Sr., the 175B and 176 all-tube compressors appeared in […]

Universal Audio pays tribute to Bill Putnam Sr. with two compressor plug-ins

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Universal Audio has released a v9.10 software update, and with it, plug-in emulations of the 175B and 176 tube compressors. The original hardware units belonged to UA founder Bill Putnam Sr., and were used on recordings by The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and more. Manufactured in the early 60s, the 175B and 176 […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Audioscape Engineering makes affordable Gates-style vocal compressor, the V-Comp

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Audioscape Engineering has launched the V-Comp, a vocal compressor inspired by the famed Gates Sta-Level. Although largely similar in specs to the original, the V-Comp has a slight twist: faster recovery times. Turning the recovery time knob towards the ‘faster’ region gets you breathy, pumpy vocals in the style of The Beatles. Taking this same […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Bettermaker’s DAW-controlled compressors have three analogue flavours

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Polish pro audio brand Bettermaker, founded by DJ/producer Marek Walaszek, has been on a mission in recent years to bring DAW control to analogue mastering. With its latest releases, the Bus Compressor and Mastering Compressor, the mastering chain is now complete. The new compressors are both stereo and offer three types of compression circuit – […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Black Lion Audio’s B172A rack unit combines an 1176 and a LA-2A

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Black Lion Audio (BLA) has pulled the curtains back on B172A, a rack unit that combines two compression staples – the 1176 and LA-2A – that have been studio favourites for decades. B172A’s 1176-style compression takes its cues from BLA’s popular Seventeen F.E.T compressor. The LA-2A, which is responsible for optical compression, gets its flavour […]

Summer NAMM 2019 Video: Black Lion Bluey recreates CLA’s 1176 for $799

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Chris Lord-Alge is one of the biggest names in mixing, and the compressor he’s used on 15,000 vocals is unique. The compressor in question is a Urei 1176 Rev 1 that, over the years, has been fixed and modded by various maintenance technicians. Now, you too can have access to Chris Lord-Alge’s vocal compressor of […]

Review: OTO Machines BOUM

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      Price £449/$565/€462 Contact OTO Machines BOUM, from France’s OTO Machines, is a hardware compressor/saturator/filter (or ‘analogue stereo warming unit’ as described on the company’s website) that appears to have something to offer producers of all types. For hardware-based musicians, especially those playing live, a bunch of synths and groove boxes going through […]

Versatile sidechaining is key to Suonobuono’s nABC compressor

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Suonobuono has launched a Kickstarter campaign for nABC, an analogue compressor with a host of convenient sidechain triggering options. Traditional compressors can be triggered via a sidechain – i.e. a signal other than the input – but this requires additional routing. This ‘trigger’ signal is also ordinarily audio. Common uses include ducking synths with a […]