Musically fine-tuned,
meticulously re-created.

  • A meticulous model of the Chandler Limited® Germanium Compressor that performs just like the hardware
  • An epic mojo machine: feels almost like a musical instrument, adding color & character to everything
  • Plug-in exclusive features: M/S processing, external sidechain, and more

Dynamics / Console 1 ready

Chandler Limited® Germanium Compressor

USD 199 USD 249
Intro offer ends April 3rd, 2020

A highly versatile mojo machine, capable of replacing multiple plug-ins in a chain – EQ, distortion, transient designer, you name it – the Germanium Compressor is so much more than gain reduction. Engineered with an ear for music before mathematics, this is a trusty companion for producers, recording engineers, and creative musicians of all kinds.

This is a meticulous model of the Chandler Limited® hardware, tested in our lab to ensure it performs like the hardware does, for the same excellent sound quality and inspiring vibe.

 

"The design of the Germanium Compressor was a personal labour of love. I wanted to create a compressor that was both flexible and musical. The Germanium Compressor needed to cover a lot of ground, however, be an instrument in its own right, by which an engineer could tune or play the compressor to create sonically in an artistic way. As the designer of the Germanium Compressor, I feel Softube’s plug-in captures the essence of my intention and with added features takes it into new territory."

Wade Goeke
Founder and Chief Designer, Chandler Limited®

Have a listen

"The Germanium compressor adds a 3rd dimension to anything I put it on. It’s incredibly flexible and really adds great texture to drums and bass."

Dave Schiffman
Producer/Mixer/Engineer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, PUP, The Strumbellas, Jimmy Eat World, Vampire Weekend)

Music first

Everything in the Germanium Compressor is designed with an ear for music first. Ratios, knee settings, and more, are all fine-tuned for use in the real world.

 

Colorful character

The FET gain reduction unit allows for delicious distortion and color. Control the harmonics with a choice of clean or dirty compression.

 

Germanium, Silicon, Zener

Multiple different diode combinations allow for a ton of styles and options.

 

"The Germaniums are my main stereo bus compressor. There's a unique sound about them that I love. I was impressed by how closely Softube was able to match exactly that sound."

Michael Brauer
Mix Engineer (7x Grammy Awards, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, Coldplay)

Unique character

The Germanium Compressor’s unique character comes from a blend of several innovative approaches. The ratio settings are tuned by ear rather than arithmetic. The dial takes you from less to more rather than fixing on especially precise numerical values. And what does it matter as long as it sounds fantastic? Knee settings are similarly artistic, named as they are after the different combinations of diodes which achieve each color of curve.

Clean or dirrrty?

With a FET gain reduction element, the Germanium is capable of fast and heavily-saturating compression. So there’s a choice of clean or dirty compression, toggling between modes which compensate to varying degrees for the harmonic excitement naturally brought about by the unit. It’s never transparent, but you have a lot of control over Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) in this compressor.

And every track this thing touches will benefit from the drive and feedback on output – this is the real secret sauce. A gain circuit which can gently caress a signal as easily as it can sizzle and sear it into submission.

Punchy, creamy... pick your flavor

You also have control over the speed of operation – the attack and release times can be combined to extremely musical effect. Ease off on the attack and the Germanium Compressor becomes a punchy powerhouse for drums. Slow down the release and creamy, smooth tones can be introduced to vocals or bass. Acoustic guitar can be brightened and tightened, or rock axe heated and seated in a dense mix.

Added fun and features

Using the Germanium in software means you can take advantage of features that are exclusive to the plug-in version: Mid/Side Processing and External Sidechain allow you to make better-sounding mixes than ever before.

All the character, the musicality, the fun of the original hardware Germanium Compressor from Chandler Limited® is right here. Whatever flavor of music you’re making, add this sound to the recipe.

Console 1 Ready

This plug-in can be used within Console 1, our mixing ecosystem. Click to learn more.

In short

 

  • A meticulous model of the Chandler Limited® Germanium Compressor that performs just like the hardware
  • Far from just a compressor, it’s a mojo, color and character machine that almost feels like a musical instrument
  • Capable of replacing many other plug-ins used in a chain, like distortion, EQ/filter, compression, and transient designer
  • Perfect for tone shaping, sound tweaking and sound designing when tracking, producing, mixing and, in some cases, even mastering
  • Clean Comp / Dirty Comp settings with the ability to control the Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  • Comp Curve with its unique combination of diodes
  • Attack and Release work in a musical and inspiring way, making an average drum kit go from dull and flat sounding to tight and crisp or to fat with long decay
  • Gain / Germanium Drive and Feedback give you the ability to feedback signal to the input and control the gain the distortion and tone shaping capabilities
  • Unique tones not found in any other compressor – not only in plug-in format, but in general
  • Software-exclusive features: External Sidechain / External sidechain Gain / Mid/Side Processing / In/Out: Left/Mid | Right/Side / Output Gain
  • Console 1-ready: can be used within the Console 1 mixing ecosystem. Learn more.
  • System requirements

    • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested).
    • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10.
    • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
    • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
    • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space. Specific information available on each instrument's page).
    • Softube account.
    • iLok account.
    • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
    • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
    • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
       

    However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

    Please Note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required. Therefore, for example, Pro Tools 10.x is no longer supported (contact support for latest 32-bit compatible instalers).

    Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

    The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

    AAX DSP is not in active development, but older products still support AAX DSP. For legacy TDM/VENUE, please see the Legacy Installers page.

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