One of the most iconic compressors of all time.

  • Meticulously modeled analog compressor. Each single stage of the analog unit has been modeled separately to achieve the exact sound and behavior of the original analog unit
  • Sweet input and output stage distortion
  • Modeled 'All buttons in' mode



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FET Compressor

USD 199


The FET Compressor is an impressively faithful modeling of a device loved for its aggressiveness and its tendency to add some tasty distortion to the sound source when driven hard.

This compressor loves to be slammed and abused. But few things are so good they can't be improved, so we added a couple of nice features that makes it even more flexible than the hardware original.


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"Softube is so good, after using the products the first time, I could speak French. Mainly because I kept saying: Pardon my French, but these plug-ins are f**king unbelievable! The FET Compressor in particular is probably the warmest, fattest compressor plug-in on the market."

Tony Shepperd
Madonna, Whitney Houston, Back Street Boys

A timeless classic

FET Compressor is sonically true to the original with all the fixed ratio settings from the initial hardware, including the famous all-buttons-in setting.


Adapted for the digital age

We have added some modern-day features that make it even more flexible than the hardware original. External sidechain with low cut, parallel blending, and more.


Convenient usage

Use it to bring up the crack of the transients of a drum kit, or get vocals tight and upfront with a bit of nice grit.



This product supports
Extended Features

We love VU meters, Bakelite knobs, and analog quirks. But we want modern precision and workflow. The answer? Softube Extended Features. Easy-access panels with the innovations you need close at hand


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"The FET Compressor from Softube is an all-around winner here at my Tones 4 $ Studios. It performs amazing on bass guitar, snare drums and the best, so far, on lead vocals!"

Barry Rudolph
Contributing editor for MIX Magazine and 'New Toys' columnist for L.A.'s Music Connection Magazine

Punch and crunch

In general, the FET Compressor can be used for deeper gain reduction than you would normally use with any compressor. The reason is that even at extreme settings, the FET Compressor shows no trace of the pinched sound many other compressors make when you push them hard. This ability for strict gain control is not least useful on lead vocal tracks that need to be kept in the listener's face. The distortion also adds a nice grit to the voice, highly useable in rock mixes but in no way limited to that.

A studio essential

A natural function of the FET Compressor is in drum mixing. Engineers love to use the FET on room microphones, overheads, or across the entire drum bus. Used in this way, the FET Compressor reveals a large, explosive sound in the vein of Led Zeppelin. Parallel compression is also a useful technique here so we added the Parallel Inject control to facilitate that application. Want to reduce kick drum pumping or let the bass guitar's low-end bloom? We gave you the sidechain filter for that.

Console 1 Ready

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

In short

  • Sweet input and output stage distortion.
  • Super fast attack time (just like the original).
  • Lookahead (in case you don't find the original's attack time fast enough).
  • Modeled 'All buttons in' mode.
  • Continuous ratio (even between 20:1 and ALL) — but if you want the fixed ratios of the original, just click the ratio labels around the knob.
  • Parallel compression.
  • Detector low and high cut filters.
  • External side chain.
  • Stereo with synchronized gain reduction.
  • Very CPU friendly.
  • Meticiously modeled analog compressor. Each single stage of the analog unit has been modeled separately to achieve the exact sound and behavior of the original analog unit.
  • System requirements

    • macOS 10.15 Catalina, Big Sur 11, Monterey 12   
    • Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 11  
    • Softube account 
    • iLok account   
    • Computer with AU, VST, VST3 and/or AAX compatible DAW host software  
    • Internet access (for downloading installers and managing licenses) 

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