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Icons: The Compressor Collection
Classic, legendary… iconic. The compressors in this collection—FET Compressor Mk II, OPTO Compressor, and VCA Compressor—are modeled on three of the most popular, most used compressors in the world. Important and influential gear that set a standard in the ‘60s and ’70s and never stopped. Outstanding then, outstanding now. Even more so.
That's because we've added features fit for current times. From Drive and the Stereo Link switch to the Sidechain section, this set gives you more control and tailoring capabilities than before. Icons: The Compressor Collection is an indispensable mix of modeling authenticity and modern workflow. It's destined to be a studio star in its own right.
Designed by Experts, Built on Legacy
We have been emulating professional audio gear for two decades. With partnerships with premium brands like Tube-Tech, Solid State Logic, Chandler Limited, and Marshall Amplification, we have a strong record of accurately recreating analog standards in software form.
Icons: The Compressor Collection builds on this legacy. The included plug-ins deliver nothing less than the same classic character as the original hardware, superior sound quality, and added modern features.
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Respect: authenticity through modeling
We modeled FET Compressor Mk II, OPTO Compressor, and VCA Compressor to capture every characteristic of the legendary originals. From the "fastest compressor in the world" to the storied tube-based optical compressor and the snappy, super popular snare drum comp. Icons gives you the power of three superstar compressors with three distinct gain reduction technologies in one collection.
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Icons' modern features make it easy to tailor the sound of the tracks on your mix. With distortion and saturation separate from gain reduction, you can shape the sound by adjusting the amount of drive. Stereo Link offers the ability to toggle from Stereo Linked mode, with linked Left and Right gain reduction, to Unlinked Dual Mono for independent gain reduction for Left and Right channels. The Sidechain section—sporting Sidechain Punch, Sidechain Filter, and External Sidechain—lets you customize the compression sound to best suit the sound source. With the High Frequency Make-up feature, you can compensate for the slight loss of higher frequencies when compressing the sound source. Dry/Wet gives you the possibility of using parallel compression.
FET Compressor Mk II
FET Compressor Mk II is an absolute essential. Fast, bold, in-your-face, and befitting a slew of sound sources. Grab it for vocals, snares, kick drums, guitars—the list goes on.
OPTO Compressor's claim to fame is its characteristically subtle tube distortion and slow attack time. Use it on vocals and bass; or as a second gain reduction stage after FET Compressor on a vocal track.
Colorful and quirky, VCA Compressor offers a classic vintage sound. With its hard knee compression curve, it’s a shoo-in for snappy snare drums but also works nicely to add texture and attack to guitar and bass sounds.
Console 1 Ready
These plug-ins can be used within Console 1, our mixing system. Click to learn more.
- Three plug-ins included: FET Compressor Mk II, OPTO Compressor, and VCA Compressor
- Classic tools that should be in every music production kit
- Expertly modeled for the utmost authenticity
- Added modern features such as Drive, Stereo Link, a Sidechain section, High Frequency Make-up, and Dry/Wet
- Console 1-ready
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