Arturia

Description

One of the most iconic studio compressor ever made, recreated as a software plugin. Get perfect vocals and instruments every time.

The original 1176 compressor designed by Bill Putnam Sr. truly lives up to the name. Now - thanks to Arturia’s TAE technology - you can enjoy its legendary tone-shaping from the convenience of a software plugin.

Produced from the late 60s, the original hardware compressor was a staple of all major studios. Every mix engineer demanded at least one in a session, and they were used to shape the sound of countless hit records from Michael Jackson to The Killers, Guns n Roses to Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen to Chaka Khan. You won’t have to settle for just one, though; with Comp FET-76, you can load up one of these classic compressors on as many channels as you want.

People often say the 1176 “just makes things sound better”, but how does it do it? Arturia's engineers carefully analyzed and modeled every component, electronics nuance, and quirk in the data of an original D/E model to find out, and recreate it as software. The combination of the Field Effect Transistor, the “Class A” amplifier, and its unique design imparts a subtle, but very desirable tonal change even at low compression levels. Crank the input, patch in higher ratio, or even go “all in”, and that FET magic really comes alive. A fantastic all-rounder for both compressing and heating up your tone, Comp FET-76 is a must-have plugin.

A legend reborn for the 21st century
One of the benefits of recreating a classic is that Arturia was able to add some subtle but powerful new features that truly make this a compressor fit for the modern studio, without altering its legendary tone. The top panel of the interface gives you access to all of the original controls. You can click to expand the plugin to and access its advanced, new features.

Half a century of hit-making tone, right in your DAW
Push hard for that saturated, soft-clipping sound that cuts through any mix; get the tonal balance just right at the input stage; add vintage analog warmth in your mastering chain; use the in-built mid/side processing to enhance your whole mix.

Compatible with all major DAWs, now you too can enjoy the harmonic push, subtle overtones, and tone-shaping power of the most iconic studio gear ever made.
Specifications
General
  • Software type: Virtual FET compressor
  • Plug-in format(s): VST 2.4, VST 3, AU, AAX, NKS
  • Computer platform: Mac & Windows
  • Delivery: Software download
  • Version: Full version
Sound Library
  • Sound generation: Modeling
  • Integrated effects: Yes
Minimum System Requirements
  • Free hard drive space: 1 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Mac requirements: OS X 10.10
  • Windows requirements: Windows 7 or later
  • 64-bit compatible: Yes

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