Softube FET Compressor Plug-in

Modeled Analog Compressor Plug-in - Mac/PC, AAX, VST, VST3, AU
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Softube FET Compressor Plug-in
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Classic FET-style Compression

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Softube's FET Compressor faithfully mimics one of the most famous American solid state compressors of all time. Unlike many "modeled" compressors that simply seek to re-create an algorighm that resembles the sound of the original, FET Compressor models the unit in its entirety - from the input and output stage to the different transistors and everything in between. This plug-in has everything the original did, including the legendary All Buttons In mode. Classic compression in a plug-in - that's the FET Compressor.

Softube FET Compressor Native at a Glance:
  • The sound of analog circuitry
  • Accurate re-creation of the original
The sound of analog circuitry

The heritage of analog compressors very much showcases the history of electronics in the previous century. It's the deficiencies of the different designs and components that give each unit its unique character, and what started out as technical limitations have now become sought-after sounds. Simply approximating the most apparent features is not enough to capture this uniqueness. It takes a model of great complexity and accuracy to make a digital replica sound like the original with all settings and inputs.

Accurate re-creation of the original

When creating FET Compressor, Softube set out to make the most accurate emulation of a classic solid state compressor. Instead of modeling individual features and putting them together digitally, Softube has modeled the unit in its entirety: input and output stages, gain reduction feedback loops, bias differences of different transistors, etc. The results speak for themself.

Softube FET Compressor Native Features:
  • Modeled analog compressor, input and output stages
  • Modeled "All buttons in" mode
  • Continuous ratio (even between 20:1 and ALL)
  • Super fast attack time (like the original)
  • Sweet input and output stage distortion
  • Parallel compression
  • Detector low and high cut filters
  • External side chain
  • Lookahead
  • Stereo with synchronized gain reduction
  • Very CPU friendly
Vintage compression for your DAW with Softube's FET Compressor!

Tech Specs

Software Type Compressor
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Format AAX DSP, AAX Native, VST, VST3, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon 64 X2 or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number SFT-FET-NAT

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Awesome compressor

I have many compressors in my arsenal from UA, waves, ik, softube, and plugin alliance. This is absolutely one of my favorites. Very easy to get great sounds out of it. I love my UA stuff but i could get by with just this and AOM invisible limiter if i needed to. Absolutely recomend if you are just starting to build your plugin library. It puts a nice sheen on things without overcoloring
Music background: Guitarist home studio guy

My favorite compressor

My favorite compressor used to be the 33609 neve uad version. I loved that compressor! I used to use the UAD 1176 sometimes but not as much as the fairchild and 33609. But this softtube emulation is AWESOME!!!! I love how flexible it is. I love the knobs instead of buttons. I can go inbetween a 4:1 and 8:1 ratio (amongst other things). The sound is amazing! This is now my go to compressor!
Music background: Hip hop, pop, rock, funk, folk producer. Audio engineer - level black belt.

most awesome compressor ever on a computer

its really smoth and the mix dry signal knob is a god send compared to my uad 4k bus compressor and my waves g bus compressor and waves api 2500 this thing kicks all there asses
Music background: rapper engineer

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Tyler Berggren

Everybody loves a fast and punchy compessor. The Softube FET Compressor is plug-in emulation of the most famous compressor of all time - and it nails it! Everything from transient emphasis to complete obliteration - it's now on every session I mix.
See also: Compression Software, Softube, Softube Plug-ins: Dynamics