Wave Distribution UBK Fatso

2-channel Full Analog Tape Simulator / Optimizer with 6 Preset Compression Curves Designed by UBK
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Wave Distribution UBK Fatso
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The FATSO Just Got Fatter!

Have you already heard of the mind-blowingly fat and warm sounds you can pull out of the Empirical Labs FATSO? It's like taking your sound straight out of the digital world and putting it back in that round and full analog domain. And because of that, the FATSO has been a studio mainstay for years. In fact, the folks over at KuSh Audio loved theirs so much, they thought it'd be fun to find a way to tweak it to add even more features to their already-favorite character compressor. Meet the UBK FATSO.

The goal behind the UBK FATSO was this: find a way to create a collection of fixed-setting compressors that could all around just get the job done, no matter the source. Beyond that, each preset compressor had to have its own distinct flavor and vibe so engineers would have the right palette of colors and "grab" at the ready, no matter what challenges a session presented. They succeeded.

In addition to all the tone-sweetening characteristics you'll find on the classic FATSO (which is at the heart of this hot-rodded version), the UBK FATSO add three brand-new presents, meticulously crafted and tuned by ear. You've got "Splat," an API console-inspired compression setting that can enhance anything but really takes vocals and electric guitars to a thick, creamy edge when you dig into it.

Up next is the "Smooth" setting - essentially classic limiting with a special twist. The goal was to make a "tracking-style" limiter that helped you, the engineer, shave around 6-10dB off the peaks, without sounding like too much happened - just an all-around sweetness and better-behaving tracks. With your tracks through this setting, you'll find you need less EQ and compression; things just fit. But go on and abuse the setting to more-than-pleasant musical results.

Finally, there's the "Glue" setting. Put any earth-shakingly low source through this setting, and you won't believe it. The bass locks into place. It sounds clean, clear, and loud without getting in the way of the rest of your mix. Your bass, in a word, is "glue." It just sticks right where it needs to be. Of course, you'll be happy with it on a bunch of other instruments.

If you're looking for the ultimate in warmth, roundness, and unbelievably musical compression - the UBK FATSO is your pick. It has all the best qualities of the FATSO, with an extra dose of perfectly tuned "squeeze" to help your tracks really stand out.

KuSh Audio UBK FATSO 2-channel Analog Tape Simulator Features at a Glance:
  • Offers the same design as the Empirical Labs FATSO, with six new preset compression curves designed by UBK (with the blessing of Dave Derr of Empirical Labs)
  • Modes are "Splat," "Smooth," and "Glue"
  • Soft clip features modeled after broadband tape saturation. Smooth clipping up to 20% THD
  • User programmable high frequency saturation
  • Switchable transformer circuits, which can add the musical artifacts generated by classic devices like NEVE, API, etc.
  • Four compression modes - One for tracking, one general purpose, one "bus" compressor, and SPANK (see below). All LINKABLE!
  • SPANK! - An additional limiter that musically smashes the dynamic range, and can be used to stop clipping before digital recorders
  • Huge "DISTRESSOR" knobs with high resolution numbering
  • Distortion indicator lights - A 0 VU LED and a "Pinned" (5%) LED
  • Sidechain output and input for EQ-ing control signals.
  • Locked, calibrated, output level - allows speed in setting tape and live mix levels.
  • Foolproof operation - it's almost impossible to get a bad sound
  • Discrete and integrated combination - the best of speed/linearity with repeatability. Hand tested & selected components
  • Switchable 110/220 volt operation
  • True bypass

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Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Kush Ups The Fat

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2
Controls Splat/Smooth/Spank (Button), Warmth, Toasty/Comfy/Linked (Button)
Frequency Response 2Hz-60khz (-3 dB)
Side Chain Inserts Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x TS
Sidechain I/O 2 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number UBK EL7

Customer Reviews

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Awesomely versatile analog hardware!

The UBK Fatso, now known as the Wave Fatso ( same exact product) was my first analog outboard unit. I now have a few other units including an 1176, CL1B, SSL buss comp, and APi 2500, and I still love and use this unit as much as I did when I got it. The compression presets sound amazing and are very versatile. You can use this box for compressing any individual sound, group, or whole mix and it sounds great. The lack of attack and release controls are not an issue at all due to the fact that a great deal of thought went into tweaking the presets. Reading the manual and experimenting and using your ears is the key with this unit. The high frequency limiter is very versatile as well and can be used for de essing vocals, taming overheads, and generally warming up sounds. It's a really cool feature that I use a lot more than I thought I would. The trafo button adds some low girth and thickens things up. In combination with the high frequency limiter you can really thicken up sounds in a pleasing way. Perhaps now my favorite feature is the saturation. I use it on almost every mix on synths, drums, and sometimes even the whole mix. Analog saturation just sounds really good, and so much better than anything digital can do, in my opinion. While the plugin version is also great, I really do prefer the real thing. This is a great unit to have and you will see it in a lot of studios that have walls of other outboard. It really holds its own. It's great as a first outboard compressor due to its great versatility and since its also incredibly easy to use. Highly recommended!
Music background: producer and engineer

Digital who?

This thing is a game-changer, and as easy to operate as your bluray player.I had been polishing off my mixes in the box with plugin tape sims and limiter/loudness maximizers prior to getting this unit, and will be very happy to never look back. I was very happy with the software I had been using, but there is a depth and believeability to the "Glue" setting and tape warmth on masters that I now feel dependent on... I'm hooked! Definitely recommended for LIGHT compression/coloring on tracking at the end of your signal chain, definitely NOT recommended as a primary tracking compressor or mastering compressor - yes, it's a compressor, but in my opinion it's best used lightly as a limiter and coloration enhancer, so to speak. Though I will say some of the more intense settings like "Splat" are INCREDIBLE on snare drum and distorted guitars. Long story short, this has found it's way into probably 80% of my front-end signal chains (last in line, applied lightly), and is a permanent staple at the end of my outboard mastering chain. Thank you UBK!!

Wow! Amazing.

There is a lot of hype about this unit. After using it and listening in my own studio, I have to agree what a game changer the UBK Fatso really is! Greg/UBK has improved upon an already great unit created by Dave Derr at Empirical Labs. Anything you throw at it sounds fantastic. As a bass player, I was blown away at the SMOOTH body and super TIGHT low end, yet high-end headroom. I use it for tracking on bass, drums, piano, vocals, etc. I highly recommend the UBK Fatso.
Music background: Producer, Recording Engineer
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