Smooth and Warm

  • Easy to use, automatic attack and release
  • Medium to slow response for natural sound
  • Sidechain input and Low-Cut Detector
VC 2A Demo Tracks

THE VC 2A — SMOOTH AND WARM

Smooth electro-optical compressor with a silky, natural sound. Great on vocals, bass, pads and guitar.

ELECTRO-OPTICAL COMPRESSOR

A member of the VINTAGE COMPRESSORS Series, the VC 2A is an instantly useable software emulation of a legendary precision studio tool — an electro-optical tube compressor/limiter with a smooth, silky sound. Attack and release are determined automatically in response to the input signal. It’s also easy to dial in the sweet spot, because the VC 2A has only two main controls – Gain and Peak Reduction – which control threshold and the amount of compression.

This effect is also available as part of the specially-priced VINTAGE COMPRESSORS bundle.

VC 2A Demo Tracks

IMPROVING ON THE ORGINAL

Produced in cooperation with Softube, the VC 2A also offers a host of additional features not available on the original. An added sidechain input not only allows for characteristic ducking and pumping effects, but also provides possibilities for a wide range of creative compression techniques.

A dry control makes parallel compression with the VC 2A a reality and a Low-Cut dial effectively tells the compressor to ignore (i.e. not compress) anything below the set frequency. This essential enhancement helps to avoid over-compression caused by unruly bass frequencies.



GETTING STARTED

Use the VC 2A for leveling vocals — it leaves the peaks more or less intact but pushes the quieter parts in a natural, musical way. Turn up the gain to get the smooth, subtle coloration and drive this classic compressor is famous for.

The VC 2A also delivers highly satisfying results on bass. The slow release means that the compression remains smooth, avoiding distortion caused by overly fast release settings on other compressors.

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ABOUT SOFTUBE

VINTAGE COMPRESSORS is produced in collaboration with Softube. These "Swedish rock 'n' roll scientists" specialize in incredibly accurate software emulations of professional audio hardware.

As well as working with NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, they make a wide range of their own products. Their reputation in the industry is exceptional.

ELECTRO-OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY

An electro-optical compressor contains a light bulb or LED. This responds to the input signal — a strong signal makes the bulb glow, peaks make the bulb glow brighter. A photocell tracks the bulb and regulates the gain level accordingly. The relatively slow response of the photocell results in an intentional time lag, affecting both the attack and release times.

Unless cruelly mistreated, electro-optical compressors sound smooth and natural.

AT A GLANCE

Product type High-quality vintage electro-optical tube compressor emulation
For use with All popular host sequencers as a native plug-in
Effect category Studio Compressors
Size (Mac / PC) Mac: 133 MB, PC: 109 MB
User manual Download Manual

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Mac: Mac OS X 10.8 or 10.9 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

Supported interfaces: AU, VST, RTAS, AAX 32- and 64-bit

THE VINTAGE COMPRESSORS SERIES

Check out the other effects in this series:
  • VC 160: Classic compressor for added attack and a subtle drive. Especially good on kick drum, snare, bass or guitar.
    Find out more

  • VC 76: FET compressor/peak limiter renowned for its super-fast attack and unique 'All Button Mode'.
    Find out more

  • VINTAGE COMPRESSORS SERIES BUNDLE: All three effects at a special price.
    Find out more

LA-2A and 1176 LN are registered trademarks of Universal Audio, Inc. Vintage Compressors is manufactured and developed by Native Instruments and Softube based on its own modeling techniques. Universal Audio has not endorsed nor sponsored the Vintage Compressors in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

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