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  • VC 76 – Fast, punchy FET compressor
  • VC 2A – Smooth, warm optical compressor
  • VC 160 – Bold, dirty VCA compressor


Three of the most popular compressors in studio history, with added sidechaining and parallel compression, for legendary character!


NATIVE INSTRUMENTS and Softube present VINTAGE COMPRESSORS —painstakingly accurate emulations of three of the most heavily-used compressors in studio history.

The VC 76, VC 2A, and VC 160 feature a modern, clean design for intuitive usability while each maintains its own unmistakable sound. Thanks to added sidechaining and parallel compression, these VINTAGE COMPRESSORS actually improve on the originals.

The VINTAGE COMPRESSORS collection includes all three devices. Each compressor is also available separately. All effects run as native plug-ins in your host DAW.


Each of the three compressors has its own unique character and specific advantages:
  • VC 76: Workhorse compressor with a fast attack. Great presence, punchy, clear high end. Good for drums, vocals or stereo limiting.
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  • VC 2A: Smooth compressor with a silky, natural sound. Great on vocals, bass, pads and guitar.
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  • VC 160: Classic compressor for added attack and a subtle drive. Especially good on kickdrum, snare, bass or guitar.
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All three VINTAGE COMPRESSORS come with an added sidechain input. This essential enhancement provides much more than the characteristic ducking/pumping sound, allowing a wide range of creative compression techniques. Each VINTAGE COMPRESSOR also provides a dry control, for applying parallel compression.

Read more about compression, and what you can do with it, in About Compression.


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.


"What I liked about these compressors was their sound: there's a certain warmth I have only ever got by using real valves."
Howie B. (worked with Tricky, U2, ...)

"I have been striving to achieve that raw almost analog tape fatness to my music and adding the vintage compressors to my signal path is giving me that feel and punch and warmth I'm looking for."
Che Pope (worked with Mary J. BLige, Lauryn Hill, ...)

"I've been using them in place of my usual compressor chains, and I must say they are very impressive!"
Marius de Vries (worked with Brian Eno, Björk, ...)

"They all have tons of character and punch, and sound very musical across a variety of sources."
Graham Archer (Sarm Studios, one of Trevor Horn's top engineers)

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Product type High-quality vintage compressor emulation bundle
For use with All popular host sequencers as a native plug-in
Effect category Studio Compressors
User manual Download Manual


macOS 11, 12 or 13 (latest update)

Windows 10 or 11 (64-bit, latest Service Pack)

Intel Core i5 or equivalent AMD CPU, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

Apple Silicon Mac (native mode or using Rosetta 2)

An Internet connection and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate this product. Once installed and activated, the product can be used offline.

Supported interfaces:
Windows (64-bit only): VST, VST3, AAX
Mac OS X (64-bit only): VST, VST3, AU, AAX
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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