Softube FET Compressor
Softube FET Compressor
In general, the Softube FET Compressor can be used for deeper gain reduction than you would normally use with any compressor. The reason is that even at extreme settings, the FET Compressor shows no trace of the pinched sound many other compressors make when you push them hard. This ability for strict gain control is not least useful on lead vocal tracks that need to be kept in the listener's face. The distortion also adds a nice grit to the voice, highly useable in rock mixes but in no way limited to that.
Another common use for the FET is in drum mixing, where many engineers use it on room microphones, overheads or across the entire drum buss. Used this way, the FET Compressor has a way of bringing out a large, explosive sound in the Led Zeppelin vein. This is also an application where parallel compression is a useful technique, so we added the Parallel Inject control to facilitate this. To reduce kick drum pumping or let the bass guitar's low end bloom, use the side chain filter.
But there are still many more uses for the FET. Bass, acoustic guitars, pianos - bring out some edge or use the compressor's fastest attack setting to round off any transients.
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 made original did, including the legendary All Buttons In mode. Classic compression in a plug-in - that's the FET Compressor.
Version 2.0 of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements.
All native versions
All Softube plug-ins support both 32- and 64-bit hosts and operating systems. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
Please, make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer, but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com.
AAX DSP version
Windows XP and Vista are no longer officially supported.
TDM/VENUE is no longer supported (old downloads are available on the Legacy Installers page).