Customer Reviews

  • The Opticom XLA-3

    ★★★★★
    by mix indie home itb
    My swiss army knife to inflate my tracks !!!!
  • Opticom XLA-3

    ★★★★★
    by Deon
    Pure magic on a parallel drumbuss, from punchy to gritty.. This one delivers!
  • Acme!!!

    ★★★★★
    by Music Recycler
    Acme!!!!! Great compressor with some Green Color!! Thanks Plugin Alliance.
  • Crazy cool

    ★★★★★
    by Rectifried
    La2a with attitude
    Larger than life and a mix control
  • Opticom XLA-3

    ★★★★★
    by Frank
    I love this Plug In! Already have Used on Vocal's and Some Guitar Stuff, Very Nice to have in your Arsenal, Thank's Plugin Alliance!
  • How Do You Want It?

    ★★★★☆
    by Headstack
    A little off the top, or downright nasty, The Acme Opticom is not exactly what you'd call "Transparent" when you dig in.
    That's a good thing when you're looking for this sound!
    I have been using it on bass, room, overheads, snare.
  • Gorgeous-sounding plugin with a few issues.

    ★★★★☆
    by In-Stereo
    It takes a lot of make me buy yet another compressor, but I was sold the second I tried the XLA-3. It is positively gorgeous-sounding, can go from mellow and warm to hard-driving and gritty, all in an elusively "analog" way that simply means it gives you mojo and vibe galore. It's simple to use, and the ability to bypass the compressor and just get the great sound of the circuit itself is hugely useful for me. This is all over my sessions now. Ideally it wouldn't be totally input based and would also have a threshold or compression amount knob so you could get the wonderful compression without getting overdrive in some cases, but that's life.
    Now, some faults that need fixing:
    1. You can't see the values for mix or output trim unless you move the "knob" to change them. It shouldn't be this way, but instead should be as intuitive and useful as many other PIA plugins are and what we're used to in the modern age of DAWs.
    2. You also can't see any values/can't input any values, which is a major omission in some of these re-creation plugins. Many times it's imperative to see/enter exactly how many dB you are adjusting something, for various technical reasons.
    3. No wet/dry. I don't mean to be rude, but come on guys, we're in the year 2018. We're using computers and DAWs to expand our abilities -- let's bring wet/dry to this great compressor.
  • Sweet & easy

    ★★★★★
    by Willard
    This is my favorite compressor, partly because of its simplicity and more because it has a great personality. Slow setting gives me a lazy, clean bit of level management and fast gets somewhat-to-very smashy and dirty. It's like an "Angry" setting for my drums, should I want a bit of angry (and my drums often do). Normal speed is a very happy medium and that alone is like having three very different LA-2 style compressors in this plug, but the other simple controls make this e-box even more useful. It's not perfect for every application but it is for lots of them.
    So it SOUNDS great, is as SIMPLE as I could want it to be, and I actually had more FUN with this than I've had with a new toy in a while. What more could you want from a thing? - W
  • What a dude!

    ★★★★★
    by Primcomat
    This boy just make a great job. I used all of the UAD Compressors twins but this guy is so easy to use and just sounds great. There is nothing more to say just check it out!
  • Opticom XLA-3

    ★★★★★
    by timirjan@yandex
    Warm sound! Great plugin!