Overview

The ACME Opticom XLA-3 is a powerful and flexible optical compressor. The plugin has been developed in close cooperation with Brainworx.

Glorious tube sounds and opto-electric vibe, featuring steel covered military-grade components. Slap it across the drum buss for solid and seamless LA-2A style leveling. Force vocals through the input to add grit and attitude to a wimpy take.

A unique "Amp Mode" allows you to to add harmonic color to your signal without even touching the dynamics.

The original XLA-3 hardware features three compression responses. Each treat sounds in a totally different way.

Brainworx faithfully emulated the XLA-3 and captured these features in plugin form, and several new features were added to the plugin version, including a parallel mix knob, an output trim control, and an adjustable noise floor. All of the complex and sonically beautiful behavior of the hardware has been faithfully captured in the plugin version.

Drive the input. Set the behavior. Level to taste. Done.

Features

  • Unique opto-electric circuit that combines the best characteristics of 3 separate compression curves in one unit - from clean to dirty!
  • Smooth and seamless ‘LA-2A’ sound plus optional even-harmonic distortion
  • In Amp Mode this becomes a “tone box” - adding color and distortion without reducing dynamics
  • Saturate with Output Gain, and attenuate to taste with the added Output Trim
  • Several plugin-only features not available on the original hardware

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Toby Pitman

    Toby Pitman

    Paul McCartney, David Arnold, Sonos

    The Opticom XLA-3 is a clean and super useful compressor with all the squash and punch that you’d expect from an Opto like this. The Wet/Dry mix makes it really easy to get great parallel… Read More

  • Deniz Koyu

    Deniz Koyu

    I really like the three curve settings on this compressor. No matter what material you’re dealing with, one of the three curves always gives you the response you’re looking for.… Read More

  • Ethan Mates

    Ethan Mates

    Engineer (Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, J-Lo, Tupac, Tom Petty)

    This plug has vibe for days! The attitude and grit I was able to pull out of some drably recorded vocals was amazing. Don’t sleep on Amp Mode either!

  • Stonebridge

    Stonebridge

    DJ/Producer/Artist

    Love this compressor, great that it adds total control of things like noise. Will be my go to master buss compressor from here on out. Even a hair of it adds clarity and vibe to a… Read More

  • X:144

    X:144

    Producer/Mix & Mastering Engineer (Ms. Lauryn Hill, Qusai, EA Sports: Madden NFL)

    Flavor. That’s what we ask for in this digital realm. The Acme Opticom has it. The moment you insert it on a track it makes itself known without applying gain reduction. The fact that you can… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Essential

    ★★★★★
    by Sol
    Simply amazing! Use this on a lot of different prog material 5/5
  • Acme Opticom XLA-3

    ★★★★★
    by André Luiz
    The Acme Opticom XLA-3 is a fantastic tool. Simplicity of use, versatility and super musical results are their main trademarks - specially on vocals, where it definitely shines. Pull th trigger; you… Read More
  • xla-3

    ★★★★★
    by kjm2239
    realgoodshit
    Plugin Alliance response
    Shortest 5 star review ever! :-)Thanks.
  • Attitude!

    ★★★★★
    by A.M. Music
    Kid Rock track? Oh yes. Celine Dion track, maybe not. nuff said.
  • ACME Audio Opticom XLA-3

    ★★★★★
    by Andrew
    I've been putting this on the input chain for recording my vocals, it adds density and gives it plenty of character on top of smoothing out the peaks. Lovin It...

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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