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

  • David Arnold

    David Arnold

    Composer (Casino Royale, Independence Day, Sherlock)

    The Opticom XLA-3 has been all over my drums and bass and some live brass too... acts very much like its real life hardware counterpart and gives punch, depth and character.

  • Tony Vincent

    Tony Vincent

    Artist/Producer (Queen’s We Will Rock You, Green Day’s American Idiot, The Voice)

    Totally dig this compressor on vocals. There’s delicious color and texture without any artifacts or affected “saturation.” It has become a go-to vocal compressor for me.

  • 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

    Spinnin' Records

    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!

Customer Reviews

  • Amazing!

    ★★★★★
    by Gabrijel Prusina
    Amazing compressor. My favorite. The vibe, the punch, the sound. Come on man. This is a beast!
  • Analogue 2 go

    ★★★★★
    by Reto Rausch
    I immediately fell in love with this compressor. Just throw it on your master or any other bus. It makes things sound more appealing even without any compression.
  • Incredible tone box

    ★★★★★
    by Ben Collier
    Adds instant vibe to everything I've put it on, injects life into lacklustre vocals, works really well on orchestral busses for gentle squeeze and colour, definitely a secret weapon!
  • Character and color!

    ★★★★☆
    by Francesco Scarpa
    La-2a type compressors have always had little color, which is why their use has never been creative type in my workflow.
    In the case of Opticom XLA-3, the character and color make a compressor… Read More
  • VIBE

    ★★★★★
    by Nick F
    Unique, can be subtle, but shouldn't be used like that. It's a monster on any source. Recommended.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
MacOS 10.9 through 10.14
Windows 7 through 10

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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