Overview

The Ultimate Mastering Tool

The gold standard in analog M/S mastering compressors - elysia´s alpha compressor is available in a supremely accurate emulation plugin for a fraction of the price of the hardware version.

The hardware alpha compressor is coveted for its professional dynamics processing, featuring innovative functions and absolutely uncompromising sound quality. It set new standards for audio mastering thanks in part to its M/S processing, parallel compression, and highly-responsive limiters and audio filters among other features.

This 100% discrete class-A analog beast provides an amount of openness and clarity unmatched in the dynamics processing world. Every part of its signal processing is based on single transistors running in class-A mode. Even the sidechain and power supply use discrete circuits. All components are of the highest grade available and exclusively chosen according to their sonic excellence.

These benefits add up to an audio quality that is truly unrivaled. Even when extreme settings are used, the sound characteristics stay clean and powerful. The alpha compressor delivers the “this is it” feeling of a finished song. Its enhanced functions far exceed the potential of normal compressors, giving users previously unimagined options for mastering and mixing. No wonder it is considered a mastering studio gem.

Using Brainworx’s advanced circuit modeling techniques, the alpha compressor plugin captures every nuance of its brilliant hardware bretheren and delivers it to your desktop where multiple instances of this beauty are available in just a few clicks.

In addition to the full-blown Mastering version of the alpha compressor, Brainworx, in close collaboration with elysia, has also developed a simpler Mixing version. This version eliminates some of the more advanced features to make it easy to get great sounding compression quickly.

Download the fully-functional 14-day demo (no dongle required!) to find out for yourself why the elysia alpha compressor has become a fixture in the world’s finest mastering facilities.

Features

  • Provides the most sophisticated and complete set of dynamics control available
  • Maintains the character of the original source material even when extreme compression settings are applied
  • Transparent, frequency-targeted controls for compression dynamics
  • True Emulation

The compression behavior and sound character of the hardware version have been painstakingly recreated to match the analog model

  • Oversampling

Increased internal resolution when working with lower sample rates

  • Integrated M/S Matrix

As an alternative to standard stereo operation, you can process M/S Stereo (mid and side signals), opening up completely new options for your work

  • Feed Forward & Feedback

Compression types can be individually chosen for each channel, making different compressors available with just a button push

  • Auto Fast

Switchable semi-automation consistently provides perfect attack and release based on adjustable values – even when working with complex material

  • Audio Filter

The Niveau Filter changes the proportions between high and low frequencies for added clarity and punch with zero harshness.

  • Sidechain Filter

Onboard frequency selective compression, avoiding the need for complex routings and favoring an efficient workflow

  • Parallel Compression

Both direct and compressed signals can be blended as desired

  • Signal Matrix

Both the direct and processed signals can be monitored individually or together with the push of a button in each channel (left & right or mid & side)

  • Soft Clip Limiter

Tames short and loud transients and smoothens out signal peaks, providing additional headroom and loudness when needed

  • Warm Mode

Modeled after the switchable Transformer circuit of the hardware version, the alpha compressor plugin offers very warm and never harsh signal coloration

  • Mouse wheel Support

Setting parameters with the mouse can be pretty annoying – for this reason the controllers of the plugin can be moved with the mouse wheel easily

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Allen Hunnie

    Allen Hunnie

    Streetheart, McMaster and James, The WSO, Harlequin

    I must say wooow what a plugin... makes me wish I really had a chance to try the real unit... I still want the real hardware now more than ever... I must say I never wanted to purchase something… Read More

  • Geert Bevin

    Geert Bevin

    I released my band's debut album on Monday after having done the final mastering with the elysia alpha plugin during the weekend. It was wonderful to be able to use this compressor in unlinked M/S… Read More

  • David Arnold

    David Arnold

    Composer (Casino Royale, Independence Day, Sherlock)

    The elysia units I've been using on individual tracks as well as across sub mixes and final stereo outs. All of these elysia units make up an incredibly powerful set of tools and have really… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • How?!

    ★★★★★
    by Alex
    Use this allll the time.
  • Go-To Compressor

    ★★★★★
    by Nick F
    The 'mix' variation provided is fantastic on anything. This is the clean, transparent, versatile compressor I put on anything as a starting point on every project. The full mastering version on… Read More
  • Well worth it

    ★★★★★
    by Vnc B
    The elysia alpha compressor is sounding great on different purposes, from, of course, the master bus, to groups and even individual channels. I love the fact that you get the "mix" and the "master"… Read More
  • Brilliant

    ★★★★★
    by P-F
    One of the best ITB purchases ever.
    Thank You
  • The compressor I've been waiting for

    ★★★★★
    by SrC
    I can't even write anything, it's soooo good. You have FULL control over everything, ultra precise. Just get this Compressor and put it on everything...that's it!

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, 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

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system.

ChangeLog

alpha compressor

elysia alpha compressor - Changelog

Version 1.12 (Jul 10, 2019)
- General: macOS 10.14.5 Update compatibility
- General: Windows 10 1903 Update compatibility
- General: Fixed activation issue in Windows hosts set to non-English language (e.g. Cakewalk)
- General: AU: Fixed issue with increased CPU and memory on reopening UI
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with adapting to host knob mode, and now prioritizing linear
- General: VST3: Fixed issue with VST3 preset permissions
- General: VST3: Improved synchronization between parameter states and some UI functions, e.g. toolbar reset

Version 1.11 (Nov 16, 2018)
- General: macOS Mojave compatibility
- General: Windows October 2018 update compatibility
- General: adding Windows High DPI support for VST2/3 plugins
- General: Fixed potential crashes in Cubase and other VST2 / VST3 DAWs
- General: Fixed potential CPU spikes and audio dropouts
- General: Fixed rendering in Pro Tools on the start of a session
- General: Fixed missing presets in Wavelab and other VST3 DAWs
- General: Improving keyboard control, fixing issues with catched keys preventing it from passing through to DAW
- General: Fixed parallel use of host sessions (e.g. with Live)

Version 1.10 (May 24, 2018)
- General: Microsoft Windows Redstone 4 compatibility
- General: Added computer keyboard control for plugin parameters
- General: Fixed Mouse scroll wheel not working in Windows 8
- General: Fixed an issue where plugins will not validate or load after a certain amount of plugins have been loaded (Windows)
- General: Fixed visual GUI freezes when adjusting DAW parameters, meters, analyzers (Mac)
- General: Fixed possible issue with Pick Pack licenses
- General: Small licenser stability fix

Version 1.9 (Oct 23, 2017)
- General: Mac OS High Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed possible crash on online activation (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed Logic Pro X not validating AU plugins (Mac OS High Sierra)
- General: Fixed CPU spikes and crashes with Cubase (Windows)
- General: Fixed bug that could lead to "AAE -6 error" in ProTools (Windows)
- General: Fixed crash with FL Studio
- General: Fixed crash when cross-opening plugins in various hosts
- General: Fixed crash when using mixdown in Audition
- General: Fixed crash in Final Cut Pro
- General: Fixed delayed parameter handling and crackling issues in Cubase with VST3
- General: Fixed bug where plugin settings were not saved in Harrison Mixbus
- General: Fixed bug that led to AAE error -9317 in ProTools when instantiating plugin
- General: Fixed bug where plugins did not render properly when "x ray" option is enabled in Sonar
- General: Modifications to factory presets were lost when reopening session
- General: Fixed mouse wheel behaviour with second monitor setup (Windows)
- Some plugins: Value labels do not appear every time when clicking on parameter in UI
- General: Faster instantiation time for plugins (Windows)
- General: Adding support for automation highlighting in Presonus StudioOne
- Fixed crash when adding a channel in the Plugin Pin connector in Reaper

Version 1.8.1 (Dec 20, 2016)
- General: Mac OS Sierra compatibility
- General: Fixed automation issues in AU and AAX
- General: Fixed license dialog use of special characters
- General: Improved AU preset support
- General: Performance improvements

Version 1.8 (Apr 1, 2016)
- General: Major UI codebase update
- General: Fixed possible crash when authorizing plugin
- General: Added gain reduction meter support for StudioOne 3
- General: Installers show version info in Windows "Programs And Features"
- Fixed bug that leads to Alpha stop passing audio [BXBUGS-1121]

Version 1.7.4 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Removing RTAS/TDM/VENUE 32-bit format support

Version 1.7.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.7.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.7.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 1.7 (Apr 14, 2015)
- Fixed audible artifacts when changing parameters.
- Fixed parameter order in the generic view to comply with the GUI (422)
- Fixed meter inaccuracies

Version 1.6 (Nov 18, 2013)
- Licenser update (V3): Fixes and new features
- Prevent wrong mouse wheel behavior in 32-bit hosts on 64-bit Windows (Windows bug) (87, 95, 156)
- Fixed keyboard events after text input in Pro Tools Windows (325)
- Fixed parameter value display in VST3 (330)
- Fixed toolbar triggering automation (335)
- Fixed window size issues (279, 327)
- Fixed possible preset issues in Pro Tools 11 (312)
- Fixed AAX Audiosuite latency compensation (311)

Version 1.5.1 (Jun 28, 2013)
- fixed installer for 32-bit Windows

Version 1.5 (Jun 21, 2013)
- added support for Pro Tools 11
- licenser update: fixes and new features
- fixed automation with VST3 offline processing

Version 1.4 (Apr 05, 2013)
- otimized performance
- fixed issues with possible high CPU load
- fixed Avid related issue in Pro Tools 10 that could lead to sporadic crashes
- fixed issue that could lead to values jumping in Ableton Live

Version 1.3.2 (Jan 16, 2013)
- added support for high resolution displays (e.g. Apple Retina)
- licenser: improved Pro Tools activation

Version 1.3.1 (Oct 31, 2012)
- fixed potential TDM automation issue under Mac OS
- licenser: minor fixes
- licenser: fixed activation issue under Mac OS 10.5 / Pro Tools 8
- licenser: fixed potential crash in online activation under Mac OS
- licenser: fixed issues with USB stick activation
- licenser: fixed file handling with offline activation

Version 1.3 (Oct 16, 2012)
- Added AAX DSP

Version 1.2.2 (Jun 22, 2012)
- Licenser update: added toolbar and USB activation
- Fixed response issues in AU format
- change company string to Plugin Alliance

Version 1.2.1 (Jan 28, 2012)
- Resolved DAE/AAX AudioSuite incompatibility
- Fixed audio problems with certain licenses
- Fixed 96kHz bug in TDM version

Version 1.2 (Jan 2, 2012)
- Added German manual
- Added presets
- Added AAX Native
- Added 64-bit support
- Added Plugin Alliance Licenser

Version 1.1
- Added TDM version
- Improved mouse tracking in circular mode

Version 1.0.1
- RTAS: added multichannel mode to Mix version
- Fixed metering in M/S mode
- Fixed control linkage

Version 1.0
- Initial release