Modern compression with vintage attitude
The Xtressor is a faithful emulation of one of the most beloved and most popular hardware compressors of the modern era. Known for its speed, versatility, and attitude, it’s a must-have for crushing drum busses, squeezing kicks and basses, controlling acoustic guitars, and digging in hard with seriously satisfying vocal compression.

Multiple modes with endless combinations
On the Xtressor, each of the ratios is like its own compressor, with unique attack, release and knee characteristics. Tailor its tone further with “DIST” modes that add 2nd or 3rd order harmonics for tube or tape-like drive. Or, try the “British” mode for fast and furious “all buttons in” compression that provides the memorable character of iconic pumping and breathing effects heard on countless major releases.

Tame harsh signals with sidechains and saturation
The tailored sidechain filter options on the Xtressor can help it reject rumble and take the edge off of jagged signals, letting you have assertive detail and analog-sounding smoothness all at once. The plugin also adds an extra hardware emulation with its dedicated Saturation section. It delivers not only tape-like harmonics, but a custom WARMTH control that adds high frequency compression to soften the brittle edges of overly thin and harsh sounds.

Digital only features for even easier operation 
Kiive Audio takes this emulation to the next level with plugin-only options like dual mix knobs for both the compression and saturation sections as well as an input/output link knob that makes it even easier to dial in sounds than on the original.


  • An analog model of the most popular contemporary analog compressor in the world
  • 8 different ratios with distinctive tonal characteristics
  • Sidechain filters to reject low end rumble or add extra control to harsh frequencies
  • Saturation section with dedicated “WARMTH” control for smoother, more analog-sounding top end
  • Input/output link for easier gain staging
  • Dedicated mix knobs for both compression and saturation sections
  • British mode for “all buttons in” operation
  • Mid/Side operation available
  • Stereo width control

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Koen Heldens

    Koen Heldens

    Mixing Engineer (XXXTentacion, Trippie Redd, Swae Lee)

    The hardware version has been a longtime favorite of mine, and the new Xtressor finds itself at the top of my dynamics list in my DAW. It reacts flawlessly, similar to classics such as the 1176 or… Read More

  • Eddie Lucciola

    Eddie Lucciola

    Kiive Audio

    I felt like there weren’t enough emulations out there. I wanted to improve on the original analog hardware by adding essential features such as Mid/Side processing, and dual mono, as well as… Read More

  • Alberto De Icaza

    Alberto De Icaza

    Mixing & Mastering Engineer (Clutch, Crobot, Megan Thee Stallion)

    Kiive’s Xtressor has become my go-to for Drums and Guitars. They managed to capture the snappiness of the original compressor and the saturation circuit sounds great!

  • Paul Kruz

    Paul Kruz

    Mix & Mastering Engineer/Audio Post Mixer (Ruff Kaida, Wilz Nyopole, Mr Vezzy)

    This plugin is honestly incredible, has literally everything you need in a classic compressor with a modern touch. Utter genius features, Mid/Side, Saturation & warmth  sounds amazing. So… Read More

  • Sam Sherbin

    Sam Sherbin

    Mixing Engineer (Stray Kids, Rachel Platten, Ebony Obsidian)

    The Xtressor is a modern version of a hardware classic. The M/S features and saturation are worth the price of admission alone!

Customer Reviews

  • Xtressor

    by Mgm
    Can't go wrong with this plugin, super useful and versatile compressor. Would love to see the ADC1 on PA next!
  • xtressor kiive audio

    by Paulkit
    Very good Plugin
  • Mastering

    by Summer Fazed
    My first use of this plugin smashed it out of the park. Put it on a parallel bus on your master. Put it in mid-side and british mode. You can alter your mix in such a cool way with saturation tone by… Read More
  • Bettermaker

    by Mario Blankenberg
    It gives me sublime resolution, analog mojo and very good mix integration.
  • Amazing Plugin!

    by AORUA
    This plugin is impressive for mix bus, vocals and I am sure many other uses. I tried the demo for about a half hour and bought it. It is excellent and it will turn into a real time saver.


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 13 down to macOS 10.11
Windows 11 down to Windows 8

Intel or Apple Silicon architecture

x64-compatible CPU

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




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# Xtressor

### 1.0.1 (03/02/2023)
- Initial Release