Overview

A Piece of German audio history
Capture the vibe of one of the richest sounding tube preamps and compressors. The NEOLD V76U73 is an emulation of the Telefunken V76 and U73, which are legendary pieces of audio history. The V76 preamp was designed with nearly unlimited funding from the German government and has enhanced countless songs from the 1950s until today. With the nickname "The German Fairchild," the U73 compressor/limiter used a variable mu design that made it incredibly popular with mastering engineers in Europe until 1980 when it was discontinued.

Get rich low end and smooth highs
With a rich and enchanting low end, along with some of the smoothest highs you’ll ever hear, it’s no wonder that the original V76 preamps have all been snatched up for top dollar by high-end studios and collectors all around the world. Simply running signals through these devices without moving a single knob can bring new life and dimension to just about any signal. The U73 compressor/limiter builds on this tone, adding exceptionally smooth-sounding “variable mu” dynamic control.

Create your own tube mixing console
Have you ever dreamt of owning a 1960's tube mixing console? Now you can. Apply an instance of the V76U73 to all of your instrument tracks and busses to achieve a compelling old-school vibe. Enchant vocals, guitars, basses, drums, and synths with rare vintage tones and dynamic control.

A faithful emulation with extra features
The V76U73 is a painstakingly accurate emulation of the real analog circuits of both the V76 and U73. While the plugin honors the straightforward simplicity of the original modules, it also provides some features and optimizations that are only possible in plugin form. There's a resizable GUI, four layouts that you can manipulate and use to conduct A/B comparisons, a sidechain filter, Mix knob, and a stereo mode selector.

The first of a new brand
Designed by Dominik Klaßen, Roger Schult, and Reimund Dratwa—the masterminds behind the groundbreaking Phil’s Cascade plugin from elysia—this is the first entry in the new pro audio plugin brand NEOLD, a line devoted to seamlessly bringing the best-untapped resources of the analog world into the digital domain.

Features

  • A faithful model of the V76 preamp and U73 compressor/limiter.
  • Powerful high- and low-pass filters for broad and musical tone shaping.
  • A unique “linear function” to capture the textures of the V76 without its traditional band-limited frequency response.
  • The addition of a sidechain filter, Mix knob, and stereo mode selector.
  • Automatic gain compensation for adding saturation and pleasing harmonics without level jumps.
  • Incredibly simple operation that provides immediate results.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Greg Wells

    Greg Wells

    Grammy-winning producer, mixer, songwriter (Taylor Swift, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi)

    It’s so f*$!ing cool! This plugin has a major vibe… excellent work, folks!

  • Mosty

    Mosty

    Latin Grammy Winning Producer, Engineer, Mixer

    The NEOLD V76U73 is a beast of a compressor capable of making everything sound huge with a musical taste. The compression this unit brings is addictive.

  • Jason LaRocca

    Jason LaRocca

    Producer, Engineer, Scoring Mixer

    The NEOLD V76U73 is a serious beast. I am using it now on my mixes for Assassin's Creed Valhalla and it is just making everything sound big and open.

  • Brian Vibberts

    Brian Vibberts

    Grammy Winning Mixing Engineer (Chick Corea, Sting, Metallica, Disney, Michael Jackson)

    I love using the V76U73 to give my drums more punch and to get rock guitars to pop out of the speakers and be strong in the mix!

  • Dave Pensado

    Dave Pensado

    Grammy Winning Mix Engineer/Host of Pensado’s Place (Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce)

    The V76U73 is a combination of two rare and highly coveted pieces of audio gear as the name implies. It is essentially a tube channel strip that faithfully emulates the finest of German… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • So, so good!

    ★★★★★
    by jasontm18
    Finally bit on the subscription, and this thing is almost worth the price of admission. Throwing this on a direct electric bass is just awesome. Totally gives a "vibe" and is easy to use. Thrilled… Read More
  • Amazing thing!

    ★★★★★
    by OutOfKey
    Quickly evolved to one of my go to color boxes, and that's just the preamp. The compression sounds great as well and can be blended with the pure preamp tone. Sounds like a german tube circuit and I… Read More
  • V76u73

    ★★★★★
    by Laserpanther
    Holy moly, as an engineer recording pro rock & retro based sounding rock n roll . And a huge fan of EMI, Telefunken & all the good stuff.
    Using mostly Old school analogue mixed with Digital. I… Read More
  • one year later

    ★★★★★
    by Doctor Too Much
    great sounding. one year of plugin alliance bundle subscription, finding myself celebrating it with stuff like this! can´t go better tbh.
  • So warm!

    ★★★★★
    by mparker
    I have many great channel strips, but this just adds an instant glow to anything you put through it! The drums preset is my go to! As are the synth ones! It just seems to put things in the right… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 12 down to macOS 10.11
Windows 11 down to Windows 8

Mac
Intel, or Apple Silicon (except for AAX) architecture

PC
x64-compatible CPU

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

Downloads

With the Installation Manager you can select, download & install all the Plugin Alliance products. Select any and all formats you need for your system! Mac & PC.

ChangeLog

V76U73

NEOLD V76U73 - Changelog

Version 1.1 (Jun 15, 2022)
- Added Apple Silicon support
- Fixed automation issues in offline bounces / renders
- Fixed inconsistencies between buttons and indicator lights on macOS
- Added clickable labels

Version 1.0.1 (Sep 7, 2020)
- Fixed audio drop outs after extended periods of time
- Added trim feature between V76 and U73b modules ("Send")
- Updated manual to v1.0.1

Version 1.0 (Aug 7, 2020)
- Release version