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Overview

Called “The Mercedes of VCA Compressors”, the original hardware Vertigo VSC-2 Quad Discrete Compressor built its reputation largely on the four, custom hand built, discrete “1979” VCAs used in its design. The plugin version of the VSC-2 captures every nuance of the hardware version and puts it right into your digital audio workstation.

Quad Discrete VCA Compressor
The VSC-2 is Vertigo’s first plugin release, made in close cooperation with Brainworx, and based upon Vertigo’s “Big Impact Design”. The VSC-2 plugin captures all the fine nuances of this $6,000 flagship VCA compressor.

Although the VSC-2 was developed as a Stereo Bus Compressor, each channel provides a complete set of controls that also allows the VSC-2 to function as a dual mono device in recording and mix situations. Plus you get a mono version for mixing situations, of course.

Other unique and innovative features lie beneath the bonnet, such as the ratio, which increases with amplitude in “Soft” mode. In this mode, the ratio positively corresponds to increasing input level, “tip toeing” in smoothly.

Features

  • Threshold

Adjustable within a range of 48 dB.

  • Ratio

Variable from “soft mode” through compression ratios of 2:1, 4:1, 8:1 and 10:1 all the way to “Brick” mode.

  • Soft Mode: In soft mode the ratio starts at 1:1 and increases with input level up to 8:1. The compressor “tiptoes” into compression providing a nearly inaudible start of compression
  • Brick Mode: In Brick Mode the VSC-2 becomes an analog Limiter, effectively cutting off Signal Peaks at the set threshold.
  • Attack: 0.1 ms, 0.3 ms, 1 ms, 3 ms, 10 ms & 30 ms
  • Release: 0.1 s, 0.3 s, 0.6 s, 0.9 s, 1.2 s & Auto Mode
  • Make Up: Increases output gain to compensate for level reductions caused by the compressor settings
  • System A/B In: Allows you to bypass the VSC-2 A and B channels separately.
  • SC Filters: These switches control the sidechain filters. In the 60 Hz or 90 Hz positions, those frequencies will be largely ignored by the compressor. In the off position, the sidechain filter is removed from the circuit.
  • Stereo/Mono: Switches the VSC-2 between stereo and dual mono modes
  • Meters: The Gain Reduction Meters display the amount of gain reduction being applied to the input signal.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Robert L. Smith
    Robert L. Smith

    I just wanted you to know I have bought most of your plug-ins in the last few months. Your gear is truly amazing! Can't mix and master without them. Thanks so much for making these excellent… Read More

  • Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher
    Soundprank/Colin E. Fisher

    One of the best compressors I've heard, period. The way it responds to an incoming signal and shapes dynamics removes any doubt about whether a plugin can sound as good or better than… Read More

  • Tony Vincent
    Tony Vincent

    This isn’t just another compressor from PA. I compulsively use this compressor on everything from vocals to drum buss applications in MANY situations. Delicious transparency as well as… Read More

  • Jody Wisternoff
    Jody Wisternoff

    Extremely snappy, juicy little compressor. Great strapped over the drum buss, really slams.

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Vertigo VSC-2
    by famousbass
    My goto compressor for bass gtr, ac pno and ac gtr.
    I cannot hear any distortion on transients when I lay it on an ac pno recording. You can go very hard and it still sounds like vivid and… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    One of the best compressors
    by EirikA
    This one is glued to my drumbus.
    I was sold from the first time I heard it. From subtle to crush. It just works!
    Really works on acoustic guitars.
    Should be in every engineers… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Vertigo VSC-2
    by Piotr
    Great compressor! Absolutely not just like the other good compressor. It is its own kind.
  • ★★★★★
    Amazing
    by mdiazvelez
    Just an amazing tool to add character and no color to your mixes! I was looking for Vertigo emulations, and I love it. I knew hardware one... and this one meets and exceed my expectations.
  • ★★★★★
    Vertigo VSC-2
    by Sean Gillespie
    I have quite a few software compressors and this is easily the best when it comes to transparency. The VSC-2 controls dynamics in such an inconspicuous way. The "soft" setting fixes problems other… Read More

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host 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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