Overview

Vintage King USA calls it “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

  • 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 “tip-toes” 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.
  • 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

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Robert L. Smith

    Robert L. Smith

    Emmy Nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer (Lady Gaga, U2, Glee)

    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

    Anjunabeats, Armada, Enhanced Music

    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

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

    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

    Way Out West

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

Customer Reviews

  • Mixbus

    ★★★★★
    by Control Freak
    I wanted this plugin for quite a while after testing it and I have to say I am never disappointed with it. It has a very modern sound. It lives on my mixbus and I have yet to find a situation where… Read More
  • Vertigo VSC 2

    ★★★★★
    by PAPA WIZ
    SONICALLY, INTELLIGENTLY , WELL THOUGHT OUT AND CRAFTED, GET IT!!
  • VSC-2

    ★★★★★
    by Mike
    Very nice compressor. Up there with the best for sure. Very Versatille.
  • Clean with a lot of character

    ★★★★★
    by GN
    Such an easy to set compressor , so smooth and clean sound perfect for the mix bus or any of the other buses. Another great product, can fit many genres and work in most situations when a bus… Read More
  • VSC-2 the bus killer

    ★★★★★
    by Stereotactic
    Clean and transparent compression but with mojo/glue that no other can replicate.
    My Drum Bus Compressor.

Specification

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

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.9 through 10.13
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or most VST/VST3/AU-compatible hosts 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

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