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 $6,00m0 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jody Wisternoff

    Jody Wisternoff

    Way Out West

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

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent

    ★★★★★
    by Bob
    I'm convinced the VSC-2 is one of the best software compressors I've ever used. It compares quite favorably against many of my UAD comps, which surprised me a little. Brilliant for bus compression… Read More
  • Great VCA Comp

    ★★★★★
    by Alex Picciafuochi
    When it's time to throw precision punches, Vertigo is your boxer!
  • It's awsome

    ★★★★★
    by sul chung
    I love it
  • Versatile tool

    ★★★★★
    by Carambo
    Extremely useful in any situation, one of the best compressor in the market, will always sound good on any track or bus.
  • Vertigo VSC2

    ★★★★★
    by Drew Puzia
    This is the musical sounding and versatile compressor I have used period! I have almost every major release plugin out there and this one is my go to compressor for mixing. You draw color or… Read More

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

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ChangeLog

VSC-2

Vertigo VSC-2 - Changelog

Version 1.11 (Nov 06, 2019)
- General: Qualified for use with macOS 10.15 Catalina
- General: Qualified for use with Windows 10 November 2019 Update
- General: Fixed plugin validation in Logic under macOS Catalina
- General: Fixed preset name restore in Logic when reopening a session
- General: Fixed opening authorization dialog triggering automation
- General: Improved instantiation times for plugins
- General: Improved license functionality and branding for subscription
- General: Removed 32-bit support on macOS and Windows

Version 1.10 (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 1.9 (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 1.8 (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 1.7 (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

Version 1.6.1 (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 1.6 (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"

Version 1.5.4 (Jan 18, 2016)
- General codebase update
- Removing RTAS format support

Version 1.5.3 (Jul 18, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.5.2 (Jun 22, 2015)
- General codebase update

Version 1.5.1 (May 27, 2015)
- Fixed wrong installation path for 32-bit Win VST plugin version

Version 1.5 (Apr 14, 2015)
- Added AAX DSP format
- Added parameter displays
- Fixed GR metering

Version 1.4 (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)

Version 1.3.1 (Jun 28, 2013)
- fixed installer for 32-bit Windows

Version 1.3 (Jun 21, 2013)
- added support for Pro Tools 11
- licenser update: fixes and new features
- fixed automation with VST3 offline processing

Version 1.2 (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 1.1.4 (Jan 16, 2013)
- added support for high resolution displays (e.g. Apple Retina)
- licenser: improved Pro Tools activation

Version 1.1.3 (Oct 31, 2012)
- 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 1.1.2 (Jun 22, 2012)
- Licenser update: added toolbar and USB activation
- Fixed response issues in AU format

Version 1.1.1 (Jan 28, 2012)
- Resolved DAE/AAX AudioSuite incompatibility
- Fixed audio problems with certain licenses
- Fixed broken VST3 on Windows
- change company string to Plugin Alliance

Version 1.1 (Jan 2, 2012)
- Fixed crash in Reaper when changing channel configuration
- Fixed gain reduction meter on Pro Tools control surfaces
- Added AAX Native
- Added 64-bit support
- Added Plugin Alliance Licenser

Version 1.0 (Nov 11, 2011)
- Initial release