Top 5 Compressor Plugins

Top 5 Compressor Plugins


Here’s a list of our top five favorite compressor plugins we use daily to help craft our sounds!

Remember, these are our favorites (and in no particular order) so let us know yours as well!

Here’s our YouTube video on the same subject as well:


Number One: UA 1176 Blue Stripe

“Bluey” as mix virtuoso Chris Lord Alge refers to it is my go-to compressor for vocals, especially in a rock track. It brings the vocal right to the front of the mix and keeps it there. It also adds an excellent tonal character.

Number Two: UA Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

This compressor is my go-to for any source with low end. I have a send/return with the Shadow Hills comp in every session to glue the bass and kick together. It’s also excellent for beefing up thin vocals and voiceover tracks.

Number Three: Empirical Labs Arouser

The plugin version of the mighty Distressor plug in! I had four Distressor hardware comps, until designer Dave Derr came out with his software version.
It has way too many uses to list here, so get the demo and check it out!

Number Four: Waves CLA LA3A

A great comp for many sources when 1176 may be to heavy. Vocals, bass and always the go-to on electric guitars. It’s seems to always be on sale for
$29.99 too!

Number Five: Brainworx Vertigo VSC2

The hardware Vertigo unit was their take on a VCA SSL buss style comp. The plugin version is great and glues a track together like the SSL, but leaves a little less sonic character, in a good way!

That’s our top five favorite compressor plug ins. You can check the video for more details on YouTube:

We would love to hear any of your favorites, so feel free to let us know.
Thanks for your support !