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    LA-3A "Best vocal compressor!!"

    by J. Peltzer . 4 out of 5 stars

    I had the opportunity to A/B this compressor plug against many others and found this to be the best in terms of overall apparent loudness and forwardness in the mix. I set all of the compressors to operate to the same peak level, this was the one that stood out as being the best sounding within the parameters I had setup on this vocal track. Gets a 4 out of 5 only because I wish the display was a touch larger. The price is unbeatable for what you get with this plug-in, though. Amazing job UA!!!!!


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    dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter Plug-In

    by T. KARIM . 4 out of 5 stars

    I'm Happy with this great comp you can use it for drums or Vocal just a little problem some times with attack (Click) but you can fix it with Spl Transient design .


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    Loop Master

    by K. Markle . 4 out of 5 stars

    After demoing this on a bunch of loops, it felt like the best solution to really pump up drum loops for use in EDM production.


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    Great tool for specific sources

    by M. Poncy . 4 out of 5 stars

    Fairchild has met all expectations has more color than some other plug-compressors [1176 or LA-2], so it either works or it doesn't depending on source. Really shines on upper piano, helping to square it in the mix. Also livens up voiceovers. Another great plug! Thanks UA!


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    Two knobs from heaven

    by L. FERNANDEZ . 4 out of 5 stars

    Needed the easyest compressor for my bass and more, my choice was the LA3A.
    Nothing's more simple than this one, nothing's more efficient than this...
    The sound's incredible.
    My bass is really happy, and i'm too.
    Just two knobs from heaven as the real one.
    Really excellent!!!


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    by D. Owens . 4 out of 5 stars

    A very good plugin on a variety of sources. I use it most on acoustic guitar and kick drum. It stays on kick almost all the time, because it really gives the kick some thump, if you adjust the DC bias properly. This used to be my go-to drum buss compressor, because it can have a lot of flavor and agression on the first time constant mode. However, you have to be careful, because there is a boost that happens while engaging this plugin in the upper mids that can cause cymbals to jump out and sound harsh. Also, the plugin will reduce the low end a little on whatever source you use it on.

    Depending on the voice, this compressor can do a great job. On some voices, I hear a smooth and thick sound resulting from a few db of GR. Sometimes, however, the singer's peaks sound "gabbed" in the wrong way (ie, the compressor lets go at a strange point.) A lot of folks favor this plugin on bass, but I have not found it useful there yet. On the mix buss, the same potential for problems exists as on the drum buss, but the FC can really provide some nice glue to the sound. I have found this plugin most useful on time constant one. I can't really find use for the others. Great job, UAD. I have found in most cases that UAD plugins have a "vibe" that others do not.


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    by R. Stubbe . 4 out of 5 stars

    It might sound strange but i only use this comp when i want more loudness. It's probably not fair because it can do a lot more. It's just that i personally love it for that quality. And i have other compressors i can use to reduce peaks.
    The sound is so familliar, i feel like a pro just by turning it on. (wow i sound great)
    My initial reason for buying it was the flexibility it gives for compressing left and right channels seperatley. But then i found out it can also compress the mono and stereo signal seperatley.
    To be honest i'm still learning how to use it effectively, but thats because i am a beginner. For now i use it's functions i know, and it does the trick. Never again will i have loudness problems. And i still have a lot of dynamic in my master track.


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    The Glue Factory

    by A. Dowling . 4 out of 5 stars

    A number of years ago, I spent time with the UAD-1 platform while recording and mixing an album. At that time, I recall being shocked at the quality of the Fairchild plugin, the distinct character it imparted, and the fluid restraint it could give to a drum or stereo buss. I have recently added the UAD-2 system to my own mixing studio and the Fairchild was my very first purchase. I have tried many native plugins in recent years and some are excellent but, I never did find a compressor that affected me the way the UAD Fairchild did on that project. I was delighted to discover that the UAD Fairchild is still as impressive as I remember. There is certainly a quality to this plugin that cannot be found anywhere else in the digital world.


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    The Leveler of choice!

    by K. Markle . 4 out of 5 stars

    Such a simple plugin for such huge results. i love cranking these up and putting them in series!


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    Good and useful plugin

    by S. Nataraja . 4 out of 5 stars

    I hope you bring the prices down on all your plug-in it would make it affordable and realistic for a customer to buy. Your products are great support it with good pricing.


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    Good and useful plugin

    by S. Nataraja . 4 out of 5 stars

    I hope you bring the prices down on all your plug-in it would make it affordable and realistic for a customer to buy. Your products are great support it with good pricing.


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    Different beast

    by M. Laws . 4 out of 5 stars

    This is nice, but when side by side to the la2a it's not as character filled - I guess it's a subtle difference that's lost on me, but still has it's uses for elements that you don't want smothered.


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    simple and fast learning

    by P. Jorge Ferreira De Matos . 4 out of 5 stars

    Surely it misses what MKII versions now can do, making the sound creamier, but just for compression you got the job done fast with simple operation; you learn quickly how to work with it and it's low DSP usage make you use it a lot across your projects..


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    Good but very 'solid state' sounding

    by G. Piazza . 4 out of 5 stars

    I avoided this one for a long time, feeling that I can get similar results with the Voxengo Crunchessor or Sonnox Dynamics. Both are warmer; the dbx has a thin 'solid-state' sound, much like the old 166 I have.
    Still, that is a unique palette, so I finally got it on sale.
    Nice transient pop and good for parallel compression.
    If you are trying to decide between it and the API Vision, the API is the hands down winner (the Neve is also great). If you have the scratch and love the dbx sound, get it.
    I never set the ratio higher than 2.5:1.


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    Deserves a look

    by S. Hope . 4 out of 5 stars

    Got this on sale over Christmas without demoing. Really pleased with it now. I like it on bass or in series with some of my other compressors. Dsp hit is low for how nice it sounds. Great addition to my toolbox.


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    Super versatile Compressor....

    by R. Andersen . 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Compressor with lots of creative use. Very happy I got this one in my bag!


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    I really like this little monster

    by H. Zwarts . 4 out of 5 stars

    It is one of the first Uad plug ins and still one of the best.
    I would like to see this plug jn gets a GUI update but it still sound amazing.
    I use it on bus groups, vocals and guitars.


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    Smooth and adds life

    by M. Panagaris . 4 out of 5 stars

    I have used other fairchild plugins in the past and i can say this one breathes life into your track. Plenty of control over the plugin, the bias control is a big plus giving you that extra control that some other plugins do not. Only giving 4 stars because the new Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection is out and that has a bit of an edge over this one from initial testing, otherwise it would of been a 5.


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    Fairchild

    by A. Lawson . 4 out of 5 stars

    This guy does that Fairchild thing, it really doesn't even touch my quad card, I feel I could put these on for days. Great on the drum, gtr, mix buss, this plugin is a win..


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    Fairchild

    by A. Lawson . 4 out of 5 stars

    This guy does that Fairchild thing, it really doesn't even touch my quad card, I feel I could put these on for days. Great on the drum, gtr, mix buss, this plugin is a win..


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