Pulsar Audio and Plugivery Distribution have announced the availability of the Pulsar 1178 – FET Compressor plug-in.
FET compressors take their name from an electronic component called a Field Effect Transistor (FET), which is at the heart of the gain reduction system. These compressors generally offer a much faster action than other compression technologies (vari-mu, for example), and have a rather warm and rich sound character.
FET compressors do not usually have a threshold control, as the threshold is fixed. The compression level is adjusted by playing with the input gain of the compressor.
The plug-in recreates the capabilities of the 1178, a rare and expensive legend of the recording studio, acknoewledged as cleaner and more versatile than its older brother, the 1176.
The 1178, released in 1968, is a stereo version of the mythical 1176 (present in studios all over the world); however, it does not have the input transformer and the class-A circuitry present in the early versions of the circuit (this is revision H), which gives it less warmth, but more transparency and therefore more versatility, while keeping the legendary punch.
This versatility will enable you to use this character compressor on percussive elements (bass drum, snare drum), instruments such as guitar or bass, vocals (where it excels), busses (drums, guitars) or even as a master compressor.
Note that, as on the 1176, it integrates the famous “All-buttons” mode or “British” mode, which makes to possible a compression ratio close to a limiter, and most importantly, the characteristic musical distortion of this mode.
Pulsar’s software meticulously recreates the original hardware in its tonal color and compression character. But, they’ve also taken the Pulsar 1178 further, adding all the features you would expect from a modern, versatile tool, including :
Key features include:
- A full sidechain EQ
- Four types of saturation for even more distinctive tone
- Comprehensive digital metering to precisely control your dynamics
- Mid Side Processing
- Look-ahead and look behind options
- Presets from world-class sound engineers
- External side-chaining
- Smart and resizable graphic interface
- Up to 8X oversampling