15th April 2010
Abbey Road Plug-ins has announced the release of the RS124 Compressor, a new plug-in that provides accurate emulations of three original RS124 hardware units from Abbey Road's unique outboard collection, bringing the sound, look and functionality of the legendary audio equipment to all major Mac OS X and Windows DAW systems.
Peter Cobbin, Director of Engineering at Abbey Road Studios, said: "I have the privilege to use rare and vintage audio equipment at Abbey Road and in all my years of recording and mixing I have not heard anything quite like the RS124 compressor. If I could describe the sound of pure cream being drizzled slowly into and over a mix, then this might start to say something about the velvety and liquid rich sound of compression that the RS124 is known for. I am very excited about this release as the RS124 Compressor Plug-in looks, sounds and smells like the original."
The original RS124 valve compressors were introduced in 1960 and were in constant use at the studios throughout the decade. Their warm, creamy sonic personality and unique features made them the compressor of choice for recording, mixing and mastering. This is a key part of the sixties sound of Abbey Road Studios. Each unit was hand-built and exclusive to Abbey Road, and the three units emulated are still in use at the studios today.
The RS124 Compressor Plug-in modeled three of the best units from the Abbey Road collection using the original hardware and circuit diagrams with extensive listening tests taking place at Abbey Road under the guidance of Abbey Road's Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin. Both sonically and visually, the plug-in provides accurate software emulations of the three modeled units, faithfully recreating their behavior and subtly different sonic character. Abbey Road is also proud of the fact they have created one the worlds first dedicated Dynamics LCR plug-in, allowing users to 'stack' all three units on top of one another – as if you were in the studio.
In addition to what was found on the original units, users can enjoy a new surprise feature. This extra function is described as "wonderfully brutal and guaranteed to make your drums jump out of the speakers".
- Three authentic compressor models based on vintage Abbey Road units.
- Each model recreates the sound and behaviour of the hardware unit.
- Authentic replication visually and sonically of the original hardware.
- Tested and approved by Abbey Road Studios' Director of Engineering, Peter Cobbin.
- Added SuperFuse mode for more aggressive compression effect.
- Dedicated LCR version allowing Pro Tools HD users to 'stack' all three units on top of one another.
Pricing & Availability
The RS124 Compressor plug-in is available in TDM, RTAS, AU and VST formats for Mac OS X and Windows and is priced at $560 (TDM) and $335 (Native).
A free 10-day trial version can be downloaded. An iLok USB key is required.
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