16VU Compressor Limiter

Available to buy for SQ-5 SQ-6 SQ-7

Available as part of Compressor Pack I

Old-school. Forever cool. Legendary VCA-based RMS compression.

Old-school. Forever cool. Legendary VCA-based RMS compression.

Inspired by the performance and character of a legendary solid-state VCA compressor, the 16VU captures the spirit of this classic sound and serves it up within your SQ.

An essential addition to every engineer’s sonic arsenal, the original hardware was a mainstay of every recording studio from the late 1970s onwards and featured on countless classic albums, becoming regarded as one of the best drum compressors ever made. 16VU puts our recreation of this highly sought-after sound at your fingertips.

Can be used in place of any input or mix channel compressor with zero-latency.

Easy To Use

Simple Controls & Metering

Because the original hardware unit preceeded the era of progressive or ‘easy’ soft knees, 16VU offers a simple fixed knee, with a threshold ‘above/below’ indicator for easy visibility of compressor threshold setup.

The VU can show input, output or GR level selectively. The VU GR ballistics are well suited for gauging the amount of compression being applied to the track.

Again we have provided a fully flexible sidechain with filter for and phase coherent parallel path.

“The 16VU is a little less aggressive and works particularly well with acoustic guitars where you need to control the dynamic, it’s just perfect for that.”

John Cornfield, Producer and Engineer – Sawmills Studios
(Muse, Robert Plant, Supergrass, Athlete)