In this review Mike takes a look at the new version of this U73b emulation from Audified of an old German hardware compressor limiter unit that found favour in German broadcasting and further afield in vinyl mastering. Watch the review and see how Mike got on with it.
What Is New In The Audified U73b v2 Plugin?
Audified’s all-new U73b Compressor stands out from its predecessor released back in May 2015 with an almost photo-realistic rendering of the hardware on which the plug-in is modelled. In addition there is now an area to display numerically editable parameters or menu functions and settings that are not available via the ‘modelled module’ — including Preset Loading and Saving, and a HPF switch.
Digging deeper still, Audified’s new version of their U73b Compressor now has true side-chaining to control the compression and improved processing with added adjustable Oversampling. When Oversampling is enabled, the internal plug-in processing runs at a higher sample rate than is set in the DAW to help reduce aliasing distortion that is always produced by nonlinear effect processing and also improve high frequency processing.
There is now an automatic gain control option (Auto) with Ein (on) and Aus (off) settings; and -9dB default Kalib. (calibration) setting to help translate the dBu settings on the original hardware unit and referring them to dBFS which is what DAWs like Pro Tools tend to use.
Version 2 of the Audified U73b plugin now has a language option so if you would prefer to have all the controls labelled in English, you can, as this is now a Preferences option.