Our latest vintage vari-mu compressor plug-in draws inspiration from the legendary Altec 436C tube compressor, renowned for its dynamic range and vintage warmth. Originally introduced in the 1950s, the 436C was quickly embraced by top producers for its versatile parametrization and its highly musical output. This iconic compressor's innovative circuit and distinctive sound went on to inspire other famous compressors, including the Fairchild and Manley vari-mu units.
This iconic piece of gear has a long list of impressive credits, such as legendary producer Geoff Emerick of Abbey Road Studios. He made use of the Altec 436C to lay the groundwork for many hugely significant recordings, including those of The Beatles, Herb Albert, and Frank Sinatra. The 436C then went on to establish itself in pop music studios across the US and Europe.
The OmniTec-436C plug-in flawlessly emulates the best features of this vintage compressor while modernizing them with our signature Black Rooster Audio twist; offering additional side chain filters, a dual mono/stereo link, limit mode and SC listen mode.
With its tube-based modeling, the OmniTec-436C has a highly musical quality that brings a smooth, mellow tone to your tracks, without ever overpowering a mix. Instead, it provides just the right amount of cohesion, giving your recordings the perfect amount of "glue."
The OmniTec-436C is the perfect tool to add that luscious vintage tone to your mix. Try it on vocals, strings, brass, or even synthesizers, and experience the vintage quality that stands the test of time.
"On master bus, the 436C is capable to gently compress and even out the sound before feeding it into the final limiter. It preserves the low end, can give it extra punch or tame those unnecessary heavy low end sparks. It is also highly usable on vocals, thanx to its transparent compression - it feels like the vocals keep their natural dynamic range while being more audible through the mix."
All Black Rooster Audio plug-ins are designed for high-performance and authenticity.
This plug-in was inspired by one of the finest vintage compressors, the Altec 436C, and includes the Black Rooster Audio twist that we’re known for.
The OmniTec-436C’s vari-mu stage was faithfully modeled after its hardware counterpart, accurately emulating its circuit and characteristics while delivering the warm and natural analog sound that you know and love.
The plug-in’s powerful sidechain filter allows you to filter the sidechain signal using high and low filters from 100Hz up to 20kHz for complete control. Additionally, you can employ the SC Listen Mode in order to listen to the isolated sidechain signal after filtering.
Gain precise control over the stereo image and density of your sound with the OmniTec-436C’s advanced stereo linking and parallel compression capabilities, and create a cohesive mix with ease.
DSP operations are pipelined using the SSE2 and Aplle Silicon instruction sets. This ensures a high-performance operation despite our plug-ins’ very complex computations.
The user interfaces support high pixel density on both Windows and Mac OS systems, giving you the most enjoyable user experience on high DPI displays.
Black Rooster Audio Plug-Ins (AAX/VST/AU) are compatible with all major digital audio workstations (DAW) and many more.
Unleash the power of the OmniTec-436C to effortlessly create
well-rounded, harmonious mixes that are bursting with character.
This versatile vintage vari-mu compressor plug-in accurately emulates
the characteristics of classic studio gear, with added modern features
for the ultimate user experience.
Breathe new life into your digital recordings with the magic of analog circuits, and none of the hassle of hardware gear - complete with our signature Black Rooster Audio twist.