Softube Intros VCA Compressor, A Virtual Effect Audio Plugin Inspired By Classic dbx

Softube VCA Compressor plugin has serious dbx appeal and is free for a limited time. This emulation of a classic ‘70s dynamics processor can currently be yours for nothing till end of March.

You may well be all sorted for classic compressor emulations – it’s not like there aren’t many of them – but if you’re not, Softube is currently letting you download its dbx-inspired VCA Compressor plugin for free.

Promising to deliver the punch of the 1970s model that it emulates, this can be used to give your sounds an audible, characterful boost, thanks to its hard knee compression curve and ability to add harmonic content in the gain stages.

The plugin version promises all the tone and features of the original, plus new ratios, parallel compression and detector filtering. There’s now a sidechain section, a dry/wet control and an output drive knob for dialling in even more special sauce. Other enhancements include a stereo link mode and a high frequency make-up feature.


  • VCA Compressor faithfully emulates a coveted compressor renowned for its signature snappy sound.
  • Versatile for adding warmth, weight, and cohesion to bass, guitars, and vocals, as well as achieving impactful, snappy snares or bold room channels.
  • Modern features include Drive, a Sidechain section, Stereo Link, High Frequency Make-up, and Dry/Wet controls.
  • Console 1-ready.
  • Included in the Icons: The Compressor Collection suite.

It runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats, and is also included in the company’s Icons: The Compressor Collection bundle.

The VCA Compressor is free until March 31, 2024 (normally $149) and can be downloaded now via the Softube website.


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