Tone Empire has announced the release of its new “Heavy Weight” VCA compressor Model 5000, a punchy hybrid compressor with controllable low end thrusting inspired by a famous American compressor and classic British console compressor.

Model 5000 is the second release in Tone Empire’s “Enhanced Classics” series, which was launched with the release of OptoRED last month.

This plugin brings the best of the 2 compressors to one single unit. This VCA compressor derives its compressor ratio, attack and release time from the British Model and brings a unique “KNOCK” circuit from the American compressor design. The user can truly get that punchy low-end side chain compression but with a low-end lift found nowhere else. This adds “weight” to audio material in just the right and desired way.

We also added a “TransX” input/output transformer option. When engaged, the TransX adds transformer coloration to the circuit, this brings a pleasing analog solid-state style saturation to the sound. The more the input gain, the more the drive. Since this compressor is meant to be pushed hard, we are also including up to 8x oversampling, allowing users to get a much better frequency response and peak detection. The more your CPU capability, the more analog you can make it sound. This is a user-selectable feature, choose from off, 2x, 4x, or 8x oversampling.

Model 5000 is on sale for the intro price of $49 USD (regular $99 USD). It supports VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats for Windows and Mac. The plugin comes with a free 15-day fully functional trial.

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