Apogee Electronics Opto-3A - FX Rack Vintage Compressor Plug-In (Version 1, Download)

Apogee Electronics Opto-3A - FX Rack Vintage Compressor Plug-In (Version 1, Download)

Apogee Electronics Opto-3A - FX Rack Vintage Compressor Plug-In (Version 1, Download)


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Product Highlights

  • Optical Compressor/Limiter Plug-In
  • Adjustable High-Frequency Contour
  • Sidechain High-Pass Filter
  • Dry/FX Mix, Assignable VU Meter
  • Large I/O Meters and Faders
  • Powered via Native CPU
  • DSP Powered via Select Apogee Interfaces
  • Multiple Routing & Monitoring Modes
  • Supports AAX, Audio Units, VST & VST2
  • Compatible with macOS
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Apogee Electronics FX_OPTO3A_RETAIL_V1 overview

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Version 1 of the Apogee Electronics Opto-3A is an FX Rack vintage-style compressor/limiter plug-in merging optical compression performance with straightforward controls and multiple powering, routing, and monitoring modes. It can be powered by your computer's CPU without Apogee hardware or via the DSP in Apogee Element Series or Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interfaces (available separately), making it ideal for producers, beatmakers, and audio engineers with mobile rigs or studio-based systems. When used with qualified Apogee hardware, it allows real-time printing through the Apogee Control Software, or low-latency monitoring while linked to a mirrored instance in your DAW.

With adjustable gain, peak reduction, and high-frequency emphasis, the Opto-3A offers versatility suitable for individual instruments, submixes, and stems. Utilize the dry/FX slider for simple parallel processing, and tweak the sidechain high-pass filter to prevent pronounced low frequencies from causing over-compression. View and manage your gain staging via large I/O meters, an assignable VU meter, and dedicated input and output faders. The Opto-3A supports AAX, Audio Units, VST, and VST2 plug-in formats on macOS-equipped computers.

Opto-3A Features
  • Optical compressor/limiter with vintage-style controls and tone
  • Reproduces the reactive compression characteristics of modeled hardware
  • Adjustable high-frequency emphasis via HF Contour control
  • Sidechain high-pass filter
  • Sidechain listen function
  • Adjustable gain and peak reduction
  • Dry/FX mix for simple parallel processing
  • Runs on native CPU power or via Apogee hardware DSP in Element Series and Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interfaces
  • Selectable comp/limit mode
  • Assignable VU meter and peak LED can display output or gain reduction
  • Large input and output meters
  • Dedicated input and output faders
FX Rack Features
  • Native Mode: Use Apogee FX Rack plug-ins like any standard native plug-in in your Mac-based DAW without Apogee hardware connected
  • Print Mode: Apply Apogee FX directly to the Apogee hardware input—open the FX Rack in Apogee Control, apply the desired processing, then record—FX processing is printed to your DAW track
  • DualPath Monitor Mode: Upon opening a native Apogee FX Rack in your DAW (and linking it to an Apogee hardware input), a parallel FX Rack is automatically opened in the low-latency monitoring path; changes made in either plug-in are instantly mirrored to maintain a consistent sound
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Apogee Electronics FX_OPTO3A_RETAIL_V1 specs

System Requirements macOS 10.12.6 or later
4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
Free Pace iLok account (physical iLok not required)
Host software that supports AAX Native, Audio Units version 2, VST, or VST2 formats
Tested and supported DAWs include Apple Logic Pro X, Avid Pro Tools 12 and later (Pro Tools 11 and earlier not supported), Ableton Live 10, and Steinberg Cubase 9.5 with VST or VST2 (VST3 not implemented)

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