Audified U73b Tube Compressor - First Look
The Telefunken U73b is a classic German broadcast compressor, renowned for its clarity and character. Very similar to the Fairchild 660 in design and use, it is an extremely highly regarded mastering compressor/limiter and is seen in high end mastering and post studios throughout Europe especially. It is what is called a ‘variable-Mu’ compressor, achieving gain reduction by shifting the bias levels of a vacuum tube and using the input signal strength to determine the amount of compression applied, which leads to very transparent and smooth dynamics control.
Audified is the first company to model this classic compressor/limiter, and has recently released a second edition of this plugin. In this ADSR First Look, Instructor Stephen Ellestad walks you through the basics of the compressor and its control, demonstrating it’s use and character on a variety of program material. If you are looking for a top end model of a classic piece of German studio equipment, the U73b is definitely worth checking out, and this video walks you through the basics of all controls and operation.
Audified’s U73b Tube Compressor is available for a 30 day free trial on Audified.com