In 1954, a truly unique compressor appeared on the scene: the U17. Created by Allgemeine Telefon-Fabrik in Hamburg for the NWDR broadcast network, only a few dozen copies of this iconic analog masterpiece were made, making it one of the rarest compressors ever made.
The U17 combines a solid-state diode bridge using germanium semiconductor crystals with all-tube and massive transformer-coupled amplification – the most complex hybrid design yet. The best of both worlds!
The original hardware was designed to provide soft and unobtrusive compression, and the plugin offers just that in the most beautiful way… but it also adds a couple of serious set screws, turning the gentleman into a true duplicitous.
The previous soft clipper adds nice coloration, taming heavy transients before entering a true compressor that can blend from soft and transparent to direct and aggressive with its powerful torque control. In fact, the U17 combines everything we love about the golden era of analog design with a very modern and proficient approach to dynamic processing.
Unique combination of a solid state diode bridge with transformer coupled all-tube amplification.
A flexible and easy to use soft clipper paired with a vintage compressor.
Torque control for blending from soft and clear to straight and aggressive.
Automatic modes for attack and release.
Sidechain monitoring button.