At AES 2018, trailblazing plug-in developer Acustica Audio and producer Greg Wells revealed their latest creation: the ‘El Rey’, a Greg Wells signature compressor plug-in. It’s the result of a collaboration between Studio DMI and Mr. Wells, a multiple Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and record producer whose credits include the likes of Adele, Dua Lipa, Keith Urban, Deftones and Katy Perry.
Greg Wells commented: “I have been working on it for the last several months and it sounds like I have my RCA compressor on an analog insert. I have never heard software sound like this.”
El Rey will be available as an AU/VST/AAX plugin for use with any major DAW. What do we know about the new compressor? Not a whole lot yet. It’s very obviously a vintage tube compressor with a rather simple layout – Input, Threshold, Make Up, and Blend controls. You can also control the Attack and Release parameters, as well as utilize a high-pass filter to tame some lows. There’s a bypass button, too, because can you really go without one?
The user interface is typical Acustica Audio in that the original hardware practically comes alive on your computer screen, rendered to what looks like an impeccable level of detail.
Greg Wells will give an exclusive sneak preview of the plug-in at the Mix With The Masters booth at the AES International Pro Audio Convention in New York. The official release date and price are yet to be announced. Personally, I’ll be thrilled to hear how this compressor sounds, knowing that the original unit may have graced some of my favourite music of all time.
We’ll update you with more on this plug-in when it becomes available…