Plugin Alliance and NEOLD have resurrected the famed Telefunken V76 preamp and U73 compressor/limiter and combined them in the new V76U73 channel strip plug-in. Here’s your chance to add emulations of two timeless classics to your DAW.
Plugin Alliance NEOLD V76U73
The Telefunken V76 preamplifier and U73 compressor/limiter are two of the most sought-after pieces of vintage analog studio gear. Designed in the 1950s in Germany, they’ve now been all but snatched up by high-end studios and collectors, which means you’d have to spend a fortune to get your hands on the originals – if you can find them at all.
Developer NEOLD, part of the Plugin Alliance network, presents a much more affordable alternative. Their new V76U73 channel strip plug-in is a virtual rack that contains emulations of both the V76 and U73. The plug-in was designed by some of the same people who developed the Elysia Phil’s Cascade saturation and coloration plug-in, the company says.
According to NEOLD, the V76U73 plug-in is an accurate emulation of the two vintage classics at the component level. The company says that it sought to preserve the simplicity of the originals, while adding some features and optimizations that are only possible in software.
The V76 tube preamplifier is famous for its rich low end and smooth high end. The U73 tube compressor/limiter is sometimes nicknamed the “German Fairchild” and is cherished for its smooth variable mu dynamic control.
NEOLD has added a couple of careful enhancements to these emulations. The V76 features a linear button, which optimizes the preamp’s frequency response while preserving its character, the company claims. They’ve also added a side chain filter, mix knob and stereo mode to the U73 compressor, which should make it more flexible and useful in a modern production context.
Price and compatibility
The Plugin Alliance NEOLD V76U73 channel strip plug-in is now available for an introductory price of USD 199. The regular price will be USD 249. If you subscribe to the Plugin Alliance Mix & Master or MEGA bundles, you’ll receive the plug-in as a free download. A free 14-day trial version is also available.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in AAX, VST, VST3 and AUformats.