AR-1 VINTAGE Mµ – Kush’s Warmest, Weightiest Tube Compressor

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Kush released the AR-1 – Vintage Mµ Compressor. It is a Variable-Mµ Compressor plugin with roots in Abbey Road and ‘50’s American Rock, made for lovers of Analog the world over.

AR-1 is a shifting-mu tube compressor whose origins are in the harsh sound of the rockin’ American ’50s, yet it possesses a posh, tea-sipping British image thanks to its use at Abbey Road Studios in the late ’60s. Prominently on the later Beatles and earlier Pink Floyd records. Kush painstakingly captured the sweet breakup of AR-1’s beefy tubes being driven into the dirt. Then joined more than a half dozen significant UI and functional enhancements. The resulting emulation is every bit as chunky as the original and 10x more flexible.

The real magic of AR-1 lies under the hood, with new algorithms that step Kush’s digital compressor technology forward. A common criticism about plugin compressors is that they’re “too fast”. Even when a plugin’s attack time is identical to the hardware, it generally sounds considerably different, resulting in transients that are extremely bright while lacking in low-end impact. Kush addressed this by obsessively tuning not just the speed, but also the taper of the attack and release. The result is a gentle beast that’s still capable of cooking a sound to a deliciously charred crisp. The typically overused audio marketing terms ‘Warm’ and ‘Smooth’ now really do apply.


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