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Pulsar Audio - Pulsar 1178

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The most versatile FET compressor

A compressor that eats transients for breakfast, the 1178 is a rare and expensive legend of the recording studio, cleaner and more versatile than its older brother, the 1176. The 1178 has been used by great producers including Chris Lord-Alge (My Chemical Romance), Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera), Yvan Bing (Phil Collins) and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead).

Our 1178 software (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) meticulously recreates the original 1178 hardware in its tonal color and compression character.

But we’ve taken the Pulsar 1178 further than the original unit, adding all the features you would expect from a modern, versatile plug-in, including a full sidechain EQ for added control, an optional saturation stage for warmth and character, and precise metering.

Pulsar 1178 has afast and bright character, making it great for dealing with unruly transients in tracking and mixing. While these qualities make it the ideal choice to smash the transients of a drum room to get a nasty rocky bounce, the extended attack range also allows gentle dynamic contouring, and can provide unique mid-band definition and intelligibility on a vocal.

When it comes to compression, having more control over the sidechain signal can bring a mix to the next level. The dynamics of a drum groove hinge on how compression is triggered by both the kick drum and the snare. With Pulsar 1178’s full-featured sidechain EQ section, you can make each one hit just the right amount of gain reduction.

Keeping an eye on dynamics is key to a well balanced mix. Pulsar 1178’s accurate and modern metering section helps in this important task. Peak meters allow insight into overall dynamics; RMS meters let you monitor loudness and match levels; and a scrolling view helps visualize how the attack and release settings are affecting the gain reduction.

Add grit and drive to the usually-transparent 1178 with four flavors of saturation: Tape, Triode, Warm and Clip modes open up new ways of managing dynamics and spectral envelope. These modes are fully-integrated in the compressor’s gain reduction system, allowing a unique vibe, unachievable with pre or post saturations.

Key Features

  • A full sidechain EQ
  • Four types of saturation for even more distinctive tone
  • Comprehensive digital metering to precisely control your dynamics
  • Mid Side Processing
  • Look-ahead and look behind options
  • Presets from world-class sound engineers
  • External side-chaining
  • Smart and resizable graphic interface
  • Up to 8X oversampling
Andrea Lepori
Producer | Mixing Engineer

U2 | The Rolling Stones | St Francis Hotel

“Pulsar 1178 is one of the few plugins out there that you’ll want to try on every possible source material. With such a well calibrated output stage, totally non hyped, it allows every user to fell the sound of its compression straight away… And what a sound!”

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System Requirements

Protection Type
  • an iLok Dongle or iLok Cloud is required
Windows Requirements
  • Host application compatible with:
    • AAX Native plugins
    • VST plugins
    • VST3 plugins
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon or AMD Quad-Core minimum
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • Windows 7 with SP1 64 bit or above
  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • AAX Native (Windows: 32/64 bit), VST 2.4 (Windows: 32/64 bit), VST 3 (Windows: 32/64 bit) compatible host DAW
Mac Requirements
  • Host application compatible with:
    • AAX Native plugins
    • Audio-Unit plugins
    • VST plugins
    • VST3 plugins
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • Mac OS 10.8 and above
  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • AAX Native, Audio Unit, VST 2.4, VST 3 compatible host DAW (64-bit only supported)

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