Abbey Road Studios in London announces the release of its RS124 compressor plug-in ($560/TDM or $335/Native). It promises accurate emulations of three original RS124 hardware units from Abbey Road’s unique outboard collection, bringing the sound, look and functionality of the legendary audio equipment to all major Mac- and PC-based DAW systems.
The original RS124 valve compressors were introduced in 1960 and were in constant use at the studios throughout the decade. Abbey Road Studios states that “their warm, creamy sonic personality and unique features made them the compressor of choice for recording, mixing and mastering,” and a key part of Abbey Road Studios’ ’60s sound. Each unit was hand-built exclusively for Abbey Road, and the three units emulated by the plug-in are still in use at the studios today. The RS124 compressor plug-in models three of the best units from the Abbey Road collection using the original hardware and schematics with extensive listening tests taking place at Abbey Road under the guidance of Abbey Road’s director of engineering, Peter Cobbin. The plug-in is said to provide accurate software emulations of the original units, both sonically and visually, faithfully recreating their behavior and subtle sonic character.
Abbey Road has also created one of the world’s first dedicated Dynamics LCR plug-in, providing depth and versatility to the RS124 compressor plug-in experience by allowing users to “stack” all three units on top of one another.
The RS124 compressor plug-in is available for purchase exclusively from www.abbeyroadplugins.com. An iLok USB key is required.