Pulsar Audio Mu -
Vari-Mu Compressor Plugin
The most faithful emulation of a modern yet legendary tube compressor/limiter – perfect glue for mixing and mastering.
An industry-standard tube compressor
There are several reasons to use a variable-bias tube compressor. One is the exceptional compression transparency that this kind of compressor can achieve, even when pushed into extreme gain reduction. Another – and perhaps the most common - is their ability to add cohesion or "glue" to buses, whole mixes, and masters.
Unfortunately, the original hardware is expensive and difficult to integrate with "in-the-box" workflows. Software emulations exist but most owners of the hardware agree that they cannot be compared to the original unit, as there’s always "something" missing.
With its unique Topology Preservation Technology, Pulsar Mu sounds objectively identical to the hardware in every production context, and even makes improvements such as an increased signal-to-noise ratio.
Improving on a classic
Pulsar Mu is a stereo compressor operating in either Left/Right or Mid/Side modes, designed with mixing and mastering applications in mind, but also flexible enough for tracking. It can be used for leveling, limiting, or just to add a bit of analog warmth with its emulated tube signal path.
While reproducing the accurate SIFAM metering of the original unit, Pulsar Mu also provides a more modern visualization mode for fine-tuning compression settings, representing the waveform and gain reduction both over time and instantaneously.
Pulsar Mu also offers various options that apply to the sidechain signal. A popular mod of the original device was to add a high-pass filter, but Mu goes even further, offering a more complete equalization section, enabling to precisely adjust the compressor’s response to bass, mid-range, and treble using only four knobs.
Another addition is the possibility of advancing (look-ahead) or delaying (look-behind) the sidechain signal. This enables you to take ultimate control over transients, letting the compressor start to react before they happen, over even after they happen, opening up all kinds of creative uses.
How does it sound?
Transparent but Musical
The most classic use of Mu is in mastering: it brings the discreet "polish" and "glue" to subtly warm up any mix. It can be used either transparently as a leveler (with long attack and release), as a compressor to add glue (slow attack with fast release), or as a limiter (fast attack and fast release). Using Mu in Mid/Side mode gives you another way to increase stereo image, or to curtail an overly wide mix.
Pulsar Mu can quickly create the “glue” needed for cohesive drum buss processing, while still respecting transients – even those of a kick drum. Depending on the chosen gain reduction and release time, it can restore the room ambience essential for certain styles of music – especially when used as a parallel compressor.
On an acoustic guitar, with a relatively low gain reduction setting, Pulsar Mu creates a nice organic groove, while respecting the transients of the instrument. This subtlety is useful for livening up a dull, stiff guitar track, giving it edge and personality.
Pulsar Mu can give body and consistency to thin snare drums sounds, even while preserving their transients, which are essential for helping them break through the mix. When pushed a little harder, Mu can help you recover sustain, harmonics, or even ambience.
Pulsar Mu sounds particularly good on vocals – especially with fairly high input and medium attack and release. It gives them the analog-style warmth to help them sit naturally, even in a dense mix.
Topology Preservation Technology
Look Ahead, Look Behind
Flexible Sidechain Equalizer
Low CPU Consumption
- MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion - 11.1 Big Sur
- Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 (all 64-bit only)
- Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
- 4GB RAM or more
- 1GB free storage space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
- 1024x768 screen resolution or higher, 1920x1080 recommended
- 60Hz refresh rate or higher
- Mac: AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3 (all 64-bit only)
- Windows: AAX Native, VST2, VST3 (32 and 64-bit)
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