Overloud Gem Comp LA

Revolutionary simulation of two legendary optical compressors - tube based and solid-state based

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Overloud Comp LA is the revolutionary simulation of two legendary optical compressors into a single plug-in. The 2A version is tube-based and delivers a warmer, harmonically rich tone. The 3A version is solid-state based and has a faster attack, cleaner tone.

OVERLOUD GEMS is a collection of top-quality plug-ins for both mixing and mastering. Overloud have put the best DSP algorithms and hardware emulation techniques available into each GEM and enriched these products with additional parameters and features, consistent preset management, A/B comparison and undo/redo support.

What makes Overloud Gem Comp LA different is the fact it's, based on electro-luminescent light coupled with a photoelectric cell, this has had a big success in the past and their character is still appreciated even nowadays.


  • Hyper-realistic simulation of the Opto-attenuator and of the dual-stage release curve.
  • Built-in Mid-Side Processing.
  • Built-in Parallel Compression.
  • User-controllable harmonic generation amount and metering.
  • LF sensitivity (R37) control.
  • User-selectable Ultra Oversampling mode.
  • Low CPU usage: more than 500 instances on a Macbook Pro Retina.
  • Multilevel undo-redo.
  • A/B Comparison.
  • Scribble Strips: take notes anywhere on the plugin panel.
  • Meter Calibration: calibrate the VU meters at 4 different sensibilities.

Comp LA extends the features of the original hardware: it combines the flexibility of the digital world to the sound character of the analog processing.

The 2A model has the electro-luminescent light powered by a tube, while the 3A uses transistors. Tubes can provide less current than transistors, so their response to attack transients is softer and has more harmonics due to the slight distortion introduced.

TWO MODELS IN ONE PLUGIN - Select the 2A (Tube) mode with a harmonically richer tone, and the 3A (Solid State) mode with a faster attack time and a more transparent tone.

HARMONIC CONTROL - You can control the amount of generated harmonics. Increase or reduce their content compared to the original behaviour and monitor its amount through the meter.

MID-SIDE AND PARALLEL - You can separately compress the Mono (Mid) and Stereo (side) elements of the track as well as enable the Parallel Compression without using external bus or MS matrix.

OPTO ATTENUATOR AND DUAL STAGE RELEASE - At the heart of the original unit there is a photo-cell coupled with an opto-attenuator, which are faithfully reproduced into the Comp LA plug-in.

The photo-cell provides a very natural dual-stage release which results in a very characteristic compression response, more transparent than that of other compressors:

  • 70 ms for first half of the release
  • 500 ms to 5000 ms for second half of the release (depends on first stage reduction)

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Effects Plugin

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System Requirements

Mac System Requirements 

  • Intel Core i3 1.4GHz
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 1280x800 video
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above are supported

Windows System Requirements 

  • Core i3 1.4GHz
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 1280x800 video
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows® 10 are supported

Supported DAW on macOS

  • ProTools 10.3.5 and above
  • Logic Pro 9 and above  
  • Cubase 6 and above
  • Ableton Live 6 and above
  • Digital Performer 7 and above
  • Nuendo 5 and above
  • MainStage 2 and above      
  • Garage Band 10 and above   
  • Final Cut Pro X 10 and above  
  • Studio One

Supported DAW on Windows 

  • ProTools 10.3.5 and above
  • Cubase 6 and above
  • Ableton Live 6 and above
  • SONAR X3 and Platinum
  • Digital Performer 7 and above
  • Nuendo 5 and above
  • Studio One