The new bar in optical compressor realism
Embark on a sonic journey with Opal, a groundbreaking emulation of the iconic optical compressor. Opal unveils the true essence of the T4 optical cell, faithfully reproducing the program-dependent dynamics and nonlinearities that shaped countless recordings, and carries the design forward with a modern feature set.
UVI Opal | Hardware
With 7 handpicked hardware units sourced from high-end studios around the world, Opal delivers an impressive range of unique sonic signatures, all with unrivaled accuracy.
Experience vintage authenticity, advanced features, and pristine sound quality in Opal - the evolution of vintage dynamics.
The science of sound
Opal's journey began with a relentless pursuit of authenticity. Our team employed advanced physical modeling techniques to capture the essence of these renowned optical compressors, creating our own innovative model that is truthful to the original hardware.
By meticulously studying the original hardware units and leveraging the principles of port-Hamiltonian systems theory, we unraveled the intricate program-dependent dynamics and nonlinearities that define the optical compressor’s iconic sound. This rigorous approach ensured unparalleled accuracy and a faithful representation of the vintage hardware.
UVI Opal | Circuit
Advanced modeling
The heart of Opal lies in its precise modeling process. We meticulously measured and analyzed seven distinct hardware units, each sourced from a celebrated studio in an iconic city. By examining each circuit stage we were able to isolate the characteristics that give these units their unique sonic personality.
Through a combination of nonlinear programming and reverse engineering, we carefully calibrated our models to match the behavior of these revered hardware units. Unlocking the specific dynamic characteristics of each optical cell allowed us to reproduce their behavior with astonishing fidelity.
Performance, optimized
To achieve real-time usability without compromising on authenticity, we employed innovative reduction and pre-resolution techniques. Our model, based on the rigorous analysis of circuit schematics and direct measurements, was carefully streamlined to maintain computational efficiency while preserving the intricate interplay of components.
Through skillful simplifications and expert craftsmanship, we condensed the complexity of the original circuit into a robust and efficient simulation. The result is a faithful reproduction of each compressor’s dynamic characteristics that responds with lightning-fast precision, empowering you with both unmatched realism and efficient performance.
Modern features
Opal includes a range of modern features that expand the compressor’s sonic possibilities, and enhance the user experience. From the responsiveness of the optical cell to the versatility of sidechain input, you’ll find a wealth of useful tools at your fingertips.
UVI Opal | GUI
Take advantage of the advanced makeup drive, frequency response correction, and external sidechain capabilities to tailor your compression with precision.
Faithful emulation, modernized features
The result is a vintage-inspired compressor that seamlessly integrates into modern workflows, firmly delivering the best of both worlds.
Experience the legacy, embrace the future
Immerse yourself in unparalleled accuracy and dynamic control of 7 meticulously modeled optical compressors. With a unique blend of vintage authenticity and modern features, Opal is your key to shaping rich, musical soundscapes with unprecedented hardware realism.
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Also included in The Effects Bundle
Get Opal and an incredible collection of powerful and creative effects ready to elevate your productions! The Effects Bundle delivers advanced DSP, innovative features, and more, all at a tremendous value.

SPECS

LICENSING

3 activations per license on any combination of machines or iLok dongles

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
  • 300 MB of disk space (Mac Installer: 271 MB ; Windows64 Installer: 233 MB)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    - MacOS 10.14 Mojave to macOS 14 Sonoma 
    - Windows 10 to Windows 11
  • iLok account (free, dongle not required)
  • Internet connection for the license activation
COMPATIBILITY
Supported Formats: Audio Unit, AAX, VST, VST3
Tested and Certified in: Digital Performer 8+, Pro Tools 2019+, Logic Pro X+, Cubase 7+, Nuendo 6+, Ableton Live 8+, Studio One 2+, Garage Band 6+, Maschine 1+, Tracktion 4+, Vienna Ensemble Pro 5+, Reaper 4+, Sonar X3+, MainStage 3, MuLab 5.5+, FL Studio, Bitwig 1+, Reason 9.5+

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Reviews

UVI Opal | Andrew Scheps
"Opal is a new take on an old classic. The flexibility and sound are great, making it a worthy addition to my compression arsenal."
Andrew Scheps
Grammy-award winning Recording Engineer, Mixer & Producer
(Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Alanis Morissette, Limp Bizkit)
UVI Opal | Braddon Williams
"I used to use a vintage Teletronix LA-2A in all of my recording and mixing sessions and absolutely love the sound of those units. With Opal, it’s easy to tap into that sound, but also take advantage of some fantastic new features. I especially love being able to experiment with the different models that are available."
Braddon Williams
Producer & Engineer
(Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Toni Braxton)
UVI Opal | Dave Isaac
“Opal has become one of my favorite compressors in my channel strip selections. Incredibly easy to use, and it feels good in the mix.”
Dave Isaac
Grammy-winning Producer & Engineer
(Prince, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Madonna)
UVI Opal | Maor Levi
"Opal is an incredible transparent-sounding beast, I love It on Drums and Vocals, it's easy to dive into and get results swiftly, and the GUI is stunning which makes It instantly familiar."
Maor Levi
Producer & DJ
(Steve Aoki, Major Lazer, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta,
Above and Beyond)
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User Testimonials

"This LA2A is very musical. Made a shootout - this is something new. It is very flexible in settings and very easy to use. Bravo UVI."
LielArts, Gearspace
"This sounds exactly how i expect an analog compressor to sound. It's perfect. And the fact its so simple. This is a dream."
buckycore, YouTube
"Giving different modes of La2A is something cool and unique. Great idea!"
Ivan.smjr, Gearspace
"As soon as Opal was released I got it, and I was very impressed with the features. This is fantastic! Gold tool!"
eddie3569, YouTube
"Wow, the responsiveness is a game changer."
MeanTrainingMachine, YouTube
"This sounds amazing!!!"
the_mixer, Gearspace

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