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CLA Classic Compressors

Classic compressors, revered by generations of engineers
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Mix with the King of Compression’s Personal Processors


Chris Lord-Alge’s big, aggressive mixes squeeze every ounce of power out of his compressors. Whether he chooses the CLA-2A’s sweet smoothness, the CLA-3A’s transparency, or the lightning-fast CLA-76 (blue or black), these classic processors provide the quality sound he demands.

Modeled from CLA’s personal collection of expertly maintained “golden” units, these outstanding plugins let you mix with the sound that has powered hits from Grandmaster Flash to Green Day.

  • Created in close collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge
  • Each compressor complements different genres and styles
  • Faithfully captures analog sound quality and warmth
  • Optional, subtle hiss and hum for total authenticity
  • Modeled from Chris Lord-Alge’s personal vintage hardware
  • All compressors include many of Chris’s favorite presets
Watch It in Action

Choose the Right Compressor—for Any Application

  • Go-To Analog Compression for Vocals and Beyond

    Renowned for wrapping vocals with silky-smooth compression, the CLA-2A is also a favorite for bass, guitar, and many other instruments—thanks to tube warmth, a sweet attack, and decays that are never choppy.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • The Solid Sound of the 70s

    The CLA-3A models the tight, punchy dynamics effects used for drums, bass, and guitar in high-end 70s studios. It combines solid-state circuitry’s fast attack with the gentle release of optical-based compression/limiting.

  • Rock Royalty’s Choice for Drums

    For drums, the CLA-76’s tight compression from program-dependent attack/release times, and the incendiary “all-button” mode, are unparalleled. Then, add harmonic distortion—for a muscular sound that erupts with power.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Double Your 1176 Options

    Two of CLA’s favorite versions, “blue” and “black,” have different gain stages, time constants, and harmonic distortion. But both have the lightning speed needed to handle transients with speed and accuracy.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Added Mix Knobs for Parallel Compression—and More

    You won’t spend hours tweaking the settings with any of these compressors. They’re truly plug-and-play—dial up the sound you want in seconds, including easy parallel compression with the added Mix control, and quick level adjustments with the added Trim control.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • A Rich Collection of Presets

    The collection includes presets based on CLA’s work with Foo Fighters, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Keith Urban, and more—as well as presets from superstar producers and engineers like Greg Wells.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers