Pulsar Audio Pulsar 1178
Protection Type
an iLok Dongle or iLok Cloud is required
Windows Requirements
  • Host application compatible with:
    • AAX Native plugins
    • VST plugins
    • VST3 plugins
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon or AMD Quad-Core minimum
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • Windows 7 with SP1 64 bit or above
  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • AAX Native (Windows: 32/64 bit), VST 2.4 (Windows: 32/64 bit), VST 3 (Windows: 32/64 bit) compatible host DAW
Mac Requirements
  • Host application compatible with:
    • AAX Native plugins
    • Audio-Unit plugins
    • VST plugins
    • VST3 plugins
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • MacOS 10.8 - MacOS 11.1 (Big Sur)
  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • AAX Native, Audio Unit, VST 2.4, VST 3 compatible host DAW (64-bit only supported)
The most versatile FET Compressor
Pulsar 1178 is the fruit of all Pulsar Audio's esteemed efforts, to create "the most versatile FET Compressor".

A compressor that eats transients for breakfast, the 1178 is a rare and expensive legend of the recording studio, cleaner and more versatile than its older brother, the 1176. The 1178 has been used by great producers including Chris Lord-Alge (My Chemical Romance), Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera), Yvan Bing (Phil Collins) and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead).

Pulsar's software meticulously recreates the original hardware in its tonal color and compression character. But, they've also taken the Pulsar 1178 further, adding all the features you would expect from a modern, versatile tool, including :

- A full sidechain EQ
- Four types of saturation for even more distinctive tone
- Comprehensive digital metering to precisely control your dynamics

Also :

- Mid Side Processing
- Look-ahead and look behind options
- Presets from world-class sound engineers
- External side-chaining
- Smart and resizable graphic interface
- Up to 8X oversampling

Details

About FET Compressors

FET compressors take their name from an electronic component called a Field Effect Transistor (FET), which is at the heart of the gain reduction system. These compressors generally offer a much faster action than other compression technologies (vari-mu, for example), and have a rather warm and rich sound character.

FET compressors do not usually have a threshold control, as the threshold is fixed. The compression level is adjusted by playing with the input gain of the compressor.

Note that, as on the 1176, it integrates the famous "All-buttons" mode or "British" mode, which makes to possible a compression ratio close to a limiter, and most importantly, the characteristic musical distortion of this mode.

Product Features

  • A full sidechain EQ
  • Four types of saturation for even more distinctive tone
  • Comprehensive digital metering to precisely control your dynamics
  • Mid Side Processing
  • Look-ahead and look behind options
  • Presets from world-class sound engineers
  • External side-chaining
  • Smart and resizable graphic interface
  • Up to 8X oversampling

Videos

1178 FET compressor Trailer Video
1178 FET compressor Trailer
00:01:26 by Pulsar Audio Feb 15, 2021
Pulsar 1178, a perfectly emulated and enhanced FET compressor in use in this mix. Fast, characterful and versatile, it is the ultimate control for modern mixes.
1178 Feature walkthrough Video
1178 Feature walkthrough
00:10:02 by Pulsar Audio Feb 15, 2021
This present presents the extensive features of a unique compressor that eats transients for breakfast. The 1178 is a rare and expensive legend of the recording studio, cleaner and more versatile...

Compatibility

OS : Mac OSX Mac OSXWindows Windows
Formats : AAX NativeAudio-UnitVSTVST3
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