Tuco Compressor

(12 customer reviews)


Tuco is based on vari-mu tube technology with feedback topology. The clean, warm, and crisp sound!


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Tuco Tube Compressor

Tuco compressor is based on vari-mu tube technology with feedback topology. It can be clean, warm and crisp at the same time. Exhibiting subtle and natural compression at low amounts and plenty of punch at higher settings. And is an original Sonimus development, designed using analog modeling techniques.


TuCo Compressor GUI
Real Tuco Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Tuco is ideal for drums, vocals, or any tracking instrument and sounds great applied to a whole mix. Due to its “stereo modes” (Dual Mono, Stereo Vintage, Stereo Modern), it can be used for tracking, as well as for mastering.

Key Features

                  • All tube vari-mu design.
                  • Four compressor modes:
                    • Fast Attack Compressor.
                    • Slow Attack Compressor
                    • Fast Attack Limiter.
                    • Slow Attack Limiter.
                • Release knob with slow to fast settings.
                  • Auto Makeup Gain control.
                  • Three stereo modes: Dual Mono, Vintage Stereo, Modern Stereo.
                  • Mix control for parallel compression. (two modes).
                  • Output tube saturation controlled by a drive knob.
                  • A/B switch for a/b comparison.
                  • Presets system to create and edit both user and factory presets.
                  • Support for HQ screen resolution (Retina).
                  • Optimized for real-time usage.



Gustavo BornerGustavo Borner

“I like the approach of the TuCo, especially the drive, I’m already using it thoroughly on a new movie mix!”

Gustavo Borner
Winner of 11 Latin Grammys and 4 Grammys.

Sound On Sound TuCo ReviewSound On Sound


“Plug-in developers Sonimus are already well known for excellent emulations of analog EQs and consoles, but although their first compressor is based on a variable-mu tube circuit as used in the Fairchild 660 and 670, it’s not an emulation of those venerable units. Rather, Tuco shares some of their ‘analog’ sonic characteristics and adds a few useful features.”

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“…I use these plugins ALL THE TIME! Tuco compressor has found its way as a staple on my mix bus, and seems to add some magic dust to my drums… I have nothing negative to say, I love them…”

Grammy-nominated & Dove Award-winning record producer and engineer. Kelly Clarkson, Twenty One Pilots, Kutless, Megadeth, Disciple, MuteMath. Robert Venable www.robertvenable.com

Tuco Compressor In-depth

Compressor Mode

  1. Slow Attack Compressor
  2. Fast Attack Compressor
  3. Slow Attack Limiter
  4. Fast Attack Limiter

Stereo Mode

  • Mono: Processes a stereo input through a mono unit compressor
  • Stereo Vintage: Feeds the sum of both channels (left and right) into a single unit detector circuit, then applies the same “gain reduction” to each channel. This mode sounds open and wide.
  • Stereo Modern: Each channel (left & right) is processed independently. Combines the two gain-reduced channels into one, resulting in an equal gain reduction for both sides.
  • Dual Mono: Each channel is processed independently by two compressor units.

VU Meter Mode

  • Gain reduction Meter
  • Input VU Meter
  • Output VU Meter

Auto Makeup Gain

Auto Makeup Gain (AMG) compensates for volume drop resulting from compression. To activate AMG, click on the “Amount” label. AMG does not modify audio dynamics. Rather, it calculates a gain compensation approximation.

Mix Modes

The Mix Before Output Control: You can blend dry/wet without worrying about matching dry and wet signal volumes.
The Mix After Output Control: You must level the compressed signal using the “output knob” to achieve your desired dry/wet signal ratio.


  • Amount: Adjusts the amount of compression. Functions like a “threshold” control.
  • Output: Adjusts the compressor’s Make Up Gain.
  • Release: Adjusts the compressor’s release speed: 0: Fast, 10: Slow.
  • Mix: Mixes the “dry” uncompressed signal with the “wet” compressed one.
  • SC HP: Applies a High-Pass Filter to the side chain input signal (useful for bass guitars and/or bass drums).
  • Drive: Adjusts the amount of tube style saturation (When set to zero, saturation is bypassed).

Tuco compressor Specs

Supported platforms

Audio Unit, VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX. All platforms support both 32 and 64-bit operations.

Supported Operating systems

  • Mac OSX 10.8 or newer
  • Windows 7 or newer

Technical specifications

  • Sample Rate Support: up to 192 kHz.
  • Bit Depth: 64 bits (floating point).
  • Channels: Mono and Stereo.
  • Latency: Zero.

12 reviews for Tuco Compressor

  1. Jorik- Alphonia (verified owner)

    Les outils proposés par Sonimus ne m’ont jamais déçu. Tous les égaliseurs que j’utilise sont différents et vraiment efficaces.
    J’utilise depuis peu également le Tuco et le Satson channel et là encore, je suis très satisfait de les avoir à disposition.
    Prix abordables, efficacité, faible consommation du cpu, couleurs analogiques, transaction simple et légère…
    Les produits de chez Sonimus me conviennent parfaitement.

    Jorik- studio Alphonia

    The tools offered by Sonimus have never disappointed me. All the equalizers I use are different and really effective.
    I have also recently started using the Tuco and the Satson channel and here again, I am very satisfied to have them available.
    Affordable prices, efficiency, low cpu consumption, analog colors, simple and light transaction …
    Sonimus products suit me perfectly.

    Jorik- Alphonia studio

  2. John Fowler (verified owner)

    My name’s ‘NiceTime’ John Fowler. I’m a semi-pro producer and member of Dandelion Charm. I demoed TuCo a month or two ago because I read some great reviews online. I REALLY didn’t need any more plugins – especially compression – but I was intrigued (and it was on sale). With TuCo on my drum bus, I turned up the ‘amount’ knob, adjusted the output and release, then clicked ‘buy’. Simple. Sumptuous, squelchy, gluey, phat – all subjective words that we’ve all read time after time, but this compressor has gone straight to the top of the pile (and stayed there). Awesome. Thank you Sonimus.

  3. Andrea Falesi (verified owner)

    Andrea Falesi -TuCo
    In the search of a good and easy to use compressor I have tried so many comps in so many years, hardware and software. Some were good, expensive and not easy to use, some were cheap, easy but not so good, etc.
    Then was TuCo.
    End of the search.

  4. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent general purpose compressor.

  5. Andrea Falesi (verified owner)

    Greatest value for money in the plugins world!

  6. samy cisternas (verified owner)

  7. Matt Weeks (verified owner)

    Really versatile and really quick to get it working well too – fab little compressor

  8. Matthew (verified owner)

    Simple to use and great sound. Easy to dial in for punch and crunch on breaks, or add flavour in sound design.

  9. Eduard (verified owner)

  10. João G. (verified owner)

    Since I got it, it became a recurring tool for whenever I need a solo instrument to stand out in the mix without killing all the dynamics. But it’s functions don’t end there, being quite versatile with its different modes – it can also work nicely as a bus compressor. Like every other Sonimus plugin I own, it’s also starting to replace all those more expensive plugins that were hanging around my usual template (and sometimes I could not figure out why they were there the first time).

  11. Adey M. (verified owner)

    Another excellent plugin from Sonimus, their first compressor. I use this a lot on my drum buss, but the gentle compression is suitable on all instruments, I also tend to use it in conjunction with Britson, and Burnley 73 when tracking guitars and bass

    Lovely GUI, very simple controls, supported by a wide selection of presets that helps to provide a starting point for more bespoke settings. The automatic make up gain , internal sidechain control and the ability to use two modes of parallel compression are very welcome features.

    The warm analogue sound that is a hallmark of all Sonimus products is here in abundance

  12. Michael (verified owner)

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