Classic British Compressor.


Comp 609 Immersive Dynamics

Red Rock Sound Comp 609 recreates sound of the hardware compressor from ’70s. This dynamics processor packs a recognizable musical punch heard on countless records around the world. Designed from the ground up for fast, efficient work on mid/side, stereo and the objects, the beds (fixed channels) of immersive mixing environments.

Latest Versions

AAX version 4.0.2 (Feb 20, 2024)
AU version 4.0.2 (Feb 20, 2024)
VST2 version 4.0.2 (Feb 20, 2024)
VST3 version 4.0.2 (Feb 20, 2024)

AAX version 4.0.0 (Jan 9, 2024)
VST2 version 4.0.0 (Jan 9, 2024)
VST3 version 4.0.0 (Jan, 2024)


USD 99
USD 19



Fx Selection
This module allows you to select a compressor from four available. The compressors are arranged in series, this allows you to process channels with different compressors. For example: the first compressor is only the mid channel, the second compressor is only the side channel, the third compressor is the left and right channel. For multi-channel modes: the first compressor is only the left and right channels, the second compressor is the center channel, the third compressor is the LFE, etc.

You can rename Fx Buttons for ease of use. To rename the selected Fx button, right-click on the button.

In order to turn on the solo (listen) of the compressor, double-click on the selected compressor number. The compressor in solo mode glows yellow, to exit solo mode, double-click again. For two-channel modes, only one compressor can be solo mode. For multi-channel modes, one or more compressors can be soloed.
To bypass compressor processing, press the selected compressor number one click + shift.

You can also copy all compressor settings to another compressor. To do this, select the compressor from which you want to copy the settings, then click on the copy button, then select the compressor to which you want to copy the settings.

Input Routing
Input Routing lets you choose between 44 common channel setups, starting from Stereo up to 7.1.4 and 9.1.6. Simply select in the input routing module the channel setup that fits your track.

You can also create your own input routing profiles. 16 independent channels are available.

Click on the edit button next to the input routing selection display. Hold down the shift button and select the desired number of channels. Name selected channels in order. Then click save and name the profile.

Channels Selection
In this module, you can select (activate) the channels that the compressor will process.


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Threshold determines how much compression will occur. When the input signal exceeds the threshold level, the compressor engages. A smaller value results in more compression. The available range is from -20 dB to +12 dB.

Attack determines how fast compression will engage when the signal exceeds the compressor threshold. The available values are 1 "fast”; 2; 3; 4; 5 and 6 “slow”, selectable in discrete increments.

Recovery (Release)
Recovery is the time it takes for the compressor to stop processing after the signal drops below the threshold value. The available values (in milliseconds) are 40; 80; 100; 400; 600; 800; 1sec; 1,5 sec; and 2 sec.

This control determines the compressor ratio. The available values are 1.5:1; 2:1; 3:1; 4:1; and 6:1; selectable in discrete increments.

Comp. In (Compressor in)
This toggle switch enables the compressor section of the plug-in. The compressor has no effect unless this switch is set to the “compress in” (down) position.


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SC Filter (Sidechain filter)

This knob controls continuously variable shelving filter circuit in the compressor input. The sidechain filter allows removal of low-frequency content from the control sidechain, reducing excessive gain reduction and/or “pumping” on bass-heavy audio signals without reducing bass content of the audio signal itself.
Note: The sidechain filter only acts on the sidechain signal. While it can produce an audible change in dynamics behavior, it does not act directly on the signal that is output from the plug-in.
At the fully counterclockwise position, the filter is defeated, and does not affect compressor behavior. As the HPF knob is rotated clockwise, the filter is engaged and its frequency sweeps between 30-240 Hz, allowing for a wide range of relationships between bass level and gain reduction.

Input (Input Gain)
Input Gain controls the signal input level to selected compressor. The available range is -20 dB to +20 dB.

Saturation controls the level of harmonics added to the signal. Saturation will not increase gain, just harmonic distortion. The distortion is mild and adds some coloration.

Makeup control increases the signal level out of the compressor to compensate for reduced levels as a result of compression. The available range is -20 dB to +20 dB. This control does not affect the amount of compression.

Sat. On (Saturation on)
This toggle switch enables the Analog Saturation. The saturation has no effect unless this switch is in the «On» (down) position.


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Gain Reduction Meter

The Gain Reduction Meters indicate the amount of gain reduction that is occurring in dB.

Mix (Dry/Wet)
The output balance between the signal processed by selected compressor and the original dry source signal can be adjusted with Mix control. Mix facilitates parallel compression techniques without having to create additional routings in the DAW.

Volume Unit Meter (VU meter)
The Volume Unit Meter display signal levels of selected compressor. The Meters can be switched to display input or output levels, the switch is located on the side of the VU meter.
Reference Level calibrates the VU meter to the DAW’s reference level. When reference level is set to “-14” then a -14 dBFS reference tone will equal 0 dB VU on the meter. Therefore, there will be 14 dB of headroom between 0 dB VU and digital clipping. Raise or lower the Reference level setting by knob on the front of the VU meter. Range: -4 dB to -24 dB, step 2db.


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Global Input Gain
Main Input Gain controls the overall input level of the plug-in input, before all fx modules.

Macro Control
In the studio, when working with hardware devices, they often turn knobs with both hands; on
a computer with one mouse, this is difficult to do, so we tried to implement something similar
using the Combo knob.
For convenience and speed up work, you can bind several parameters to one macro

For example: Link the Hi Gain parameter from all 4 «Fx selection" (The Fx selection is
located in the upper right corner of the plugin) to one
macro controller and control them all at the same time. Or bind two different parameters to
one controller, invert one of them and boost the lows and lower the highs using only one
macro controller. There are many possible uses, just try this.

To bind parameters to a macro controller, click on the Macro button.
Note: To rename a Macro button, right-click on the button and enter a
new name.

When the Macro button is active, additional parameters appear for
those controllers that can be controlled.

Select the parameter you want to control, it has 4 controllers, they correspond to the «Fx
selection" numbers (The Fx selection is located in the upper right corner of the plugin), select the one you need.
Adjust the parameter control sensitivity, right is positive
value (blue color), left is inverted (red color), To return
the knob to position 0, click twice. To return the knob to
position 0, double-click with the left mouse button.

AGC (Auto Gain Control)
To activate the Auto Gain Control mode, click on the AGC switch.
Below is located Compensate display that after a while will show you the level difference. Click on it to compensate for the difference.

Auto Mode
Click on the "AUTO" switch to turn it on. If the gain difference is bigger than the "gain tolerance" then the AUTO LED becomes yellow and the plugin actively adjusts the gain (you'll see the knob slowly rotating).
Note: For more detailed settings of the AGC mode, go to "Global Preferences".

Global Output Gain
Main Output Gain Main Output Gain controls the overall output level of the plug-in output, after all fx modules.

Undo and Redo functions allow undo and redo of changes made to the plug-in parameters.

A/B buttons allows you to load two independent settings and compare them quickly.

Preset Display
Factory presets are included in the plug-in installation, installed in the following locations:
Mac: Users\[user name]\Music\Red Rock Sound\RRS Comp609\Patches
Windows: C:\Users\[user name]\Documents\Red Rock Sound\RRS Comp609
You can save the current Comp settings as the Default preset. - Full Reset – is the default preset
Load button allows loading of presets not stored in the locations described above.
Save button allows for save of user presets.

OS x_ activates 2x, 4x or 8x oversampling, 1x disables oversampling.
(note that when the HQ mode is on, CPU will be loaded more than usual).
HQ mode (HQ)
HQ mode is for oversampling, it adds a higher order antialiasing filter. It improves processing quality, but also leads to an increase of the CPU load.

Global Preferences
Button opens Global Preferences menu.

By default, the RMS time (the averaging time for loudness calculation) is set to 2 sec. You can change it from 0.6 sec to 10 sec when the time indicator is displayed.

This means that the signal is not processed (Flat) or filtered before measuring.
This means that the signal is filtered (K-Weighted) before measurement (it's used by default).

It is useful when you're in AUTO mode and your track has silent areas.
By default when "Suspend comparison" is enabled and the signal is very low, the plugin will not perform any activity (will not compare levels, cause the signal is too low, and will not adjust the gain in the AUTO mode).
By default the threshold for "suspend comparison" is set to -60 db.

Auto gain tolerance (the amount of gain difference that makes AUTO active).
The right value is the maximum value of gain that AUTO can apply.
Maximum Positive or Negative Gain Adjustment
Use separate limits for gain adjustment allows you to set negative and positive auto limits independently. This way you can have AUTO adjustments ranging (for example) from -20 to +10 dB, or from -18 dB to +4dB, etc.

D3D / OGL / CPU (Windows)
This switch allows you to choose between GUI rendering engine:
Normally, no need in switching rendering mode manually, plug-in try to initialize D3D9 then OGL (if D3D9 failed) and CPU (if OGL failed) automatically. But if you have problems with the GUI, you can manually switch and test different rendering methods at work.
This switch is available only in the Windows version of the plugin. For the Mac version, this is not necessary.
Note: Drivers of some video cards (for example, Intel Arc A380) in D3D mode adversely affect the plug-in (periodic noise or whistle), if you encounter a similar phenomenon, use OGL or CPU.

SIMD optimization
This switch enables or disables SIMD optimization, it can be used by multichannel processing with high oversampling. It is undesirable to use in mono and stereo modes, SIMD only slows down the plug-in due to the overhead of splitting the data for optimization.
(Currently in beta testing)
- In the ARM version, you can enable or disable NEON; - In the Intel version, you can enable or disable SSE2.
SIMD Windows
- In the Intel version, you can enable or disable AVX (if supported), or SSE2.
The Windows version has a limitation: if the CPU does not support FMA, then the optimization will not work, even if AVX or SSE2 is supported.
Note: Enabling/disabling SIMD is saved in the project for each plugin individually. i.e. if a specific instance of the plugin slows down, then you can enable SIMD for it, and others, if they are in the project, will not be affected by this optimization.



System requirements

All Red Rock Sound products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).

Plug-in Activation requires Internet connection!
You can go offline as soon as plug-in is successfully activated.

Versions from 1.0.0 and newer of the Red Rock Sound plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:
Mac OS X 10.14.6 or higher for AU.
Mac OS X 10.14.6 or higher for VST.
Mac OS X 10.14.6 or higher for AAX. Latest version of iLok license manager.
Windows 7 or higher (Windows XP not tested).

Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / Full Apple silicon support (M1 or higher).
Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer.

In theory, any AAX, VST, VST3, AUv3 compatible host application should work. However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper, and Bitwig. Red Rock Sound plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.