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Acustica Audio El Rey 2 2023-R2R screenshot
Team R2R | 2023.11.27 | 374.8 MB
El Rey 2 is the third plugin suite in our Diamond series. Created by Acustica Audio and Studio DMI in collaboration with multiple Grammy Award-nominated producer, songwriter, musician, and mixing engineer Greg Wells.

Audio Guru Greg Wells' Signature Compressor Plugin
Greg Wells is one of the music industry's most talented and respected engineers. He has worked with a plethora of international artists, including Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Adele, Mayer Hawthorne, Grace VanderWaal, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Pharrell Williams, Dua Lipa, the Deftones, Twenty-One Pilots, OneRepublic, Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Celine Dion, and many others.

Take Greg Wells. Then, take one of the finest, most musical-sounding analog tube compressors and add a bit of voodoo to expand its capabilities, gradually transforming it into something extraordinary through a through process of artistic experimentation and technological innovation.

Now, put the two together. Through this alchemic process, the groundbreaking El Rey plugin was created.

Vintage DNA
El Rey 2 brings ultra-smooth, velvety, and unprecedentedly musical compression to the digital domain. Acustica Audio’s tech innovations and esoteric touch made it possible to transport the sonic soul of this unit from its original hardware into a world dominated by DAW-based studios. Now, it’s ready for you to apply to your sessions. Give your productions an articulate analog tone that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Signature Presets from the Industry's Top Pros
El Rey 2 includes crafted presets from Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-certified audio engineers Dave Pensado, Joe Chiccarelli, Serban Ghenea, Jason Evigan, David Kalmusky, Alan Meyerson, Mark “Spike” Stent, Busbee and Mark Rubel. Combined, their album credits are so extensive that it would take forever to list them all.

What's new in El Rey 2?
We have taken El Rey 2 to a whole new level, adding powerful new tools to enhance performance and sound quality. Starting from this release (B), El Rey has become a plugin suite called El Rey 2 which now includes two separate tools, so please welcome the new entry, El Rey 2 Stereo.

New features:

1- Extremely well-detailed graphics to guarantee you the best possible experience and the same ease of use as the standard version.
2- Introduction of new controls such as Left-Right/Mid-Side, Control Link, Stereo Link, De-Bumpify.
3- Various plugin optimisations
4- Hyper technology

For further details consult the user manual

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  Member 24.11.2023 3
Happy day! Thanks!
  Member 18.11.2013 1041
Los Reyes R2R trayendo al Rey 2. Muchas Gracias por todo su esfuerzo y dedicación.
Esperaba con ansias este complemento.
  Member 20.11.2020 57
R2R, GOD of Crackers
  Resident 27.08.2023 17 133
when i compare with compressors i have and match the output i hear NO difference! the attack and release is just not fast enough. This is more of a toy than actual production tool. You can tell because the fancy "analog" looking GUI takes up more space than 50% of the gui. i cant believe this is regularly sold for $294 ! LOL

save your hard drive and cpu and choose a competitive plugin instead
  Resident 7.07.2016 11 971
When it was first released. It was $450 if I remember correctly... Greg Wells is a douche btw
  Resident 5.05.2019 1 241
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  Resident 2.07.2010 113
I've used a real 1950s RCA BA-6* compressor for a significant amount of time in the past, and it's a wonderful Vari-mu beast. I've also used El Rey2 and from my memory the sound and behaviour is virtually identical.

What other Vari-mu's have you put El Rey2 against? I'm curious.

I've always known the RCA BA series to have a distinct sound of its own. Particularly useful for smashing drums, drum busses or even the 2-bus.
  Resident 27.08.2023 17 133
match output and parameters with Pulsar Mu, Arturia STA and Black Rooster 426C. see if u can hear difference test against any of ur favorite compressor and they will sound better and use less CPU then el rey2
  Member 1.01.2021 1 246
What're you compressing "slience"?
  Member 17.06.2023 24
Yeah, actually this is a well know technique amongst audio engineers. 5db of gain reduction will give your silence more "warmth" and "presence".
  Member 21.09.2023 1 122
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  Resident 1.07.2014 2 110
Ssstt.. He's Giancarlo in disguise..
He want to make sure that nobody wants to download Acustica stuff from here.
  Member 29.11.2020 29 2496
kinda weird not hearing any difference from a plugin that is well known for adding massive smiley EQ on default. That Debumpify knob was introduced in version 2 for that reason only. lol.
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Resident 27.08.2023 17 133
what plugins have you compared with El Rey 2? Match each settings and output and print the results and do blind test and see if you can tell which is which
  Member 29.11.2020 29 2496
the attack and release is just not fast enough

I think people stopped taking you seriously after you said that for a Vari-Mu style compressor. That kinda invalidate every single opinion you have. You are the one that should do a blind test or probably hearing test here, most of people here judging from the comments don't really have listening problem.
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Member 1.01.2021 1 246
Hey you forgot to unbypass the plugin. Try again.
  Member 15.02.2023 8 125
and thanks for That Debumpify knob! horrible phase shift in 30hz by default.
greg wells are you ok?
  Resident 19.10.2016 262
Man, we all hate what AA is doing but this plugin to my ears sound not bad at all and behaves on his way, strange that you can’t hear the good vibes from this toy.
  Resident 30.10.2015 9 352
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  Member 27.11.2023 1
What're you compressing... pink noise?
  Member 14.08.2023 1 11
To my ears this thing sounds great, it is quite obvious as soon as i open the plugin.
It just does not pump&jump all over the place like your usual VCA EMu DSP Compressor.
El Ray acts exactly like a tube based hardware comp like a Vai Mu for instance, it glues and adds that nice sheen on to of the overtones.
No need for level matching, auto-gain does its job 100%.

Maybe you should upgrade your Speaker/Listening environment or just take your time before conclusion.

AA Plugs are far from nervous and harsh that's why a lot of people dislike them at the first moment. AA Tech is def. no joke.

ps. i just installed the official demo of ElRay2 just because of your comments lately.
Maybe the r2r Version is buggy on some systems??
  Member 28.12.2016 101
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  Resident 27.05.2022 39 544
This is probably a top 5 plugin from Acustica.

Of all their compressors it's the one i actually really like. I bought v1 in 2019 or 2020 and i still use it today (which i can't say about a lot of their other plugins i bought back then). A lot of their compressors have sort of an unnatural "clicky" sound or something. This one doesn't have that.

It's great if you want to reduce dynamic range transparently.

It's got a soft knee so it's good for vocals

I also quite enjoy it on drums too, i like over-compressing with it so you get the squishy/pumpy sound, then using the mix knob to blend it in. Particularly best suited for "pokey" drums that need to be rounded out and fattened, i.e. jazz drums or hip hop or indie rock

Good on mix bus too sometimes. It's better on pokey stuff.

Here's a GREAT video comparing El Rey with Tim Petherick's Ra6:
  Member 18.06.2023 22
looking forward to lava, always wanted to try it
  Member 2.05.2016 33
pensado said many good things about this one so maybe you got better ears than him then
thank you for this one!
  Resident 27.08.2023 17 133
you cant take endorsements from "Grammy Award-winning" people at face value. they are being paid for it. can you name 1 plugin that is bad and endorsed by Grammy Award-winning person?
  Member 29.11.2020 29 2496
stock EQ plugin
It makes no sense to say you’re not good at it. It’s like saying, “I’m not good at being a monk.” You are either living as a monk or you’re not.
  Member 17.04.2015 1 350
its a good bus compresor.
punchy with analog sound . . .
(maybe not good for rap , hiphop or progressive metal . . .but in 80's music, dance or pop is a miracle)
i like a lot.

thx r2r
  Member 3.12.2018 166
The Rey behaves more like an LA3A, they are almost identical in comparison even though it was based on the LA2A.... but the character it adds to the sounds is is ideal for smoothing out the peaks and adding a characteristic shine to the sounds ...its harmonics are unique in their class...I bought the Rey 1 a long time ago and I'm only using it on vocals and uffffff the best... The Rey 2 is the same as the 1 unlike the Mid Side.. I highly recommend them.
  Resident 28.08.2014 431
If you go to gearspace, the dev himself tells people that the compressor is completely clean, no harmonics, because the people were complaining that it cant be driven. acustica litrally didn't baked saturation and they clearly state it

what you're hearing is placebo analog distortion lmao

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