Kush Audio UBK Fatso by Devs1980
The UBK Fatso is a beautiful, intuitive compressor which could just be the most vital piece of gear I own. Made in America by Empirical Labs, the UBK Fatso is modified by Kush Audio to the specifications of producer Greg Scott, also known on forums as UBK. The Fatso is an incredibly versatile unit consisting of, a tape emulation circuit, and compressor, a high-frequency reduction circuit labelled “warmth”, a compressor and a switchable output transformer. The tape emulation is always on and is level dependent, and brings a fantastic drive sound. The “comfy” LED indicates harmonics are being added, and this can be just the thing to bring out crunch on drums - try it on snare or kick. The “warmth” circuit is also level dependent and helps tame extreme high frequencies above a threshold set by the cyclical warmth button. The high the warmth setting the lower the high frequency reduction threshold in both volume and frequency terms. This means that on a low setting only the very highest frequencies are attenuated at the highest threshold. The compressor section relies on selectable presets which dictate that preset’s ratio, attack and release settings, and threshold. There’s a good range of sounds to be had here, a particular favorite of mine being the ‘BUSS’ setting, which I use, as suggested over the main mix. The final feature to be played with is the inserts. As the compressor section relies on preset threshold values, there appears to be no way to set up the warmth circuit without also affecting the compression amount. However, if a volume reducing device (preamp, EQ, or passive volume controller) is connected to the inserts it becomes possible to separate these two functions, as the inserts work between the warmth circuit and compressor circuits. The versatility and sheer number of high quality signal modifying features of the UBK Fatso surely makes this a great unit for any studio.