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Analogue hardware-inspired character compressor


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Analogue attitude compressor

The SSL Blitzer plug-in is an analogue hardware-inspired character compressor – capable of everything from soft, saturating compression to explosive brick-wall limiting. In addition to adjustable transient shaping and vintage-style harmonic drive for adding colour to your tracks, Blitzer offers 10 unique compression curves across 10 ratios, each with a unique shape and tone.

With the distinct response of tube, VCA and vintage opto compressors all from a single easy-to-use interface, you’re never more than a click away from what you need. Combined with MIX control for parallel compression, AUTO GAIN to help maintain your levels, and SSL’s contextual help system, Blitzer is a versatile compressor plug-in with startling variation.

Blitzer Curve Comp Information

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Blitzer tutorial

SSL Product Specialist, Luke Aziz, takes you through SSL Blitzer.

Listen to the SSL Blitzer plug-in in action 

Hear it for yourself – compression for every occasion, with the Blitzer plug-in.

Classic analogue knee compressor 

Inspired by hardware such as the 1176 and LA-2A, Blitzer offers 10 unique compression curves across 10 ratios. This unique character compressor can deliver everything from soft saturating compression to explosive brick-wall limiting.

Add colour to your tracks 

Use the DRIVE control to generate subtle and gentle harmonics or destroy your signal. You can even use the compressor in 1:1 ratio to warm your tracks without compressing. 

BLITZ! mode 

Slam room mics or energize your entire mix using the “all in” BLITZ! mode – compounding brick-wall limiting with a logarithmic decay gives a distinct sound that sounds amazing on live drum room recordings. But the fun doesn’t need to stop there. Get creative!

Parallel compression 

The MIX control can be used to dial in the original signal – allowing for parallel compression and punch, or for simply reducing the intensity of the effect to blend in better with the rest of your mix.

Detection sidechain 

Use the HPF to remove unwanted low-end frequencies – perfect for drum busses! – and tame unruly vocals and harshness using the detection sidechain bell filter.

Built on the SSL Plug-in Engine 

The SSL Plug-in Engine offers cross-platform preset management, A/B comparison, a built-in UNDO/REDO stack and brand new built-in contextual help to guide you through the features of the plug-in.

Free trial for 14 days

To start a 14-day free trial, simply download and install the Blitzer plug-in below.

Upon launching your DAW, click the 'Try' button to activate your free trial. If the Activation Experience pop-up does not appear on launch, simply add the plug-in on any insert. You will be asked to log into your iLok account, and the trial authorization period will begin.


Use the SSL Download Manager to install and manage your SSL plug-ins. Click on the button below to get started.

For offline installers, please visit this FAQ.


SSL Blitzer Plug-in User Guide