The two standout compressor plugins in their range both have a lot going on under the hood, each providing a whole range of processing and dynamics options all from within the single plugin. Great presence, punchy, clear high end. This probably has a lot to do with designer Greg Scotts background, coming up with modern high-end analogue hardware. There are only two variable controls — Gain and Peak Reduction — plus a switch that puts the compressor into Compress or Limit mode. Especially good on kickdrum, snare, bass or guitar. Bass Example 2 For this example I have the Dirt Mode engaged and then cranked the compression all the way up.
I don't own any of them so I can't compare the sound. Replace it with the ffpromb! Create ducking effects that pump with high-energy tube flavor. Even the cheapest and nastiest can sound identical to the most expensive and complex on the right settings. Ideal for those looking to start their career in the music industry or just take a deeper dive into Miami Music Week. Driving compression In this video the instructor talks about subtle use of compression while using the , and the , which is modeled after a classic studio compressor. It goes to show how much you can do with not much else than these free software instruments. Clearly there is some sort of deep innate attraction to compressors -perhaps because they operate faster than the human ear — at a speed of microseconds, and at fractions of a decibel.
One interesting feature is the ability to switch the plugins detector circuit between feedback and feedforward modes, echoing the difference between more vintage circuitry and more modern designs. Sonalksis Über Compressor An unusual way to implement compression, the Uber Compressor is part of a series of similar one-knob effects by Sonalksis the others being the Creative Filter and Digital Grimebox, both also well worth a look. If the input level is being set correctly than the overall level will remain at an even loudness. I actually wish Native Instruments would have included more presets for specific instruments to give me a better starting point. Whilst not necessarily the most natural-sounding compressor ever, this would be missing the point — on dance music and all electronic styles, this one really comes into its own.
Native Instruments has also announced a refresh of Sounds. Miami in March is a fundamental place to be from a business perspective, and has always given me endless opportunities for discovering new partnerships and talent. The Detector High pass feature is then used to focus the gain reduction to the mids and highs. Of course, you can make it overshoot if you want that for a creative purpose. Typically this means that you have to have use two tracks to achieve this - one with a compressor, one without. As you would expect from Universal Audio, all of this performance and nuance is captured in painstaking detail for their plugin versions.
By the way, the 670 is a stereo version of the 660, also available as a plugin, and both are available as part of the bundle from Waves. If you have any idea about how to use the controls on the hardware, then using this software emulations will be pretty straight-forward. The founder of Nomad Factory, respected plugin developer Bernie Torelli, very sadly passed away recently. Again, compressor choice is so subjective — you may very well find your favourite sound is from a freeware compressor rather than a higher-end emulation. Simpler than getting bogged down in multi-band processing, and very useful for fast but precise tone sculpting.
One thing to keep in mind is that this is a fixed-threshold compressor, meaning that you drive the signal into the threshold as opposed to being able to change the threshold amount. Take the compressors on this list as a round-up of the best options available in 2016, try out the demos or full versions, in the case of the free plugins on the list and decide which will make it into your regular go-to collection. Another way to view the character parameter is to see it like a filter, in other words, the harmonic distortion is emphasised left to right, low to high. Set the input gain once, then start adding thick, harmonic saturation and roaring presence — without having to adjust makeup gain. This specialized segment provides working professionals the ultimate environment to get work done, forge new relationships, streamline meetings, learn from industry experts and relax with colleagues. Basically a parallel compression technique.
Developed in collaboration with Swedish plug-in maven Softube, Vintage Compressors recreates three classic hardware compressors. Although there are subtle differences in sound between other leading emulations of the same devices and these Softube recreations, I think to get too hung up on absolute accuracy would be to miss the point. Filter module is able to create a wide variety of effects, from ultra thin and incredibly rich. Stillwell Audio The Rocket An all-time favourite character compressor, and not just because it can do decent impressions of 1176 and Distressor sounds. Vengeance Sound Multiband Compressor Vengeance Sound are best known for their ubiquitous dance sample libraries, but their Multiband Compressor has won many plaudits amongst electronic music producers.
Good for drums, vocals or stereo limiting. I received these plug-ins when I purchased. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. No need to fiddle with attack, release and ratio settings because this compressor allows you to focus on the tone and character while the Supercharger handles the rest. Great on vocals, bass, pads and guitar. Input Indicator — When it is solid green it mean that the input is at the optimal level for compression 2.