Effectively, the plugin is seven effects in one, representing most of the classic flavours of compression. Drive it to get some extra crunch and warmth. Fabfilter Pro-C This compressor is my favorite one to reach for if transparent compression is needed. For the most part the compressors we will be discussing in this article will be of the type used for mixing overall song mixes and individual instruments, from vocals to drum kits. Bottom-line The Bass Rider is a fairly limited plug-in that surprisingly works well for a varied array of applications. Sonically, we found it to be pretty neutral with no gain reduction applied. This compressor definitely has a learning curve so I would not recommend it if you are new to compression.
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. I have still failed to find a context in which this device does not sound right. After years of studio mixing and live sound, I began to master in 2008. It is pretty straight forward with the exception of the two band controls low and high which allow for some multi-band dynamic processing though it is not exactly a multi-band compressor. That might sometimes be true, but we still think there are very good reasons to know about the classics in our list and, for the record, not all of our choices are actually that expensive. The key is to know which compressor can affect your sound in certain ways. It brings together algorithms from different Waves plugins such as the L2, C1 and Renaissance Compressor.
Quite often the compressor will work as a limiter to prevent unwanted damage to the speakers when playing at high levels. You can chose the best one for you by marking out the features you require. Dave Pensado mentioned to me he uses this. Adjust the Ratio, Attack, Release times, and Sensitivity and Makeup gain knobs to find your perfect ride. The tube sound you can get out of the OldTimer is incredible.
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. For all its failings, this is the compressor which Daft Punk claim defined the sound of Homework and Discovery and which Stardust used to make. Link: The Waves MaxxVolume is quite an unique plugin in that it offers low level compression. Each compressor can be used in sequences to add layers, and the series can be reorganized by dragging and dropping. But special mention must be made of the which does way more than your average compressor plug-in.
By using this combination of a compressor and Distressor we can create extremely full and powerful sounding basslines and drum tracks in particular. Parallel Compression This kind of compression is set up by creating an auxiliary track and inserting a compressor onto it. Anything which has a bearing on how you experience the process of listening, making decisions and making adjustments based on those decisions is a factor worth considering. Someone reported to me having had phase issues with this plugin. This is due to the relative savings in manufacturing costs and distribution. The equaliser is one of the longest-serving and most fundamental sound processing tools.
It retains the character of the original while solving most of the problems. It does well on a mix buss at low compression ratios. Bottom-line The Waves Audio C4 is quite a capable unit that can do more than compress bass tracks. Replace it with the ffpromb! Elysia Mpressor This is a compressor with a few tricks up its sleeve. Which is put out by Steinberg, who are of course owned by Yamaha.
I use mine every day for transparent narration: no music to hide artefacts! Even though a relatively simple instrument, the bass certainly has a major part to play in the feel and vibe of your mix. Nowadays it is common to find that digital compressors have replaced many analogue machines. Whether you're a compression freshman or a professor of pump, Pro-C gets top marks. Good to see the Fabfilter ProC2 comp there. This makes it a natural fit for mastering and buss compression applications. A complete mastering compressor split into two modules — compressor and limiter. Comprising of four different plugins, you can choose to mix and match, depending on your preferences.
We tried the plugin on on a number of sounds, including acoustic guitar, drums, piano, vocals and bass, and they all benefited in one way or another. There are three individual compression styles onboard: Clean goes for clinical accuracy with a transparent sound, Classic offers authentic analogue warmth, and Opto shares its attributes with a vintage optical compressor, having a very soft knee and a somewhat slower response. Compared to the two aforementioned, it sounds smoother, perhaps more subtle and more full bodied in my opinion. Primarily designed for use in stereo mode over the mix buss, the two channels can also be split to process two separate mono channels with a single comp setting. Clearly the creative member of the team, its combination of parallel processing and frequency-conscious compression can work wonders on full drum tracks and sampled loops. Transparency is not a word associated with the NobleQ. Meanwhile, Knee2 gradually returns the loudest parts of the input signal from their compressed ratio to a 1:1 ratio in other words, no compression as they exceed the threshold.
The area where FabFilter Pro-Q 2 truly shines is in cutting frequencies. You might be looking for the best compressor plugin out there, as we all are. So what would be an application of a compressor in mixing? The Pro-C2 is definitely a one to learn in depth. It has several different compression modes including Bus but also Clean and Mastering which can also work equally well in a bus compression context. My apologies — but I wanted to make sure this post works for everybody. Interestingly, it's one of the few master bus compressors we've found to be useful with complex, full-on material like extreme metal, as it can control these mixes without simply overreacting.