We're currently living in the age of digital audio. Compressor is an incredibly powerful tool that is essential to any music producer.

But there are so many different Compressor plugins in the music production landscape, so we decided to create the ultimate list of the top Compressor plugins today that will help you find the perfect fit.


MasterMix Buss Compressor

Compressor by Minimal System Group



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Description


Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

The MasterMix Buss Compressor has been a labour of love for us here at Minimal System Group and is designed for those producers looking to add the finishing touches to their latest masterpiece. Modelled on legendary buss compressors from classic analogue consoles the MasterMix Buss Compressor is a mixing and mastering powerhouse.

Features:

  • Analogue Modelled Buss Compressor.
  • The MasterMix Buss Compressor is designed for use on the Master Buss and also on sub-groups (Drum Groups etc).
  • Tape simulator stage complete with tape hiss and saturation.
  • Great visual feedback.
  • Functional and easy to use GUI Design.
  • Very low CPU usage.

Hints and Tips:

  • Try placing the MasterMix Buss Compressor on the main output (Master Buss) early on in the mixing process using around 1-3dB of gain reduction.
  • Buss compressors are often used on signals that display a variation of frequencies and transients such as drum kits and backing vocals.
  • Try grouping all elements of you drums together into one group. Add the MasterMix Buss Compressor onto this group.
  • Holding down the 'Shift' key whilst operating a parameter allows fine adjustments to be made. Holding down 'CTRL' and clicking on a parameter reverts it to its default position. (These two operations work on all Minimal System plugins).



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  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Plugins run on Windows based PC's using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase.

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.

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Punch Compressor

Compressor by Minimal System Group



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Description


Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

Punch is one of Minimal System Group most popular plugins as it is an up-to-date version of one of the all time classic analogue compression and limiting processors, the 1176AE. Punch offers an array of ratio's including 2:1, 4:1, and 8:1 perfect for compression duties - but there is also the 20:1 ratio designed for full limiting applications. With a professionally designed interface and unrivalled versatility Punch is a studio tool that you should not be without.

Features:

  • Ultra-fast attack time
  • Unique Analogue Modelled characteristics
  • FET Gain Reduction Emulation
  • Input & Output Gain Adjustment Knobs with adjustable Attack and Release Settings
  • Custom Output Transformer Emulation design
  • Full automation capabilities
  • Flexible VU metering options
  • Professionally designed GUI
  • Fantastic Presets produced by Kendal Osborne
  • Based on the 1176AE Limiting Amplifier Compressor
  • Fantastic on drums!



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  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Plugins run on Windows based PC's using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.

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Master Compressor

Compressor by Minimal System Group



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Description


Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

The Master Compressor is our flagship analogue modelled mastering compressor processor. It is an ultra clean compressor suitable for delicate material. No odd harmonic distortion is added (Unless you require it using the ‘Tube’ control!). Inspired by classic hardware, with an easy to use interface and fantastic analogue sound the Master Compressor is unmissable.

Features:

  • Analogue modelled mastering compressor.
  • Can be used on instrument tracks and the master buss.
  • Ultra-clean mastering processor.
  • Ratio from 1:1 to infinity allowing both compression and limiting.
  • Threshold ranging from -40dB to 0dB.
  • Knee control to add flexibility.
  • Make-Up adds up to 18dB of gain.
  • Controllable harmonic distortion on the output using the ‘Tube’ Control.
  • A/B control to compare processed signal against the original signal.
  • Large VU meter for accurate monitoring.
  • Full automation capability.
  • Well though out controls allow you to really shape your sound.
  • Vintage analogue GUI Design.
  • Very low CPU usage.



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  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Plugins run on Windows based PC's using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.

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SSi Pro Compressor

Compressor by Minimal System Group



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Description


Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

The SSi Pro Compressor is the ultimate high end processor designed for the most demanding producers.

Features:

  • High end sound engine
  • Analogue Modelled Tube Gain
  • Controls for attack/release, threshold, ratio, gain, range, knee, rms, hold
  • Presets to get you started
  • Professional GUI Design
  • Very low CPU usage
  • User focussed GUI layout
  • Very low CPU usage allowing multiple instances to be operational at any one time



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General Ease of Use

Number of Presets


  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Plugins run on Windows based PC's using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.

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Punch Evolved

Compressor by Minimal System Group



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Description


Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

The original Punch compressor is one of Minimal System Group most popular and respected plugins. Punch is an up-to-date version of one of the all time classic analogue compression and limiting processors, the 1176AE. The new Punch Evolved plugin takes this highly respected processor even further with a completely redesigned engine and the addition of new sound shaping features such as Mid/Side processing, EQ, and Gate sections.

Features:

  • Ultra-fast attack time.
  • Unique Analogue Modelled characteristics.
  • FET Gain Reduction Emulation.
  • Input & Output Gain Adjustment Knobs with adjustable Attack and Release Settings.
  • An array of ratio's including 2:1, 4:1, and 8:1 perfect for compression duties - but there is also the 20:1 ratio designed for full limiting applications.
  • Mid/Side Processing.
  • Gate with controls for Threshold, Attack, and Release.
  • EQ with controls for Low/Mid/High.
  • Custom Output Transformer Emulation design.
  • Full automation capabilities.
  • Flexible VU metering options.
  • LED Visual Feedback.
  • Professionally designed GUI.
  • Fantastic Presets produced by Movie Iga and Kendal Osborne.
  • Based on the 1176AE Limiting Amplifier Compressor.
  • Fantastic on drums!



Rating


Value For Money

Sound Quality

General Ease of Use

Number of Presets


  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Plugins run on Windows based PC's using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase.

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.

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Tri-Comp Multiband Compressor

Compressor by Minimal System Group



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Description


Important Note: This product is only compatible with Windows operating systems.

If you are looking for the ultimate multiband dynamics processor then you have found it in the latest mixing and mastering plugin from Minimal System Group. Just imagine the possibilities of three 1176 compressors combined, each controlling and processing three individual bands of your incoming audio!

Each band of the Tri-Comp gives you full control over compression and limiting, with the addition of Mid/Side processing. The Tri-Comp gives you complete control over your mix, whilst retaining perfect clarity and transparency.

Features:

  • Three 1176 emulated compressors.
  • Three band processing (Low/Mid/High).
  • Mid/Side processing incorporated into each compressor.
  • Input, Output, Attack, Release, and Ratio controls.
  • Solo each band for accurate processing.
  • Bypass button for A/B comparisons.
  • Master Balance control.
  • VU signal monitoring.
  • Professional GUI design.
  • Very low CPU usage.



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Sound Quality

General Ease of Use

Number of Presets


  • PC running a Windows operating system. VST compatible DAW or VST hosting software.
  • This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.
  • This plugin also operates within the 64bit versions of Cubase, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio, Reaper, Tracktion, Renoise, FL Studio, Sonar, Mixcraft and Samplitude using their inbuilt bridging.
  • It is recommended that you always try out the demo before purchases to ensure that the plugin is compatible with your system.

Host Compatibility

  • Minimal System Group Instruments Plugins run on Windows based PC's using a suitable VST host or DAW. Our plugins have been fully tested within Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, FL Studio, Energy XT, Presonus Studio One, Renoise, and Cubase.

Please Note: This plugin is 32bit but can be run on 64bit systems using jBridge.

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FireFly

Compressor by SoundSpot



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Description


FireFly is a modern-style bus compressor with flexible options to optimize your track's transients and stereo image. In addition, it features a sidechain filter for compressing tracks with loud kick and bass parts, and an analog mode that introduces non-linear colouration for warmth as well as adaptive noise generation for character and perceived loudness. With its separate left and right wave and reduction graph, FireFly gives you a flexible and intuitive way of compressing groups of instruments or your entire mix with ease.




Features

  • Intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media
  • Modern-style bus compression with continuous controls
  • Non-linear colouration filter for warmth
  • Adaptive noise generation for character and perceived loudness
  • Pre-compression transient shaper
  • Detection stage high pass sidechain-filter and stereo imager
  • Preset manager to save & share your own effects
  • FireFly uses SoundSpot’s ‘infinite’ gain reduction setup and lets you emulate the behaviour of analog compression with its 'Analog’ control, introducing non-linear colouration based on the compressor's gain reduction, and adaptive analog hiss that follows the volume curve of your track. The 'Punch' feature lets you boost your track's transients before the compression stage, and the 'stereo balance' and 'sidechain' features let you adjust the stereo image and low-end of the compressor's detection signal to taste. Combined, these features give you great control over shaping your track's dynamics and adding subtle warmth and glue to your productions.


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macOS:

  • 10.12 – 10.15 (older OS versions may work but are not tested)

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Plugin Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Formats: In theory any 32 or 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX compatible host application should work.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

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Cyclone

Compressor by SoundSpot



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Description


In music production, compression is arguably one of the most important processing techniques to master. Correct use of compression will bring your music to life and add a professional sheen making your productions stand out in this highly competitive industry.

As always, the SoundSpot® team wanted to create a truly diverse product that could be used across the board from mixing through to mastering, whilst also adding a distinct character to the sound if required.

With this in mind, the Cyclone was born... A compressor diverse enough to glue sub groups, add groove to percussion, warm up synths and guitars, and add the final touch of magic at the mastering stage. Also our algorithm and code are so precise and specific to the task at hand, that the Cyclone is super light on your CPU, meaning you can run multiple instances with ease.

The Interface

The Cyclone interface has been designed for ease of use, with the controls laid out from left to right in a typical order that most engineers will follow when making adjustments, enabling you to speed up your workflow.

Saturation

The saturation is tape style soft clipping with 100% stereo linking, when applied equally to both channels. This preserves the stereo image making the Cyclone perfect for mastering.

The intensity of the saturation is dependent on the threshold and ratio of the compressor, or to the potential gain reduction of the compressor, with the saturation knob itself being responsible for mixing in the saturation.

As the saturation effect is dependent on the compressors threshold and ratio settings. This means that the harder the ratio and threshold parameters are pushed, the more pronounced the saturation effect will be. You can then use the saturation control to dial in a value that works with your mix.

When the saturation parameter is set to zero, there will be no saturation. Conversely when the parameter is set to full, the maximum saturation will be added based on the positioning of the threshold and ratio controls.

In addition, the saturation is smoothed out in a way it mimics "tape hysterisis".

Mid/Side Processing

The Mid/Side functionality of the Cyclone allows you to process the stereo information independently from the mono information. This is useful when a mixdown requires a wider feel to the stereo image, or the mid (mono) information greater definition from the sides, to achieve a better result during playback on mono sound systems.

The Mid/Side function is perfect for adding additional sparkle to a well mixed track, and also gives the user great control to correct any irregularities in the stereo image.

Solo Channel

When creating the Cyclone, we realised that a solo function much the same as you will find in your DAW, is actually much more useful when making changes than a simple bypass button, although a anti click global bypass parameter has been added to the unit as well.

The solo buttons will allow you to singularly monitor the left or right side channel whilst you are in Stereo mode, or monitor the mid information or the side information independently when in Mid/Side mode. This results in a quicker, more precise work flow when compressing the mix. 

Channel Linking

The channel linking is set up as default when the plugin is first opened which makes the editing process quicker. If however you unlink the channels and make amends, but then later decide to link the channels, the first control amended will cause the opposite side control to reflect the changes.

Many compressors will make a direct copy from left to right when the channel link button is pressed. When linking is set up in this way, it provides a very rigid user experience, with users often finding they lose the settings they wanted to keep.

Our intelligent linking system makes linked editing much more flexible and intuitive for the user.

The gain reduction caused by the compression will be equal in both channels if the settings are the same, whether the controls are linked or not. This prevents the center of the stereo image moving around if the signals differ from each other. That being said, if you apply different settings to the two channels, the gain reduction will be different, but because of the hidden stereo linking function, the center of the stereo image will move in a predictable and controlled manner, which is essential when mastering.



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macOS:

  • 10.12 – 10.15 (older OS versions may work but are not tested)

Plugin Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Plugin Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Formats: In theory any 32 or 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX compatible host application should work.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

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Pumper Compressor

Compressor by W.A. Production



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The Compressor Module of Pumper

You can tame high frequencies, as well as control the low-end with the Pumper Compressor. Achieve an 'in your face' vocal/bass sound, or bring out some ambience and FX in your productions.

The Pumper Compressor plugin simply has one knob and a slider for you to choose your preferred style of compression, do not be fooled by it's simple interface.

With the Punchy style of compression, you’ll be able to get all those drums and synths to hit hard by adding punchiness and clarity to your sounds. This type of compression is great for drums or sounds that require acute attack transients. 

With the Fat style of compression, you're able to phatten your sounds by controlling and limiting their dynamic range. It's best to be used on dirty drop leads, which need to be loud and clear to the listeners.

With the Clean style of compression, it's just like a transparent compression which adds subtle touches to your sounds, without aggressively altering the sound. It just works great on vocals and acoustics instruments.

With the Soft style of compression, it glues your sonics together and makes them sound unified by adding clarity without over-compressing. It can produce wonders when used in the mastering process.

Compressor Features

  • Intuitive interface
  • Smooth compression algorithm
  • Punchy Mode gives you that direct punch and clarity - this is great for kick drums or percussion
  • Fat will help to bring out the low-end of your sound and make it sound big!
  • Clean is more transparent and is perfect for adding subtle touches to your sound - great for softer vocals or acoustic instruments
  • Soft is wonderful to use on your master channel - it slightly compresses the sound which will tighten everything up and add clarity, without sounding over compressed and lifeles



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Mac

  • macOS 10.15 and later (64-bit only) (M1 Apple Silicon Supported)

Formats:

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

  • Windows 8 and later (32 / 64-bit) 

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3

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IA-LA1

Compressor by Initial Audio



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Description


IA-LA1 Compressor Plugin

The IA-LA1 compressor plugin is designed to be super responsive. It comes with a transparent algorithm that introduces no distortion or artefacts. But if colouration is required Initial Audio have the THD control, which introduces a gentle dynamic distortion adding extra warmth and depth.

IA-LA1 comes with accurate level meters and a gain reduction meter giving a clear visual of the compression being applied. Get perfect compression in less time with the IA-LA1 compressor plugin.

Easy Compression

IA-LA1 is a simple to use Compressor plugin. Threshold and Make up gain are the two main controls. The threshold represents the level at which compression will start to affect the audio. Anything over the threshold is compressed, which reduces the dynamic range of the audio. The threshold is shown as an orange line on the input meter, compression will start to happen when the audio level goes above this line. Now use the Make up gain to compensate for any loss in loudness. That’s it! Get perfect compression every time with just these two controls. No need to set an attack or release like on many other compressors.




Features

  • Automatic compression – no need to set attack and release times.
  • THD – Total Harmonic Distortion, adds extra warmth and depth.
  • Preset manager – Save and load custom presets.
  • Input gain – Push the audio louder before entering compression.
  • Make up gain – Increase to compensate for any loss of loudness from the compression.
  • High definition resizable GUI.

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  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)
  • 4GB Ram
  • VST compatible DAW

Mac

  • OSX 10.6 or later (64-bit only)
  • 4GB Ram
  • VST or AU compatible DAW

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Tricomp

Compressor by PreSonus



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Finalize your mix or add brilliance or punch to frequency-rich signals with this three-band compressor plug-in with automatic threshold and ratio settings, plus a relative control for the low and high bands and switchable attack and release controls.

The secret weapon for Studio One mix engineers the world over, Tricomp also features State-Space-modeled Saturation control to add analogue grit to your sound for even more tonal sculpting.

A long-time favourite of Studio One users, Tricomp is now available for use in other DAWs in VST3, AAX, and AU formats via PreSonus Hub!

You can also get Tricomp as part of the cost-saving PreSonus Analog Effects Collection Bundle or in Studio One Professional.




Features

  • Analogue-style multiband compressor model for dynamics and EQ shaping.
  • State-Space Modeled Drive stage for analogue-style saturation.
  • Intuitive and vintage-styled UI lets you surgically sculpt your tone and dynamics on single instruments or a whole mix bus.
  • Compatible with any major DAW or plug-in host application (VST3, AU or AAX format, 64-bit only).
  • Easy installation, authorization, and updates from PreSonus Hub plug-in manager application.
  • Included with Studio One Professional and PreSonus Sphere.

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Windows:

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core™ i3 / AMD A10 processor or better
  • VST3, AU or AAX compatible host application
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB or more recommended)
  • Internet connection (needed for installation and activation) 
  • Monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution (high-dpi monitor recommended) 
  • PreSonus Hub 1.3 or later (included)

macOS:

  • macOS® 10.13 or higher (64-bit only)
  • Intel® Core™ i3 processor or better
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB or more recommended)
  • VST3, AU or AAX compatible host application
  • Internet connection (needed for installation and activation) 
  • Monitor with 1366 x 768 resolution (Retina display recommended) 
  • PreSonus Hub 1.3 or later (included)

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Schlap

Compressor by Caelum Audio



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Description


If you want your tracks to be energetic, in-your-face and bold, make 'em "Schlap". Schlap is a characterful, colourful and aggressive sounding program-dependent compressor. It takes inspiration from hardware RMS compressors of the past and evolves them into a modern setting.

The compressor uses a program-dependent attack and release influenced by old hardware making the compression sound characterful and dynamic. The RMS detection means that Schlap detects the average loudness of a signal, resulting in sudden short peaks being uncompressed so that they can attack hard and sound heavy hitting. Also inherently in RMS detection, there is a slight delay in compression which allows the initial, early transients to sneak through uncompressed so they keep their punch.

You've got a safe, controlled track you think you're happy with, but you have to ask yourself... "Does it Schlap?"




Features

  • Aggressive, in your face compression.
  • Program dependent - attack and release settings are automatic.
  • 4 ratio styles: expansion and gating, standard compression, infinite limiting compression and negative over-compression.
  • Optional external side-chain input.
  • Sidechain filtering.
  • Inspired by old hardware.

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Mac

  • macOS 10.11 and above (64-bit only)
  • VST3, AU, AAX 

PC

  • Windows 7 and above
  • VST3 (32 & 64-bit), AAX (64-bit only)

Important Note: AAX Format for Windows is 64-bit only.

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Smoov

Compressor by Caelum Audio



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Is a chaotic track starting to get to you? Maybe you should make it a little more "Smoov". Smoov is a soft, clean and transparent sounding program-dependent compressor. It takes inspiration from hardware compressors of the past with a focus on peak detection, meaning that it can quickly and effortlessly react to incoming signals and blend them in with the surrounding audio field. When a busy track needs taming, Smoov softly settles your tracks.

The compressor uses a program-dependent envelope influenced by old hardware making the compression sound smooth and dynamic. The peak detection means that Smoov detects the actual amplitude of a signal, resulting in an extremely fast response to tame and control anything that is thrown at it.

You've got a big, groovy track you think you're happy with, but you have to ask yourself... "Is it Smoov?"




Features

  • Smooth and transparent compression.
  • Program dependent compression - attack and release settings are automatic.
  • 4 ratio styles: expansion and gating, standard compression, infinite limiting compression and negative over-compression.
  • Optional external side-chain input.
  • Sidechain filtering.
  • Inspired by old hardware.

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Mac

  • macOS 10.11 and above (64-bit only)
  • VST3, AU, AAX 

PC

  • Windows 7 and above
  • VST3 (32 & 64-bit), AAX (64-bit only)

Important Note: AAX Format for Windows is 64-bit only.

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ShapeShifter

Compressor by Aberrant DSP



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Description


Dynamics Remodeler / Character Compressor

Inspired by SketchCassette’s NR Comp algorithm, ShapeShifter is a one-of-a-kind dynamics remodeler and character compressor that will completely transform the shape of your sounds. ShapeShifter moulds a blend of multi-band upward and downward compression into a toolbox for adding colour, body, and grit to your sounds. This can take the form of anything from a subtle vibe boost to blown-open, raucous carnage.




Features

  • Upward / Downward compression controlled with a common Ratio
  • Transients section with Ratio and Threshold controls, allowing for separate control of downward compression
  • Upward compression Floor control for taming room sound or unwanted noise
  • Flexible envelope shaping through Attack and Release time controls
  • Tone adjustment for broad shifts in colour and character
  • Wide-ranging Drive control with two models: A (gentle) and B (hard)
  • Asymmetry control for attaining harsher, grittier drive textures by way of even-order harmonics
  • Dry / Wet mixer for easy parallel processing
  • Custom preset system with 64 factory presets, showcasing ShapeShifter’s versatility

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Windows

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • VST3, AAX

Mac

  • macOS 10.10 Yosemite - macOS 11 Big Sur (Intel / M1 Apple Silicon supported) (64-bit only)
  • AU, VST3, AAX

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EFEKTOR CP3603 Compressor

Compressor by Kuassa



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Description


For Firm, Better, Well-Balanced Guitar Tracks

Completing your virtual pedalboard with our Efektor series, now introducing: KUASSA CP3603 Compressor unit. This unit is a result from the endless research of many compressor pedals, a lot of characteristics and finally, we narrowed down everything into one st unit that can represent many other compressor pedals in a straightforward package.

Compressor FX Engine

Will suppress the loudest part of the incoming audio signal, based on the specified threshold. Following the ‘compression’, it will increase the softer signal, narrowing the dynamic range thus delivers a more consistent overall level.

Guitar players. Bass players. They are the same. They love long sustaining notes. A Compressor is the one thing that should help with that desire. It is an effect that does not always sound too obvious, but when taken away, it surely will be missed. A compressor will suppress the loudest part of incoming audio signals, based on the specified threshold. Following the ‘compression’, it will increase the softer signal, narrowing the dynamic range thus delivers a more consistent overall level. And please take note, although this unit is designed specifically for guitar and bass players, you can also use it on any other instruments as well. Well, why not?

There are three types of compression style in this unit:

1. VCA: Stands for “Voltage Controlled Amplifier”. It’s fast, modern, and sounds very clean. 
2. FET: Stands for “Field Effect Transistor”. Known for its aggressive behaviour and also adds distinct colour to the resulting sound. 
3. OPTO: Shorts for “Optical”. It has the slowest reaction but gives more characteristics and tightness to the result.




Features

  • Faithful hardware pedal effects emulation
  • Three types of compression style
  • Linked or dual-mono mode 
  • Bypass switch button

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Windows:

  • XP, Vista, 7, or Later (64-bit only)

Mac OS X:

  • Mac OS 10.6 or later (64-bit only)

Plugin Formats:

  • VST, VST3, Audio Units or AAX compatible Host Software

Please note: This product is a plugin, a VST/VST3/AU/AAX compatible host/sequencer is needed to run this software.

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Compressor Snapin

Compressor by Kilohearts



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Compressor: Even Out Total Volume

Someone somewhere once said that there are 931 compressor plugins in the world. 

Well, now there's 932!

Compressors help shape the dynamics of the sound both at the initial attack and  the sustain tail. Each compressor has their own flavor, and the kHs Compressor  tastes sweet.

What's a Snapin?

This plugin is a "snapin". That means you can use it as a regular VST/AU plugin, or you can use it with our snapin hosts Multipass and Snap Heap where you can combine effects in amazing ways.



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These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage willincrease accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.

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Fat Channel XT Add-on: Comp 160 Compressor

Compressor by PreSonus



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With simple controls, yet capable of extreme compression traits, the Comp 160 provides VCA character with a personality all its own. Try it on drums—you’ll be glad you did!



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Important Note: A full copy of PreSonus Fat Channel XT is required in order to use this software.

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Fat Channel XT Add-on: FC-670 Compressor

Compressor by PreSonus



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This model of an iconic compressor/limiter of the 1950s imparts an unmistakable silky warmth on just about any signal.



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Important Note: A full copy of PreSonus Fat Channel XT is required in order to use this software.

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Fat Channel XT Add-on: Tube CB Compressor

Compressor by PreSonus



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In general, the response time of optical compressors tends to soften the attack and release, which can smooth out uneven volume fluctuations. Emulating an all-tube, optical design, the Tube CB compressor delivers musicality, preserving the clarity of the signal even at the most extreme settings.



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Important Note: A full copy of PreSonus Fat Channel XT is required in order to use this software.

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4030 Retro Compressor Native

Compressor by McDSP



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Note: This product is the Native version. You can purchase the HD version HERE.

The 4030 Retro Compressor is a new dynamic range control topology coupled with a wet/dry mix control to balance compressed and uncompressed signals. An active attack and release design allows aggressive compression settings with minimal artifact generation.

All Retro plug-ins use a McDSP designed output stage topology to eliminate digital clipping at any output level and produce a smoother distortion characteristic. This feature is in addition to the analog saturation modeling that has made McDSP famous over the last decade.

Retro plug-ins are a line of ‘classics’ that can live up to their own name without emulating something else.




Features

  • Unique original algorithms with transparent yet vintage sound
  • Mix control
  • Side chain support
  • Anti-Clip Output Stage Topology
  • Analog Saturation modeling
  • Double precision processing
  • Ultra low latency
  • Mono and stereo versions

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Mac:

  • macOS 10.10 or higher (64-bit only) (macOS 11 Big Sur compatible)

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 & 10 (64-bit only)

Native v6 Software Support:

  • AAX Native
  • Audio Units (AU)
  • Audio Suite
  • VST3

Platform Requirements:

  • AAX versions require Pro Tools 12.x or higher and also support Pro Tools 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • S6L versions require VENUE OS 5.3.2 or higher
  • AU versions recommended for Logic X or higher
  • VST version recommended for Cubase 9.x, and 10.x, and Nuendo 6.5 or higher
  • McDSP plug-ins require a v6 license (or Demo) on an iLok2, iLok3, or iLok Cloud to authorize the installers. Latest iLok drives are recommended. Cloud support requires v6.5 or higher

Compatible DAW's

McDSP HD and Native plug-ins are compatible with Pro Tools, Logic X, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, Studio One, Sonar, and other DAWs that support AAX, AU, VST and/or VST3 plug-in formats.

Activation:

  •  Active internet connection required OR physical iLok USB Dongle required.

Important note: McDSP plug-ins require either a physical iLok2 or iLok3 USB Dongle or an iLok License Manager account and an iLok Cloud session for authorization.

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