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Freelance audio engineer since 1984 and part-time hobby programmer.

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Reviewed By Trader One [all]
January 8th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows

Very good compressor, one of top sounding ones. I measured signal distortion and this is one of best ones I ever seen including commercial ones in $300 price class.

It has very extensive CPU usage. You need to freeze any track with this plugin otherwise its no fun. If freezing is not a problem for you then get it.

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Reviewed By Eine Alte Oma [all]
July 7th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

i would also say that adding autogain and additional gain knobs would make this plugin more comfortable to use. also i'd like to suggest adding a lookahead knob. it's not clear what some of the parameters do, like VU and Gap. I know you explain that in the description but idk, I just don't get it. Maybe it would be cool to see a demonstrational video with some common usecases for those parameters. Apart from that I think it's really great and a lot of fun. The plugin has a unique character defined by the perculiar signal flow between the distortion unit and the compressor as well as some of the internal processors' artefacts. it can be used for subtle settings but it shines when you take it more closer to the extremes (considering you lower the gain afterwards ofc).

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Reviewed By catatron [all]
July 4th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.0.1 on Windows

A rather good sounding compressor, but there are a few issues.

1. No make-up or output gain. I don't think I have to elaborate on why this is a problem for a comrpressor.

2. Oversampling is a CPU hog. And I think I know why.
2a. x8 is an overkill for a compressor.
2b. Judging by what is written in the description, it needlessly upsamples Mid and Side signal, which turns x8 oversampling into x16 CPU usage for no reason, as Mid-Side can be converted from Left-Right and back with no data loss at any point. After upsampling, for example.

So yeah, would like to use it, but can't use oversampling as it eats 50% of my CPU power and have to use a separate gain plugin after (and before too actually) this one to properly gain-stage.

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