Whats your all-purpose/secret sauce compressor plugin?

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9024 posts since 16 Aug, 2006

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:06 am

TrackComp has a mode that can cover everything. I may like some other compressors more, but if I could only have one compressor it would be TrackComp.

680 posts since 8 Jan, 2017

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:06 am

TDR Kotelnikov, it sounds good on everything, even though it's a clean compressor.

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281 posts since 22 Nov, 2015

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:40 am

Quite like the Voosteq Material Comp as an all rounder

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705 posts since 26 Nov, 2007

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:52 am

if i told you then it wouldn't be a secret sauce now would it?

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196 posts since 21 Jul, 2016

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:03 am

In software I often use the Logic stock compressor. It’s actually really usable.. has a range of different styles of compressor emulation built-in, a limiter etc.

3001 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:03 am

Xfer OTT

101 posts since 24 Sep, 2019

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:43 am

There is no "Secret Sauce" comp (or EQ or whatever). there is just a "sauce" one "cooks" (inserting all sorts of plugs to process the signal)

ALL the aforementioned comps are great (namely MJUC, DC8C3, PSP FETpressor, Silika, Uhbik-C, DMG TrackComp, Xfer OTT - among many MANY others like Waves, Slate and the likes).... but the one that CHANGED the game - literally - as far as compression goes (at least clean, reliable and robust compression) - its FirComp FREE.

it does EXACTLY what it says on the tin (AND THEN SOME), and it does so gloriously. you can then further mangle the compression, should you wish, with one of the never-ending list of comps around (or distortion or whatever you should wish for coloring your signal). I do own FirComp2 but as a run-and-gun, set-and-forget comp, this is as far as you can go (for the time being). FirComp2 is great, make no mistake, but as it forces one into twiddling - it kinda losing its explosive, immediate charm (at least IMO). but it (Fc2) does offer you way more expandability (Even cleaner than Fircomp1, Mid / side processing mode, stereo options with stereo link and balance, Perceived loudness metering with easy makeup gain and balance snapping - among many other options).


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528 posts since 10 Mar, 2020

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:16 am

EdSfer wrote:
Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:03 am
An all-purpose would be smart:comp when I have no idea if I really need compression, or when I'm not sure about the settings, just to see what it does by itself. When I like it, I try to copy settings in another compressor (because 40ms of latency is a no-go at the production stage).

If I had to keep only one to cover all my needs it would probably be Presswerk. Sounds great and is so deep that it can do everything. DC8C3 as an alternative.

But the real secret sauce is still Supercharger GT on the drumbus.
got to try the supercharger! I usually do my paralell compression return channel with it. its amazing for that!

4983 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:17 am

Michey wrote:
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:43 am
the inflation on uhbik-c is something tho, i don't think i have any other compressor with that

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137 posts since 14 Dec, 2013

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:18 pm

Vladg Molot - kind of swiss knife if you ask me. Works as standard predictable compressor in normal mode but you can switch it to the second mode and make transients explode. I know there was successor released ( TDR Molotok ) but I'm not a fan of new interface.

21338 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 1:37 pm

My GoTo comp for most stuff is (and has been for years) the IK White 2a - that things just works for me.

1836 posts since 11 Jan, 2009 from Portland, OR, USA

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 1:38 pm

U-He Presswerk, easy. It does everything, wonderfully.
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4567 posts since 21 Sep, 2005

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:45 pm

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9345 posts since 12 May, 2008

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:34 pm

I've always like the multi-band compressor in Izotope Trash. Also liking comprexxor that I got in the IK group buy.
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1001 posts since 30 Jun, 2014 from Pacific NW

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:32 pm

Most tracks: SSL BusComp v2

Some tracks: AR-1 or Molot GE or Twin-L or Novatron or etc. as needed for the track

Mixbus: Kotelnikov GE

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