Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

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

Post Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:51 pm

I own both.

I use Presswerk regularly. It's one of my go-to, frequently reached for tools. I love the UI, the sound, the workflow with it. Love it on drums and on bass, it's a key part of my rhythm section mixing.

I can't remember the last time I loaded up Pro-C2. I should probably sell it. I'm sure it's fine, but I have no need for it. Honestly it doesn't seem to do anything better than what I can achieve with Ableton's native compressor (for my needs, that is, so don't come at me with BUT IT HAS...;) ) other than I suppose slicker UI, but meh.

Presswerk is golden, imho.
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170 posts since 16 Feb, 2017

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:21 pm

I've tried both, got TDR Kotelnikov GE.

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1969 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:21 am

I have them both. IMHO, Presswerk is definitely a more comprehensive, flexible
and ultimately more interesting compressor than Pro C2.

However, if none of that particularly matters to you, I would certainly get Pro C2.
While IMO, it's not the finest compressor available, it definitely is not a bad one.
I doubt many would argue that it wasn't at least in the same league as any competition
they'd be willing to pit it against. While, in terms of shear visual feedback about
what it's actually doing to your audio, it's likely, 2nd to none. Add that to great sound,
precision, usability and efficiency, you can't really go wrong. :shrug:

If what you want is a great, 'go to' compressor, Pro C2 is a fine choice and
certainly one of the best. Overall, Pro C2 ranks very high, make no mistake.


489 posts since 29 May, 2011 from Germany

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:10 am

I always hated compressors, as I never got anything useful out of any of them - and I tried literally dozens. Sometimes the sound bothered me, sometimes the GUI, sometimes I just couldn´t stretch things as far as I´d have liked to.

However, I still followed the advice of a friend to give Presswerk a try anyway, and I decided to buy it after 30 minutes of demo-ing. It´s transparent when I want it to, and it colors the sound drastically when I want it to.

It boils down to a question of taste/personal preference though. Fidelity wise, I hold Fabfilter in equally high regard as u-he.

5243 posts since 5 Aug, 2009

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:20 am

I got c2 now too... even i got already too many but it makes so much fun to also see what happens. Soundwise i dunno how transparent it is. I start to not give a cent anymore and concentrate more on workflow, fun. If i want to saturate i use some saturation plugins.
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22 posts since 21 Jan, 2018 from Sydney, Australia

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:22 pm

I love presswerk! The saturation section can make some delicious sounds! So sexy ;) Pro-C, I'm guessing is good for the clean stuff. :)

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727 posts since 30 Mar, 2014

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Tue May 15, 2018 9:30 pm

For what I do, I put Presswork on my master with VCA-type settings. For individual tracks, I tend to use one of the Glue (Ableton or Cytomic) compressors or Pro-C2. Pro-C2 mostly on vocals for some reason, like if I’m editing voice overs or podcasts. But to be honest, I don’t really get excited about using Pro-C2, even though I really really love Pro-L2.

4567 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Wed May 16, 2018 6:26 am

They are simply different tools...

I don't own Presswerk anymore, but I actually want to buy it back again.

Pro-C2 doesn't have saturation. This is the one of the biggest differences beyond the obvious UI. Pro-C2 has several different compression modes, which means different curves for attack/release, but it's not a 1:1 hardware emulation with modeled hardware saturation, so the different modes just affect the way it attacks and releases.

In addition to that they've added Auto Release (very useful and Presswerk does have an auto-adapt release), a "listen" mode to hear exactly what is being compressed, a stereo mode (so R/L can be compressed independently for dynamic stereo sources) and a number of other features for better controlling and visualizing how compression is applied. Overall, Pro-C2 is just a clean work-horse compressor.

I honestly think you need both, especially if you've already placed Presswerk with saturation, but realize you need more compression. Pro-C2 in series is great here.

463 posts since 6 Dec, 2014

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Wed May 16, 2018 4:22 pm

analoguish work - presswerk
non-analoguish work - pro-c2

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2180 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Thu May 17, 2018 1:14 pm

nicksohn wrote:analoguish work - presswerk
non-analoguish work - pro-c2
That's a good way to put it! :tu: :phones:

2733 posts since 26 Nov, 2015 from Way Downunder

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Thu May 17, 2018 2:40 pm

Analog character isn't strictly about harmonics. Despite having a reputation for being comparatively "clean", Pro-C2 does actually have a lot of 'character' in the different style modes.

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3057 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Fabfilter Pro C2 vs Presswerk

Post Tue May 22, 2018 8:45 pm

the envelopes have character.

I'm tempted to think if you owned Presswerk and Pro-C2, you'd have all compression bases covered.
but my Dynamics plugin folder would tell a different story :P

it's like, an artist doesn't just have one red in their paintbox... it's good to have different shades on-hand

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