Free compressors: hidden gems

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jochicago
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447 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:52 pm

Was testing out compressors in honor of adding Limiter 6 GE to the collection, and wanted to give a shout out to some very good compressors that I don't often see mentioned:

Sonic Anomaly:
These plugins are really something
https://sonic.supermaailma.net/plugins

In particular Hybrid Bus Compressor 2 and Quadracom. Killer plugins. Versatile, unique featureset, you can probably mix anything you want with just one of these on every track. HBC2 can do anything, but Quadracom is a monster for touching up a vocal track or something that you want to really iron out if you take the time to learn the plugin. And of course Slax.

Hornet Fat Fet
https://www.hornetplugins.com/plugins/hornet-fat-fet/
If you don't have an 1176 in your collection (and even if you do) grab this and try it on your next project. Sweet sounding plugin.

heavymetalmixer
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400 posts since 8 Jan, 2017

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:11 pm

Kilohearts Limiter, is pretty good but for some reason absolutely no one talks about it.

S.L.A.X. is one my favorites btw, it can be dark but also transparent depending on the color setting, easy to use and the most versatile two-knobs compressor in the free world.

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The Noodlist
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679 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:12 pm

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ccDuckett
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458 posts since 15 Jun, 2011 from Betwixt or between

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:01 pm

Other than what's already been mentioned, I'm a fan of:
Blockfish
as_fbComp
sixtyfive
Compressor AC1
Dynamic Frequency Limiter
SlickHDR
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crimsonwarlock
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2078 posts since 18 Apr, 2001 from The Netherlands

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:50 pm

CrimsonWarlock aka TechnoGremlin, using Reaper and a fine selection of freeware plugins.

Ragnarök VST-synthesizer co-creator with Full Bucket

onerob
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297 posts since 28 Oct, 2014

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:59 am


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Halonmusic
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Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:38 am

Don't be a Sheep. :borg:

Izak Synthiemental
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519 posts since 4 Aug, 2010

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:49 am

Since you include 32 bit plugins, you should definitely not forget about Thrillseeker VBL (Vintage Broadcasting Limiter). The best Vari-Mu emulation out there PERIOD! :ud: :love:

In the 64 bit world MJUC jr and DC1A are absolute gems, though not hidden (quite popular I think).
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codec_spurt
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3550 posts since 21 Sep, 2005

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:48 pm


Good list.

I was going to say jsCompShaper

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Great compressor, great GUI. It works slightly differently to other comps, but gives similar results. One you can have a lot of fun playing about with. Hard to believe it's free with all the work that went in to it.

There is also Compressive by Martin Eastwood:

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https://www.kvraudio.com/product/compre ... wood-audio

An easy to use yet very powerful and great sounding compressor. Computer Music did a version of it as well that you should check out. I learned my whole base knowledge about compression with this free plugin. It will always have a place in my heart.


As for Antress stuff, I posted quite a bit before about them. Categorizing them to the units they were supposed to 'emulate'.

That one caught my eye though -

Modern VRME v2.70
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I always remember it as VFME -

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http://www.dancetech.com/item.cfm?threadid=4132

For some reason he pulled it after release. Maybe the Fairchild 670 reference was too much for some people. Did he change the code? It's a different 'dll'.

It is a really really superb compressor that performs magic on the transients of snare hits. It's just got so much mojo it's not true. A really superb comp.

This is another great one by him -

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https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques ... -wilkinson

Obvious to see what it's modeled on, maybe it even sounds a bit like the original. But it sounds good none the less.

Just a bit unstable. Tends to crash so be careful when you use them.

Other than that, they are real winners.
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The Noodlist
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679 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:04 pm

codec_spurt wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:48 pm
Just a bit unstable. Tends to crash so be careful when you use them.

Other than that, they are real winners.
Been OK bridged with Jbridge.
Yeah, it looks like I got the VFME mixed up with another model. :ud:
Antress Modern 1.30
Antress Modern 1.35
Antress Modern 1.80
Antress Modern 2.45
Antress Modern 3.27
Antress Modern 4.95
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AndreasH
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frackermak
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39 posts since 22 Nov, 2018 from UK

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:24 am

ReaComp for Reaper users :tu:

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crimsonwarlock
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2078 posts since 18 Apr, 2001 from The Netherlands

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:30 am

frackermak wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:24 am
ReaComp for Reaper users :tu:
Not only for reaper users, it's in the free Reaper VST effects bundle :D
CrimsonWarlock aka TechnoGremlin, using Reaper and a fine selection of freeware plugins.

Ragnarök VST-synthesizer co-creator with Full Bucket

frackermak
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39 posts since 22 Nov, 2018 from UK

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:01 am

crimsonwarlock wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:30 am
frackermak wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:24 am
ReaComp for Reaper users :tu:
Not only for reaper users, it's in the free Reaper VST effects bundle :D
Even better! :hihi:

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The Noodlist
KVRian
679 posts since 16 Aug, 2017 from UK

Re: Free compressors: hidden gems

Post Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:04 am

crimsonwarlock wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:30 am
frackermak wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:24 am
ReaComp for Reaper users :tu:
Not only for reaper users, it's in the free Reaper VST effects bundle :D
Reaper users have the latest version AFAIK, resolved issues outlined by Dan Worrall, where non reaper users don't. Not knocking it, just saying.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpXqYk1FoWA
The Reajs also has lots of cool FX.
Here's some others. https://geraintluff.github.io/jsfx/
https://stash.reaper.fm/u/macfizz
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