Whats your all-purpose/secret sauce compressor plugin?

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KVRian
509 posts since 10 Mar, 2020

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:46 am

Hey guys,
Im curious whats are all purpose compressor plugin which you could use on every material like vocals, instruments, drums, master channel etc. and get always good results with?

Whats your secret sauce compressor?

What makes those comps special?

Digital, Analog emulation, multi emulations (like DMG Trackcomp) - all welcome, just interested and the results! ;)

Cheers!
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KVRian
825 posts since 21 Nov, 2015

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:08 am

Still MJUC.
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KVRian
847 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:36 am

DC8C3
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KVRAF
2324 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:18 am

Man, I jump around all the time. Been using PSP FETpressor a lot lately. I use Ableton's compressor quite a bit. Sometimes Waves MV2, usually in conjunction with another compressor. And sometimes Silika for the special sauce.
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KVRAF
4194 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:33 am

Big fan of FirComp2, to name just one...

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KVRian
967 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:37 am

IK Tape Machine 80.

I’ve developed a signal flow that emulates the old way of printing everything to tape. It is working amazingly well. I get the sound I want almost entirely from how hard I push the tape with console preamp/EQ plugins. I usually don’t need any compression or eq after that now. Effects get printed as well in most cases. That is how it was done in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and it’s a key ingredient to what makes it sound like a record.

If something needs a little more compression, it will get the built-in compression on the SSL channel I have following the tape.
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KVRAF
12656 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:50 am

An 1176-style compressor (FETpressor is a great one) can be for everything except master channel. I get better results with Vari-Mu-types on busses.

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KVRAF
12656 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:51 am

jamcat wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:37 am
IK Tape Machine 80.

I’ve developed a signal flow that emulates the old way of printing everything to tape. It is working amazingly well. I get the sound I want almost entirely from how hard I push the tape with console preamp/EQ plugins. I usually don’t need any compression or eq after that now. Effects get printed as well in most cases. That is how it was done in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and it’s a key ingredient to what makes it sound like a record.
You're the digital Steve Albini. ;)

Do you find the 80 to be better for this than the other IK Tape Machines and tape plugins from other companies?

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KVRian
967 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:07 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:51 am
jamcat wrote:
Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:37 am
IK Tape Machine 80.

I’ve developed a signal flow that emulates the old way of printing everything to tape. It is working amazingly well. I get the sound I want almost entirely from how hard I push the tape with console preamp/EQ plugins. I usually don’t need any compression or eq after that now. Effects get printed as well in most cases. That is how it was done in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and it’s a key ingredient to what makes it sound like a record.
You're the digital Steve Albini. ;)

Do you find the 80 to be better for this than the other IK Tape Machines and tape plugins from other companies?
The MCI is also good. I just use the A80 because it’s the standard. The other models are 7½-15ips 2-track machines. They have a bit more dirt and seem less appropriate for the process I’m trying to emulate (‘80s pro-studio.)

The one thing that IK is really missing from the Tape Machines, though, is an Ampex ATR-102 for the mixbuss. That’s what you would mix down to (at 30ips), not the lowfi 15ips Ampex AG-440B they give you. Maybe if you were doing some Motown or garage rock the 440 would be the thing to use.

I’ve had Slate VTM for years and used it in a much less refined/methodical way, but I never really got the legit vibe from it or any others I’ve tried prior to IK. I’m sure UAD would work if I had it. So I tend to mostly rely on IK for “the next best thing.”
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KVRAF
1838 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:35 pm

DC8C can do nearly anything. My "secret sauce" compressors are the ones that work well on particular sources :D

KVRian
847 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:53 pm

yes, but wasn't the question what we use on everything?
Plus i think DC8C is also very good on specialized things.
Of course there are more specialized tools that hopefully are awesome at the certain tasks they were designed for.
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KVRist
148 posts since 12 Sep, 2007

Post Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:08 pm

That must be McDSP 6030 then.

KVRAF
4752 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:39 am

u-he Presswerk for me


It's a similar concept as DC8C - easy submodes that can expand to extremely tweakable main mode. It has some extras compared to DC8C, and a few things less.
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KVRer
4 posts since 26 Jul, 2021

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:46 am

u-he Presswerk for me too. Does just about everything! I usually have Presswerk and Satin on every track - I know I should switch things up sometimes but I don't..!

KVRist
270 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Post 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.
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