Whats your all-purpose/secret sauce compressor plugin?

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KVRAF
1645 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:36 pm

I still haven't found anything cleaner than Endeavor FX's VSVC after trying everything I've been able to find. Yes, typical secret weapon, people don't seem to care about it. On my Even Opals, it's the very best compressor in the world to my ears. I'm only working with it.

I also love Plugin Alliance's VSC-2 and DMG Audio Compassion with all my heart, but... no, VSVC sounds cleaner to me. Voxengo's Marquis Compressor is also very, very good, but adds coloration to me. Klanghelm MJUC is absolutely marvelous, but coloured, and Tokyo Dawn Records Kotelnikov GE is also one of my favourites ever (too bad it's only a mastering compressor, it fails when trying to deeply compress). Kush Audio are making wonderful compressors also, such as Novatron and AR-1, but coloration is their target. Toneboosters made a quite excellent work with their classic BusCompressor also.
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KVRian
1475 posts since 3 Oct, 2001 from Thailand

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:43 pm

DJErmac wrote:
Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:36 pm
I still haven't found anything cleaner than Endeavor FX's VSVC after trying everything I've been able to find. Yes, typical secret weapon, people don't seem to care about it. On my Even Opals, it's the very best compressor in the world to my ears. I'm only working with it.

I also love Plugin Alliance's VSC-2 and DMG Audio Compassion with all my heart, but... no, VSVC sounds cleaner to me. Voxengo's Marquis Compressor is also very, very good, but adds coloration to me. Klanghelm MJUC is absolutely marvelous, but coloured, and Tokyo Dawn Records Kotelnikov GE is also one of my favourites ever (too bad it's only a mastering compressor, it fails when trying to deeply compress). Kush Audio are making wonderful compressors also, such as Novatron and AR-1, but coloration is their target. Toneboosters made a quite excellent work with their classic BusCompressor also.
FirComp (free) might be another one to try if clean is the goal. :)
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KVRAF
1887 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from Seattle, WA - USA

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:07 pm

It used to be Waves C1: easy to use, extremely flexible and low CPU. But, I've grown to dislike their business model, licensing and update policies, so these days I'm drifting on a sea of 50 compressors rarely knowing which one to use half the time. I'll be watching this thread with interest because I'd love to find my "everywhere" C1 replacement.
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KVRAF
11291 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:10 pm

I like TrackComp a lot.
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KVRist
270 posts since 27 Aug, 2015 from Paris, France

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:10 am

Tendou wrote:
Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:16 am
got to try the supercharger! I usually do my paralell compression return channel with it. its amazing for that!
I too use it as a parallel comp (on a punchy drumbus). Always the same settings : Saturation/Character at 9 o'clock, Att/Rls at minimum (slam setting), 8db GR, 50% dry/wet. Works all the time. With snappy drums I tend to try other options. But I should really try to use it on more sources.
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KVRAF
1940 posts since 2 Mar, 2004

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:31 am

Voxengo Marquis

KVRist
76 posts since 17 Oct, 2020

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:38 am

All purpose? Stock Live Comp.

I also like Acme Opticom and Pulsar Mu.

KVRist
160 posts since 31 Aug, 2020

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:02 am

I like Presswerk because of its adaptability.
Live's glue compressor is nice for the high hats buss or/and drum buss.
MJUC mk1 model, forefront on annoying bassy material, with fast release.

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KVRian
954 posts since 27 Mar, 2013

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 5:22 am

Tendou wrote:
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!
I do not have an all purpose compressor. I'm not sure something like that is existing. When I use compression than mostly for creative effects like pumping, transient shaping and such or I use them very technically for slightly catching peaks, gluing or tonal balancing.

'non-effect-y'
Live Compressor: for catching peaks or for layering sounds like drums
TDR Kotelnikov GE: on sub-mixes and mastering <3

'effect-y'
ShapeShifter (by Aberrant DSP): a lot of creative possibilities from smashing, compressing, gluing, transient shaping, distorting
Live Multiband Dynamics: smashing drums with this thing mostly, can turn reverb and delay also in vast spaces. Can also be used to shape the overall envelope of a sound in very interesting ways.

'in-between'
The Glue (in Live): on sub-mixes, single instruments and for parallel compression and for layering synth sounds
TDR Molot GE: on sub-mixes, single instruments when I want to color them and for parallel compression
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KVRAF
6668 posts since 13 Nov, 2015 from Norway

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:22 am

DC8C and mpressor
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KVRAF
1717 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:37 am

Trackcomp would get my vote for flexible all round compressor, too. Highly flexible but way easier to use than e.g. DC8C (never really gelled with that) or Presswerk.
Still there’s something about TC’s user interface that prevents me from using it more, can’t exactly pinpoint what. I guess i just prefer virtual knobs over horizontal faders :oops:

KVRAF
1717 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:43 am

Tronam wrote:
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:07 pm
….so these days I'm drifting on a sea of 50 compressors rarely knowing which one to use half the time….
That is probably the most lyrical description for the “I have too many compressors”-option paralysis situation I’ve read so far :ud:

KVRAF
4740 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:03 am

Tronam wrote:
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:07 pm
It used to be Waves C1: easy to use, extremely flexible and low CPU. But, I've grown to dislike their business model, licensing and update policies, so these days I'm drifting on a sea of 50 compressors rarely knowing which one to use half the time. I'll be watching this thread with interest because I'd love to find my "everywhere" C1 replacement.
Presswerk, DC8C, TrackComp2 or FabFilter ProC2. Those are pretty swiss army like.

ProC2 is completely under-rated imo. It's not "just clean" because it has several useful modes and it can do a lot of shit. I did very Mu-Like and very FET-like stuff with Pro C2, you just have to push it right.

I don't have all of these. If i had to pick one it would be a tossup between ProC2 and presswerk.
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KVRian
846 posts since 14 Jul, 2018

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:46 am

Ploki wrote:
Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:03 am
ProC2 is completely under-rated imo. It's not "just clean" because it has several useful modes
yes
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just was about to to ask: why no fabfilter pro-c love ?

so here: pro-c and eventide omnipressor

KVRAF
4740 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:54 am

i guess because people assume it's character-less due to unimposing interface and supposedly digital approach.
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