Presswerk vs Pro C2

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KVRAF
5019 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:57 am

I demoed tb compressor 4, and i think that pro-c2 has better a more refined workflow. Cant recall what specific, i just got anywhere faster with pro-c2. There’s some neat features in comp4 tho.

and 29€ vs 149€ is a nobrainer, one is either terribly underpriced or the other is overpriced.
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KVRian
891 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:47 am

so I would say if you want more a vintage style compressor then DC8C and more a modern style then the Toneboosters compressor)
haven't tried any TB products, but IMO the only thing really vintage about DC8C3 is the GUI.
It's sounding very modern to me though
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KVRAF
5945 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:22 am

rod_zero wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:00 pm
what other options are there for compressors with a lot of character, I make mostly electronic music so using the compressor to add character, punch and saturation is much more important.
I like NI Supercharger GT.

I've kind of gotten away from Presswerk. I went through a phase of trying to use it in mastering, and kept having a bit too much grunge that I'd then have to deal with. As soon as I dropped it from my mastering chain things got easier and smoother. But I never went back to using it for character purposes since I like Supercharger GT so much.

On the other hand, I can't quite bring myself to sell the license...

KVRAF
3190 posts since 27 Jul, 2004

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 6:26 am

foosnark wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:22 am
rod_zero wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:00 pm
what other options are there for compressors with a lot of character, I make mostly electronic music so using the compressor to add character, punch and saturation is much more important.
I like NI Supercharger GT.

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Before spending any money I would recommend trying first the free Molotok compressor from TDR...

A second great and cheap option would be MJUC from Klanghelm...

Both should fit the needs quite well

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KVRAF

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3260 posts since 28 Jan, 2011 from MEXICO

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 9:59 am

foosnark wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:22 am
rod_zero wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:00 pm
what other options are there for compressors with a lot of character, I make mostly electronic music so using the compressor to add character, punch and saturation is much more important.
I like NI Supercharger GT.

I've kind of gotten away from Presswerk. I went through a phase of trying to use it in mastering, and kept having a bit too much grunge that I'd then have to deal with. As soon as I dropped it from my mastering chain things got easier and smoother. But I never went back to using it for character purposes since I like Supercharger GT so much.

On the other hand, I can't quite bring myself to sell the license...
I had super charger for a while but I felt it did too much and was hard to control, maybe I should look more into it.
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KVRian
1187 posts since 11 Sep, 2015

Post Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:59 pm

no one else using boz manic comp in here? that's my default one these days. it's a zero latency design so no lookahead but otherwise it has quite everything. the attack behavior at short values sounds similar to the good hardware comps to me.

KVRian
1040 posts since 16 Jan, 2018 from Portland, OR USA

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:16 pm

acYm wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:59 pm
no one else using boz manic comp in here? that's my default one these days. it's a zero latency design so no lookahead but otherwise it has quite everything. the attack behavior at short values sounds similar to the good hardware comps to me.
I'm with you. Amazing plug. Like everything else Boz.
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KVRAF
1699 posts since 25 Apr, 2009 from France

Post Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:24 pm

acYm wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 7:59 pm
no one else using boz manic comp in here? that's my default one these days. it's a zero latency design so no lookahead but otherwise it has quite everything. the attack behavior at short values sounds similar to the good hardware comps to me.
I agree, it's a very, very good one. :tu:
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KVRAF
1887 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:36 am

FapFilter wrote:
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:47 am
so I would say if you want more a vintage style compressor then DC8C and more a modern style then the Toneboosters compressor)
haven't tried any TB products, but IMO the only thing really vintage about DC8C3 is the GUI.
It's sounding very modern to me though
Have you played much with the "styles" presets? These are mainly based on famous compressors and tweak the RMS window and transfer function accordingly.

KVRian
891 posts since 29 Oct, 2015 from Jupiter 8

Post Tue Oct 19, 2021 2:38 pm

no, i only played “with the whole thing“
And while i agree with someone who once mentioned somewhere it was also somewhat modeled to mimic a Neve 33609 amongst others, i think it does it only partially as it might have such behavior, but usually still sounds much cleaner and less coloring than what i get from dedicated vintage compressors.
Not that it's a bad thing, i think it's actually superior, unless you are specifically looking for “old / vintage“
Of course i might be doing something wrong, but in my case, my wrong is actually more right (to me) anyway
The way i use it, DC8C is actually one of the cleanest compressors i know
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KVRist
105 posts since 14 Apr, 2019

Post Sun Oct 24, 2021 7:19 pm

C2 will get a job done but it sounds meh...
A good comp not just about gain reduction but it gives musical feel to the sound.
My SSL comp works its magic even with zero GR ! The combination of att,rel and ratio should determine the character.
Listen what they do to your track and.you decide which one suitable for the job.
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KVRAF
5019 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 3:03 am

If you can't get a musical feel from C2 you're using it wrong
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KVRist
421 posts since 3 Feb, 2018

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:50 am

Skyfall72 wrote:
Sun Oct 24, 2021 7:19 pm
C2 will get a job done but it sounds meh...
A good comp not just about gain reduction but it gives musical feel to the sound.
My SSL comp works its magic even with zero GR ! The combination of att,rel and ratio should determine the character.
Listen what they do to your track and.you decide which one suitable for the job.
When I use Pro-C2 that's exactly what I want though: just gain reduction, with the lookahead, sidechain and efficient workflow. Flipping through a bunch of processors to 'see what they do with the materials' sucks. I don't have the time.

KVRAF
5019 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Mon Oct 25, 2021 4:53 am

Pumping, Punch, Vocal and Opto all have nice musical feel tho. Sure it doesn't add harmonics/distortion, but so what? I can add that pre/post Pro-c2 easily anyway.
Clean doesn't have a musical feel or color - but i don't expect it to - i expect it to reduce gain as transparently and possibly without imposing anything over sound.
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