|Developer||de la Mancha|
|Type / Tags||Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter)|
D2 is an all-rounder compressor with an easy to use interface. It demonstrates the compressor algorithms of its big brothers, bathtub and sidearm while keeping the interface simple for quickly dialing in some common settings. D2 can be heavy or subtle, razor quick or gentle, clean or dirty and is happy as an insert or buss compressor.
- Stereo compressor with gain reduction meter.
- True stereo - each channel is compressed independently.
- Threshold down to -40dB.
- Ratio 1.5:1 to infinity.
- Attack from 0-30 ms.
- Release from 5ms to 2.4s.
- Make-up gain to 20dB.
- VU meter shows actual and peak levels of gain reduction.
- Dirt option gives added distortion and enhancement.
- All control parameters named and mapped to MIDI CC.
Reviewed By U-o
November 28, 2012
Often I ask myself if it is necessary to buy commercial plugins. Yes, it is... sometimes. The first time when I used this plugin I was really excited; clean GUI, just few knobs and good results... ideal for beginers.
Over time I started to see minor flaws. The biggest problem for me are these knobs: Ratio, Attack and Release. I don't know why, but Threshold (0 - -40dB) and Make-Up (0 - +20dB) knobs can be turned gradually (I'm using FL studio and I can see knob's current value in "Hint Bar"). Ratio could be set from 1.5:1 to infinity, but value in Hint Bar starts in 0.0000, and it shows 4 when it is 10:1 (???WHY???), moreover knob only "jumping" from value to another value and turning is not smooth. This is similar for knobs Atack and Release. Therefore, I think, that you can't set exact values, but only approximate values for these knobs. If you want something more precise, I suggest to buy de la Mancha Sixtyfive compressor - it's only 15$.
I really like VU meter (very useful) and also "Dirt" button - I loved it on drum bus. When "Dirt" button is ON, CPU is little higher, but not more than 5% in my old laptop (1.6GHz).
If you want good, free and easy to use compressor, get it, you can't go wrong.Read more