GUI - straightforward and obvious what you're doing. I like it.
Features - lots of them. VCA or opto compression - I rarely use the opto compression, but it definitely has a different flavour to VCA - slower and less obvious but good. VCA compression can tame most severe peaks without noticeable artifacts etc. and it seems to be pretty quick when the attack is minimal. M/S mode - again I rarely use it but no doubt has its uses. A brick wall limiter tacked onto the end with -0.1 dB max output so you can use it either as a comp alone/ comp + limiter/ limiter alone. Saturation circuit that can be used alone or in conjunction with the 3 previous options. All the usual a,r,threshold and gain controls. An output AND input booster. Switching for the high/low sections. Pretty well every function you could want in a comp.
Documentation - Absolutley outstanding! Sascha has a separately downloadable tutorial that is over 1.5MB - well worth reading even if you don't use Endorphin. If you're new to compression etc this is an invaluable help.
Presets - not many (5?) but it gives you enough of an idea as to what it can do. Put it as a master insert then load up preset "Loud and Punchy". It may be heavy-handed but you can't fail to be impressed at what it does to your mix - instant gratification and a many-fold increase in quality of any of even your crappier mixes.
Support - Sascha is working commercially now, so there'll be no more updates, but he used to be very available and supportive. Doesn't really need updates as they're good as is.
VFM Absolutely free and several steps above the standard of the usual freebie. Compares well against expensive commercial offerings.
Stability - Never had a crash. Uses around 5-10% CPU on an Athlon 1.1G 512RAM system. Not a particularly small hit for a comp, but when you hear the quality it more than makes up for it.
Sound - the best bit last. A real stunner. The saturation circuit is very subtle (not one of those overdriven grungy affairs) which adds character but doesn't lose any perceived sound quality - it adds that sparkle and warmth that is felt rather than heard. The compression is what I'd call character rather than clinically clean - possibly you may not like its character, but it's difficult to hate. Not one for absolute crystal clarity if that's what you want. Probably the best single band limiter I've heard - you can push it ridiculously hard and it still sounds clean with no nasty clipping heard, and the bonus is you can switch it in or out. The two comp bands are well chosen - my only wish would be to have adjustable x-over - but it's preset. It's chosen to sit well over an entire mix, and it works very well - you can also boost or cut both bands individual output.
Ideal use - a stunning master comp/limiter, that can also work on channels.
My only essential plugin on EVERY track - competes with several 100s$ mastering suites!
Comments & Discussion for digitalfishphones Endorphin
Funny thing with this one... At first I could not move the sliders, only the circular buttons. I almost gave up and then I found I had to move the sliders with my other mouse-button.
This will probably go unnoticed by most, and got to me because I am left-handed and have configured my mouse to swap buttons for left-hand use. It's probably hard-coded to use the right mouse-button for the sliders, which is ok for every right-hand user.
So, nothings broke, it all works, and it's a very nice plugin, I'm loving it on my drums. Now my pinky also get's some mouse-training :D.
This is not supported/developed anymore, am I right? Can live with it, no problem. If any-one else runs into this: try the other mouse-button.
It's only with Dominion and Endorphin. I also have the Fish fillets trio, and they work correctly (maybe because no sliders on there). Perhaps also with other Fish plugins, but I only have those.