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Frontier by D16 Group is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.13 to 13
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Frontier is a studio-grade limiter plug-in with simple and straightforward user interface. It allows for quick and efficient controlling dynamics of a channel, bus or master output. Frontier can be used as very transparent mixing / mastering limiter (at certain settings) with just licking the loudest amplitude peaks, or can be utilized as sound-shaper too, when more extreme settings are at stake. Especially with soft-clip option is enabled.

Key features:

  • Configurable control input.
  • Automatic output gain make up.
  • Controllable release characteristic.
  • Optional soft clip.
  • Tag based preset browser.
  • MIDI-learn functionality throughout.
  • 64-bit internal processing.

Pricing and availability

The product is available for registered D16 software users only and it's available for free.

Copy protection

License key file (activation online / offline).

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.00 from 4 reviews

Reviewed By New Media Supply [all]
July 23rd, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.2.1 on Windows

Hi, this is my first review on KVR.

Today I've spent the whole day comparing compressors for my voice. And I found out that Frontier gave the best results for my voice. My findings:

  • Adds a welcome coloration I didn't find in other compressors.
  • Very easy to set up.
  • No clicks or plops on my track where other compressors showed these.
  • I perceived more volume without any pumping effect.
  • It punches while showing air and enough mid-high.
  • While other compressors easily make the sound dead, this one doesn't.

For my voice, it's excellent, but for other tracks, I prefer other compressors with more adjustments.

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Reviewed By Trader One [all]
January 8th, 2022
Version reviewed: 2022 on Windows

I use analog obsession compressor plugins as reference gold standard = 4 stars.

This one does not sound clean to be match for AO. It distort sound where it should not. Its not that big distortion, lot of plugins sounds much worse. Overall, if you find musical use for it because you like the sound and UI - you might sometimes use it on certain sounds which are distorted already and not very long. On clean long sounds its pretty noticeable.

Download is annoying, while it is free, you need to create account and online authorize plugin on first run.

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Reviewed By BradoSanz [all]
November 22nd, 2018
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows


I had no trouble downloading the plugin and getting it to work -

-Simply go to the "Frontier" page on the website: https://d16.pl/frontier.

-On the top right, click the red button "Download free"

-It will prompt you to LOGIN or CREATE AN ACCOUNT.

-Download and activate the Frontier plugin using the login credentials you created on the website.


Enjoy and I hope this cleared things up for those of you having trouble.

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Reviewed By colobelporridge [all]
May 20th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.0.0 on Windows

This sounds really great, hard to fault. But getting the plugin is a real hassle and the site is very cryptic. The only way i could get it was by having an account and also by gettiing a demo of another product but they dont really tell you this at all. I think they are missing out on customers because i have read of people on forums giving up on even getting this because they cant figure it out.

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Comments & Discussion for D16 Group Frontier

Discussion: Active
21 December 2022 at 2:11am

Why does everyone keep calling this a compressor? It states (very clearly) that's it's a LI-MI-TER.

It does sound good on a lot of sources, but if youre going to write a review, at LEAST know what you are reviewing.

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