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Reviewed By chokehold [read all by] on 11th October 2010
Version reviewed: 2.7 on Windows
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User Interface:
Well, compared to other plugins it does look a little soft and washy, but it doesn't hurt the eyes like oh-so-many others.
The controls are laid out logically, from input gain on the left over FX controls, the visualization and post-FX enhancements to the output volume and a dB meter on the right. The way it should be.
There are lots of readouts, all controls (apart from visualization, zoom and meters) are explicitly labelled with intuitive names.

Sound:
One word: transparency.
I never knew what that meant when I read it. Since I have this plugin, I know. This plugin does affect the sound, as it will tame the dynamics and peaks/transients, but it doesn't add any "color" or "warmth" and doesn't try to add any harmonics, artifacts or other "analog sound". At least none that I could hear.
This is a compressor and a limiter, you use it to really squash signals with it. So if pushed to its extremes, it SHOULD clip and distort the sound something rotten, as distortion is basically nothing else than a dynamic range that's too limited to reproduce a certain level and therefore "cuts the tops off" and makes sound waves increasingly rectangular. But you can mangle signals through this plugin as hard as you wish, and it will still sound good, introduces no to hardly any audible distortion.

Features:
It is actually kind of a one-trick-pony, but I value this as being positive.
There's no need for additional or extended functionality, it does what it says it does - and it does it really well. That's good enough for me.

Documentation:
Let's call it "sufficient". It comes with a 4-page PDF, two pages are taken up by features and the version history. The remaining two pages concentrate on the controls' functions and how to use the plugin. Pretty insightful for anyone with a limited/basic understanding of dynamics.

Presets:
It comes with the usual "Init" reset-preset, with 4 Mastering-presets and an additional that's called "Violator". :)
I'm giving 9 points here, as it does have little presets but in my eyes there's no use for presets at all.
This is a dynamics plugin, it reacts to a track's volume and changes in volume, so it's hard to make useful, universal presets for it, as all tracks have pretty varying dynamics. I'm not much of a preset guy anyway, so this is actually pretty irrelevant to me. 5 presets or 50 ... doesn't make a compressor good or bad.

Customer Support:
I have had eMail contact with Stefan, the developer, in the past, he seems to be a friendly guy who knows his stuff. He answered my questions fast and extensively, that's more than most of the "big" companies have to offer.

Value For Money:
Unbelievable. I've been using this for about a year now, and PeakCompressor is one of the two or three plugins I actually don't regret paying for. It's just SO handy.
Even though it seems it was intended for Mastering purposes, this is so CPU efficient that it can easily go on every track without generating a significant load.
And that's actually what I do with it, no matter if it's a vocal track or a bass/guitar DI track or whatever... if there are any occasional peaks in my recorded material - I use PC to squash 'em and raise the overall volume!

Stability:
Never crashed once in the year that I've been using it. Works well in whatever environment I used it, be it REAPER or Wavosaur.

Conclusion:
Could not live without it! If I had to, I'd pay for it again.

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