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Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) Plugin by u-he
Presswerk - Presets Presswerk - Vocal Compressor View Presswerk - MS Compressor View Presswerk - Limiter View Presswerk - Easy Compressor View Presswerk - Drum Compressor View Presswerk - Bus Compressor View

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Presswerk by u-he 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.
Current PC
CPU with SSE2
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
1GB RAM, more recommended
20MB free disc space
display 1200x800px and up
VST2 or AAX compatible host software
supports 32-bit and 64-bit in all formats
Current Intel-Mac
Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
1GB RAM, more recommended
20MB free disc space
display 1200x800px and up
VST2, AU or AAX compatible host software
supports 32-bit and 64-bit in all formats
Copy Protection
Serial Number
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Presswerk is a powerful and easy-to-use dynamics processor from u-he. With rich feature set and an "everything at your fingertips" interface, Presswerk is well suited for a large range of sound shaping tasks. Presswerk blends the tone and warmth of classic hardware models with modern touches to create a compressor rich in musical soul, but still packs a punch.

Features overview:

  • 3 different detection topologies:
    • feed-forward: more modern style and precise.
    • feed-back: more classic style and musical.
    • interactive (mixture of feed-back and feed-forward).
  • Dual channel (stereo) or two independent channels - control values can be set for both channels or each channel independently.
  • 6 views for specific jobs, faster work flow:
    • Drum Compressor.
    • Vocal Compressor.
    • M/S Program Compressor.
    • Easy Compressor.
    • Bus Compressor.
    • Limiter.
  • M/S (Mid-Side) mode - for more detailed stereo processing and delicate mastering tasks.
  • DPR (Dual Phase Rotation) mode - creates an emulation of classic outboard gear phase response by rotating lower and mid frequencies at input and output stages.
  • Adjustable Soft Knee.
  • Compression Ratio - from 1:1 to 20:1.
  • Adjustable Non Linear control - simulates the behaviour of specific compressors or gain-reduction circuits.
  • Auto Makeup.
  • Full envelope control - adjustment the attack, release, RMS window.
  • Sidechain ready with 6 / 12 dB high pass & low pass filters.
  • Pre or post compression stage saturation with variable "warmth" (tilt filter style) and "dynamics" to model the distortion behaviour of the FET-based voltage dividers from classic devices.
  • Internal parallel compression.
  • Dry / Wet mix controls with high pass filter and expand options.
  • Soft Clip.
  • Analogue style VU meters display gain reduction.
  • User interface zooms in 10% steps.
  • global preferences.
  • MIDI learn controls.
  • 32 & 64-bit VST, AU, AAX.
  • Support for Oddsound MTS-ESP.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By mtelesha [all]
August 19th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

This is the first compression I go to and I usually stop here. It is a great swiss army knife. If this was a hardware compressor it would be 5 racks tall. The UI makes it simple to get something dialed in right away and then tweak and compare is also simple.

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Reviewed By pitchdrifter [all]
June 16th, 2017
Version reviewed: 1.1.1 on Mac

Beautifully musical sounding, highly (yet sensibly) configurable dynamics processor with moderate CPU load.

I was comparing several reputable compressor plugins and was reluctant to try Presswerk. I'm really glad I ended up taking it for a spin.

For my personal priorities (don't need spectrum analysis in a compressor plugin), and for my personal taste Presswerk is by far the best sounding compressor plugin currently on the market, with just enough configuration flexibility to cover all my tracking mixing and mastering needs.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed By Sycopation [all]
April 4th, 2016
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

I'm going to keep this very short as I am definitely no expert on compressors, much less ones that model vintage hardware compressors.

My first thought was "$129 for a compressor, are you kidding?" But now I think it's worth every penny. The very first mix I used it on I could tell that this is no ordinary compressor. It's hard to put into words. It just makes things sound awesome. The presets are great, especially for people like me who only kinda sorta know what they're doing. But I'm actually learning more about using compressors now that I have one I'm actually excited to use. It sounds great, the GUI is inviting, clear and functional. The gain reduction meters are great.

The CPU load might be bit high to use this on every single track, but it's actually moderate enough that most people could probably use it on all their buses + any tracks where they wanted a little extra character, grit, warmth etc. Most DAWs come with very CPU-efficient stock compressors that will do the trick for very basic jobs, so you can save up your juice for where it matters.

If you already have a compressor you love, you might be able to skip this one. But if your experience with compressors so far has been just using them because you basically have to, then try this out. It;s outstanding and you'll soon be rationalizing why it's okay to drop a good chunk of change on it.

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Comments & Discussion for u-he Presswerk

Discussion: Active
8 April 2015 at 4:41pm

My absolutly favorit compressor, thank you soo much u-he for this !.

29 April 2015 at 9:09pm

It looks like the alternate views are back. Am I correct? I'm basing this on a fresh official video that I just saw.

1 May 2015 at 9:23am

Yes, the views are back! They differ from the ones we originally proposed, but they are also much better :)

1 May 2015 at 1:50pm

They are much better although they weren't bad to begin with. Very nice work.

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