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Puncher by W. A. Production is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
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Puncher is a Multi-FX plug-in that will add instant power and punch to your tracks.

In terms of compression, this is the all in one tool you've been dreaming of. Packed into its compact design you will find 3 different effects. A Transient Shaper, Multiband Compressor and Parallel Compressor. It allows you to combine the power of these 3 amazing tools to create a brand new, unique and powerful sound. Puncher not only allows you to to control the amount of the applied effect, it also allows you to control the effect itself. Offering advanced options for each effect you can fine tune every aspect as much as you like. Inside Puncher you will also find 48 configured presets made for various genres and instruments.

Puncher is designed to give you absolute tonal control of transient energy so that you can customize and shape those sounds.

Rather than have 3 separate units, Puncher has the 3 elements you need to give your mix that clear extra punch, all in one compact plugin.

Transient Shaper

The 'Transients' section lets you shape the transients and sustain of your tracks. The main mix control lets you set the intensity of the effect, while the advanced settings give you control over the stereo linking, bandwidth and envelope length of the detection signal, as well as the maximum boost overage or cut that you want to apply to your signal's transients or sustain.

Multiband Compressor

The 'Multiband' section divides your track into 4 bands with subtractive IIR filters, creating a real-time linear phase Multiband split. Every band has its own compressor that applies logarithmic attack and release directly to the required gain reduction value, instead of to the detection signal, smoothing out the compression effect in an analog fashion.

Parallel Compressor

The Parallel section lets you apply smooth parallel compression to even out the dynamics in your track in a very natural way, or create a powerful compression effect. You can also reduce the dynamic range without reduction to the peak level. The compressor has a continuous RMS time control and a knee width control that will let you fine tune the compressor's sensitivity to react aggressive and digital, or silky and analog. By adding a parallel compressor to work with the Multiband band compressor this increases the effective compression ratio and makes the processing more obvious and effective.

In addition to expanding transient peaks, Puncher allows you to shape the frequency response of the transient as well as the sustain signal. Innovations in technology bring new possibilities to customize the sound, plus a new ease of use to achieve the same sought-after results once only achieved by bulky, expensive and complex hardware. Designed with an easily understood and operational interface, Puncher is a compact Multi FX plugin capable of delivering pin drop clarity as well as the hardest most intense punch to your mix.


  • Attack and release transient shaping.
  • Real-time linear phase Multiband compression.
  • Variable RMS parallel compression.
  • Build in preset manager.
  • Before/after dynamics wave display.
  • Smoothed out bypass controls.

Presets Include:

  • 9 Instrument Presets (guitar, brass, string, piano).
  • 8 Drum Presets (deep house, dub, rock, trap).
  • 8 Bass Synth Presets.
  • 6 Synth Lead Presets.
  • 10 Synth Presets by Genre (ambient, hip-hop, future bass).
  • 5 vocal presets.

System Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or higher (32 / 64-bit).
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (32 / 64-bit).

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 3.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By BONES [all]
December 12th, 2022
Version reviewed: 2.0 on Windows

Puncher 2 is a great tool for putting real thump into your drums, especially kicks. I used to use it on kick channels and it never failed to improve the impact and cut-through. These days, because I don't separate my drum channels any more, I put it on the drum mix and it works just as well. I would never even think of doing a mix without it.

It definitely works best on kicks but when used on a drum mix it can also add a bit of an edge to the other percussion sounds, too. I mostly just use the presets it comes with, one of the first 5 or 6 will always give me what I want. Trying to dial it in manually feels a lot more hit and miss, probably because I've never bothered to try and understand how it works. There is no need to. The CPU hit is minimal, the interface is simple and clean and it has never failed to give me what I want.

I try not to give 5 stars too often but this is definitely one effect I would never want to be without. Give it a go, put it on your kick channel and try a few presets and you'll understand why.

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Reviewed By DiBase [all]
December 10th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

This one is bad. I don't think its a good or well made plugin. Got this some time ago for free.


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