|Developer||de la Mancha|
|Type / Tags||Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter)|
sixtyfive is a vintage-style, RMS Compressor, inspired by the dbx 165A, a classic 1970s compressor found in many studios, but it also adds a couple of new twists.
It's a soft-knee RMS compressor with a vintage flavour. The RMS detection and soft-knee help to give a smooth and musical compression experience, the non-linear response imparts character and the gentle saturation brings colour and warmth. As well as all of the originals features, this version adds parallel compression, extended knob ranges and peak metering.
sixtyfive can deliver a range of compression from gentle smoothing of vocal performances to brutal slamming of your drum buss.
- Vintage style RMS compressors with non-linear response, parallel compression and comprehensive metering.
- Subtle colouring from a unique blend of harmonics, saturation and noise.
- RMS detection offers natural response.
- Soft Knee makes for a less obvious transition.
- Wet/Dry control allows blending of dry uncompressed signal for phase-free NY style parallel compression.
- Non-linear attack/release curves give unique character.
- Auto attack/release with manual option.
- Manual attack/release has ultra-low values.
- Distortion reduction for very short release times.
- Linked Stereo input detection, can be unlinked.
- Internal or external sidechain routing.
- Additional 'Internal sidechain only' version.
- Optional hard limiting on final output.
- Metering covers stereo input, output and gain reduction. All meters show actual and peak levels with adjustable peak hold time.
- LED display to indicate above and below threshold, and in the knee.
- Non-linear knobs for precise control at small values.
- 18 presets covering different configurations.
Reviewed By Starship Krupa
April 1, 2017
Do yourself a favor and try the only freeware dbx compressor emulation around.
This is a truly amazing compressor, the one that has most helped me grasp what good compressors are capable of. I can make my vocals float 6" in front of the rest of the mix with it.
If it were available in a 64-bit build, I would need no other track compressor. As it is, I am scrambling to try to get close to this one using MCompressor and ReaComp.
The included presets are obscurely named, and their output is set to greater than unity, but that is not unheard of in the plug-in scene.
Kudos, many thanks to De la Mancha for creating such a great piece of software in the first place, and then releasing it as freeware.Read more
Reviewed By bduffy
April 1, 2017
sixtyfive is one of the things I miss from when I was using Windows. God, I would kill for a Mac port of this (but I realize that's impossible).
I've tried UAD's and Waves' dbx emus, and to me, this one sounds the best, retaining the bottom end of the input and not collapsing into digital mush as quickly as the aforementioned—especially at high gain-reduction levels.
It's worth 10x its asking price. Cannot recommend it enough.Read more