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smart:comp 2

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smart:comp 2 by sonible 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.
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smart:comp 2 is a unique compressor plug-in that uses intelligent processing and automatic parametrization to deliver precise and transparent results without compromising the integrity of the input signal. With its wide range of new profiles, smart:comp 2's trailblazing algorithms find well-balanced dynamics for single tracks, busses and even entire mixes. To add the right vibe to any signal, users can shape the compression character anywhere from a clean, transparent style to a dirty, punchy sound with a simple dial.
Spectral processing for well-defined mixes.

The compressor's revolutionary spectral processing ensures a dynamic balance at all times with up to 2000 bands constantly working to enhance transparency and also drives smart:comp 2's remarkable ducking abilities. Potential spectral clashes between the input and the sidechain signal are automatically corrected to give the sidechain signal exactly the space it needs.

Although smart:comp 2 is driven by complex algorithmic innovations in digital sound engineering, users will find the plug-in straightforward and intuitive to use – it actually feels like handling a familiar single band compressor.
Creativity and AI – the best of both worlds.

Shaping dynamics to achieve distinctive sounds has never been easier than with smart:comp 2. This AI-powered audio compressor features a range of completely new controls giving users maximum creative freedom. Among them is a free-form transfer function for achieving sophisticated compression goals, such as selective boosting of signal levels or parallel-style compression. Even the temporal attack and release behavior of the compressor can be freely designed; offering users a sonic playground for unleashing their creativity.
More features, more control.

smart:comp 2 is packed with features, such as mid/side processing and input level riding, that make compression workflows hassle-free. To ensure that users are able to keep track of each parameter's impact on the signal, smart:comp 2 is equipped with real-time monitoring elements, including: instant impact prediction, compression mapping and an RMS level histogram that visualizes the overall dynamics of a track.

With smart:comp 2 we went for versatility – we wanted to create a single compressor for a variety of users and their individual needs. We have developed a dynamic tool that is a joy to work with; combining uncompromised sound with fast results and creative possibilities" Peter Sciri, CTO and co-founder, sonible.

Key features:

  • Automatic compression parametrization with a single click.
  • Spectral processing for tonal and dynamic balance.
  • Frequency-dependent ducking to create space for the sidechain signal.
  • Free-form transfer function and templates for complex compression goals.
  • Color and Style dials to change the character of the compression results.
  • Automatic output gain, mid/side processing, input level riding, surround sound support.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
smart:comp 2

Reviewed By tomlad21 [all]
May 2nd, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.4 on Windows

I purchased this along with Smart Eq 2 and have been very impressed. It isn't your standard compression plugin, as it contains a spectral compressor, that analyses 2k frequency bands and adds compression independently. The results are excellent and even better if used with the secret weapon.. Sidechaining. When hooked up it ducks only the frequencies that clash with the source, giving a better blend between the two sounds, without losing too much information... all in real time.

In conjunction with the Smart EQ2, I've heard a notable improvement in my mix down sand definitely worth the $120 total I paid for the pair in the sale.

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24 October 2020 at 3:45am

Smart Comp and Smart Eq are causing latency issues, so no tracking possible and mixing only more or less after having made some settings. The crudity of sonible's products is not making me buy anything. The concept is nice, but if you wanna reach the majority of home recording customers, that's how you can run a businnes with plugins (!), develop plugins that do not cause issues, there are many examples that do work.

27 October 2020 at 8:31am

Hey Najimad! The current versions of smart:EQ and smart:comp have a processing latency of approx. 100ms. Since our plug-ins are constantly analyzing the incoming signal (e.g. to compute the real time spectral compression in smart:comp), we need this latency to have a short "look ahead" and to keep the CPU load low. When mixing, this latency is automatically compensated by your DAW and shouldn't cause any problems. But yes, tracking is not (yet) possible with this latency - that's why we're working on approaches to bring the latency down.

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