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TheExpressor

Dynamics (Compressor / Expander) Plugin by TheZhe
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TheExpressor
TheExpressor by TheZhe is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
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TheExpressor is a colored upwards/downwards (Ex)pander/Com(pressor).

Key Features:

  1. Color - change slightly to soften the knee or boost/cut up to 24 dB for extreme emphasis.
  2. Extremely Low Aliasing - better quality than 6x oversampled plugins without the oversampling overhead or any delay*.
  3. Bounded - output is at most 6 dB louder than the input when Makeup is 0 dB.
 *Backed by open-source research (github.com/thezhe/SOUL-VA). 

Buses:

Inputs:

  1. Main - input.
  2. Aux - sidechain input.

Outputs:

1. Output - output.

Parameters:

Attack (Main):

  • Description: Attack time.
  • Range 0.1 ms to 50 ms.
  • Default: 0.1 ms.

Release (Main):

  • Description: Release time.
  • Range 30 ms to 3.00 s.
  • Default: 30 ms.

Threshold (Main):

  • Description: Vertical location of the transfer function's knee.
  • Range -50 dB to 0 dB.
  • Default: -50 dB.

Post-Threshold (Ratios):

  • Description: Post-threshold ratio.
  • Range: 0.5 to 20.0.
  • Default: 20.

Pre-Threshold (Ratios):

  • Description: Pre-threshold ratio.
  • Range: 0.5 to 1.5.
  • Default: 1.

Makeup (Utility):

  • Description: Apply a volume to the wet signal.
  • Range: -6.0 dB to 50 dB.
  • Default: 0 dB.

Mix (Utility):

  • Description: Mix the dry and wet signals.
  • Range: 0 % dB to 100 %.
  • Default: Wet (100 %).

Sidechain (Detector)*:

  • Description: If set to On, the internal detector uses the sidechain signal.
  • Options: Off, On.
  • Default: Off.

High Pass (Detector):

  • Description: High-pass the detector's signal before calculating gain reduction.
  • Range: 1 Hz to 500 Hz.
  • Default: 1 Hz.

Stereo Link (Detector):

  • Description: Stereo-link the detector's signal directly after the high-pass.
  • Range: 0 % to 100 %.
  • Default: 0 %.

Softness (Knee):

  • Description: Set the width of the knee smoothing.
  • Range: 0 dB to 24 dB.
  • Default: 0 %.

Color (Knee):

  • Description: Add or subtract a bell-shaped curve to the knee.
  • Range: -24 dB to 24 dB.
  • Default: 0 dB.
 *Not suitable for modulation.

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kingozrecords
kingozrecords
10 February 2022 at 6:09pm

Thought I'd try this compressor. Small in file size. Did you use bluecat's?

TheZhe
TheZhe
13 February 2022 at 5:16am

Thanks! Wasn't aware of BlueCat's compressor. I guess you could say this is kinda of mix between that and ATK colored compressor plus some custom feautures.

JHEB
JHEB
25 February 2022 at 3:24pm

Great work adding the transfer function graph and meters! I would have written a new review on plugins4free, but sadly I can't give it more than the 5/5 stars I already have given it;) Thanks! //Jon B.

TheZhe
TheZhe
25 February 2022 at 8:38pm

Thanks Jon! Couldn't have done it without your feedback.

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