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Woodpressor by Woodman's Immaculate Maple Syrup Studio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App and a Software Application for macOS and iOS. It functions as an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
minimum MacOS 10.13
minimum iOS 9.3
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Woodpressor is a high-end audio compressor.

Although the standalone app can be used as such, it is mainly intended as the license for the AAX, AU and VST plugins which can then be used by any DAW on all your Macs (as long as the standalone app is downloaded from the Mac App Store on that Mac).

Woodpressor has all the classic compressor controls like "Threshold", "Attack", "Release", "Ratio", etc.

but also has some extra features not commonly found on other compressors:

  • True Auto gain to compare the compression effect only (and not have the "Louder sounds better" effect).
  • Adaptive Threshold (allows to still have compression in the more quiet parts of a very high dynamic vocal).
  • Tube saturation (Class A and Class AB controls) and a more crude distortion.
  • Non-linear Release.
  • Side chain filter (bandpass, highpass, lowpass or notch).
  • Makeup Gain Limiter.
  • Brick-wall Limiter.
  • Works on any number of channels (Surround Sound, 3D audio, ...) with an individual weight per channel.

Apart from the DAW foreseen presets, Woodpressor can save/load it's own user presets which are written to iCloud Drive (when enabled). This makes them automatically available (and synced, and backed-up) on all MacOS or iOS devices (to all host apps or DAWs) running Woodpressor.

The AAX, AU and VST plugins can be downloaded from my website and are fully functional but will output 2s of silence every 60s as long as the Woodpressor Mac app is not installed.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By Rankinator
December 9th, 2022

Ok, not sure why the previous review received negative 3 thumbs lol, but I assume it was because it was very lacking in details. So here's my in-depth opinion on the compressor.

As you can see I gave it 5 stars. I never review plugins, in fact, this is my first one. No plugin has been so under appreciated or unknown as this gem. This is my go to "stock" compressor plugin. I use it for literally everything. The way it contours vocals is unbelievable. It's extremely transparent when you want it to be and also very shaping and hard. Can be used for rock vocals, acoustic guitars, anything you can think of. I have many compressor plugins, but this one takes the cake for the versatility.

Some of the ways I use it. Set an attack time around 12-20ms and release around 250-350ms for an extremely transparent compressor that really brings up the low level signal without completely squashing the sound. I usually use this in combination with the tube saturation/distortion circuits to really bring mojo and vibe to whatever source I'm working with. For background vocals, I love to distort them a little and really compress them. I'll go with a 0ms attack and a somewhat longer release like 200-300ms compressing around 5-10dB and probably the default 4:1 ratio.

There are two elements to this compressor that make it the best compressor for everyday use. The first is the Mix knob. This isn't like a normal Mix knob, you have -100 which means you hear ONLY what the compressor is actually doing to the signal. This can be handy in multiple ways. First is to actually monitor what the compressor is grabbing onto and what's triggering it. The second is to use it as somewhat of a gate only letting certain sounds above the threshold be audible. In combination with the second best part of the plugin (coming in a second) this -100 Mix feature is indispensable.

The second most brilliant feature of this plugin is the "ADAPTIVE" compression mode. This is the best one I've seen. In fact, it's the only plugin I have that does this correctly. For the longest time I've wanted to compress a signal at ALL levels, not just when it's reaching a threshold. So when the vocal gets quiet, I still want it to be compressing the same number of dB as when it's louder. This keeps the signal more evenly sounding and also preserves dynamics because you're now just setting how many dB the signal is being compressed no matter how loud the signal gets. It's unreal how easy this is to do and how effective it is. You literally just turn on ADAPTIVE and then go into the ADVANCED tab to see the two main controls for this. The GAIN and AMOUNT which to my understanding is like a way of choosing how much of the lower level signal is being treated the same as the louder level signal. Maybe that's not exactly accurate, but when you play with those two settings, you get a very clean and polished sound without having to do hardly anything else except get out of the Advanced tab and readjust your threshold to make sure it's not compressing too much now that it's in Adaptive mode. I use this feature on everything now. It's crazy how good it is and simple to use.

There are actually features in this plugin I still don't fully understand how to use yet because this is a very in-depth compressor if you want it to be and yet extremely simple to get the basics. It's a marvelous plugin and definitely my go to.

THE ONLY ISSUE I have with this plugin is so small it doesn't even really matter. When using it as a VST3 in Studio One, I notice that it resets to the default settings every time you close your session and bring it back up. Annoying, but they also have the AU version which is identical to the VST3, with the exception that it DOESN'T have this flaw which makes it perfect to use. So if you have a Mac, don't use the VST3, at least in Studio One. Use AU. I emailed the developer and they may be fixing it as I received a reply that they were testing it.

Thanks to the team at Maple Syrup Studio for developing such a great plugin. I now want to possibly purchase the WoodenGate plugin. It's on my list of next plugins to buy.

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Reviewed By mariush
December 13th, 2018

Fantastic and versatile compressor, from mono to multichannel-surround. The tube-saturation options are my favourite, especially the AB-class one.

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Comments & Discussion for Woodman's Immaculate Maple Syrup Studio Woodpressor

Discussion: Active
26 March 2019 at 4:10am

This is an excellent compressor. I have El Ray by AA, TubeTech 1B by softube, UAD Distressor and a million other comps. But Woodpressor often beats them all. The saturation options are extremely good. Make sure to try the Non-Linear setting. If this developer makes an EQ, I'll be very interested. I think this compressor should be getting a lot more attention.

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