AfroDJMac has released a free New York Style Compressor for Ableton Live.
I have built a super handy Ableton Live audio effect rack for New York Style or Parallel Compression, and offer it to you as my newest Free Ableton Live Pack!
It works by compressing the audio (usually squashing the daylights out of it!) and mixing that processed signal with the original. The compressed signal has the fullness that a compressor offers, but the original maintains the dynamic range that the compressor can destroy. The end result is you get to have your cake and eat it too, the best of both worlds.
To achieve this effect in Ableton Live, I have built an Audio Effect Rack that has two chains: one with a Compressor (plus a Saturator for a little extra flavor), and one chain that allows the audio to pass through unaffected. The download link is below. The eight macro knobs allow for control over the most commonly used parameters (Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release…) as well as an overall volume that allows you to mix in as much of the compressed signal as you like. I particularly like this effect on drum tracks, because it beefs them up while preserving their impact. Feel free to get creative an use it on all kinds of tracks (I’ve had a lot of success with vocals and acoustic guitars).
The Ableton Rack is a free download.
According to Crysonic, the upcoming Inpressa multiband compressor effect plugin provides zero latency plus stereo and mono compatibility combined with the company’s unique new proprietary technology in order to deliver a one of a kind type of effect.
Crysonic notes that Inpressa offers full double precision processing natively, which employs very steep 24 dB / Oct crossover filters — virtually eliminating leakage into adjacent compression bands. All available parameters are variable supporting full automation with extreme precision control. The plugin automatically chooses the most appropriate peak detection circuit depending on the audio material being worked on, which was previously impossible to do unless you had a countless number of expensive compressors.
About the effect, the manufacturer comments, “Transcending other similar plugins of its type, Inpressa is set to achieve vintage and modern sounding professional results on individual busses and the final master mix.”
At this time, not much else is known about Inpressa; however, Crysonic does say this: “The most noteworthy part of Inpressa is expressed not only by employing a new state of the art technology but understanding and providing incredibly efficient workflow without crowding the interface with ‘most of the time unnecessary’ options. Inpressa will be available soon to increase depth, definition, and loudness of all music productions.”
More details will be revealed as we get closer to Inpressa’s release (TBD).
Sound Magic has introduced Neo Transient:
Unlike common compressors and limiters, Neo Transient reacts on Transients – those short peaks in the audio signal – rather than the overall signal loudness level. In this way, Neo Transient creates an entirely new way to process your tracks.
Neo Transient allows you to completely reshape the attack and sustain characteristics of a sound. You can shorten or lengthen the attack of all kinds of percussive signals, such as the bass drum, snare drums, toms, congas and so on, to give them more impact, change them to a punchier sound. Or go the other direction and make those sounds gentler than before.By boosting the attack period of a sound, such as a bass drum, the mix can be made to sound more transparent. Instruments can be mixed at lower volume while still maintaining their positions in the mix without costing needed headroom. By boosting the sustain stage of the sound, you can emphasize the ambiences and reverb-tails of the sound.
Neo Transient offers two entirely different sets of detection algorithms.These two algorithms have different sounds and will provide you more choices on the final sound it shapes. Parametric controls in Neo Transient are arranged in a easy to understand, musical manner. Neo Transient is a “must have” for processing your percussive signals while recording, mixing or mastering.
- Two Innovative algorithms, One for level independent dynamic processing , One for peak dependent processing.
- Parametric controls are arranged in a easy to understand, musical manner.
- Adjustable Delay for look forward processing
- Built-in A/B Compare function enables you to compare different settings
- Up to 32Bit/384KHz resolution
Neo Transient is available now for €49.00.
112dB has announced that Big Blue Compressor, a tube-modeling compressor, is now available in native RTAS, VST and AU formats for Windows and Mac OS X for the retail price of €149 / $149.
Big Blue Compressor is a modern compressor with vintage qualities. Although it can sound transparent whenever necessary, it was designed to give character and warmth to your sound. Some interesting features greatly expand the sonic arsenal of this plug-in. Not only more traditional goodies such as variable hard/soft knee, and dry/wet mix, but also novel additions such as stereo narrowing or widening, mid/side operation, adjustable latency, and a separate preamp section (for that extra oomph).
112dB says there’s one unique feature they guarantee you won’t find in any other plug-in: “the choke”. This knob enables you to “choke” your sound the same way it’s done in tube compressors. Without delving too much into the scientific details: analog compressors don’t have the look-ahead function that is common in digital compressors, but they do have another way to smooth out transients that have become too loud. In tube compressors, this is done by saturating (choking) the sound during the attack time. And that’s precisely what gives them their highly desirable sonic character. 112dB applied this principle to their choke function. In other words: instead of emulating a specific vintage tube compressor, they’ve tried to capture the essence of what makes tube compressors in general sound so great.
- Tube-compressor-style dynamic saturation.
- Separate preamp section for extra overdrive.
- Variable-knee limiting with proprietary tube modeling.
- Dry/wet control for parallel compression.
- Stereo imaging: stereo narrowing or widening, mid/side mode.
- Auto makeup gain, in addition to user-adjustable makeup gain.
- Adjustable look ahead from 0 to 5 ms.
- Peak/RMS compression mode.
- Sidechain monitor option.
- User-adjustable latency from 0.01 to 5 ms (6 to 440 samples @ 44.1kHz).
- Low- and high-pass filters on input and side chain with unique scaling, allowing for high-precision adjustments at critical frequencies.
Big Blue Compressor is available immediately in RTAS/AS/VST/AU format for Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and 10.7 (Lion).
The introductory price of €99 (Europe) / $99 (worldwide) is valid through August 15, 2012, after which the regular price becomes €149 / $149.
An unrestricted 60-day evaluation version is available from 112dB.com/ bigblue/compressor/?demo
Klanghelm has released a free audio compressor for Mac & WIndows, DC1A.
Here’s what the developer has to say about it:
DC1A is the little brother of the compression monster DC8C. I’ve taken one of my favourite settings from DC8C and tried to make it work in a two control context. Soundwise it’s comparable to the PUNCH mode in DC8C. It’s kind of a mixture of classic opto and FET designs.
I’ve always wanted to do a compressor with just an input and output knob, a compressor that just works: gentle, faithful, from almost invisible, smooth leveling to heavy pumping with a nice crunchy saturation and punchy enough to treat drums with.
DC1A looks like a one trick pony. But don’t get fooled by lack of further controls. You may be suprised on how many different material this little thing works. DC1A is heavily program dependent, so is the saturation.
DC1A is available now as a free download for both Mac & WIndows (VST/AU).
Russ checks out the McDSP 6030 Ulitmate Compressor and reviews it.
Using the popular module format, the 6030 Ultimate Compressor offers ten different compressors. All of these designs are by McDSP – some completely from the ground up, while others are emulations of existing gear with unique variations created by McDSP. Each 6030 Ultimate Compressor module is easy to operate, and yet has enough sophistication for the most discerning professional.
Whatever your style, from smooth tube emulations to aggressive solid-state designs, the 6030 Ultimate Compressor has a custom-made dynamic range control module that is just right for you.
For more information, check out the Colin’s Corner article about this product.
- Unique twists to classic designs in addition to several completely new designs
- Multiple compression algorithms in a single compressor
- Side chain support
- Analog Saturation modeling
- Double precision processing
- Ultra low latency
- Mono and stereo versions
In this series, Berkleemusic.com facilitator Loudon Stearns covers five ways tracks can interact with audio effects using Ableton Live. The first installment, Sidechain Compression, shows how a compressor can be used to create an interaction between a synth and an acoustic bass part. The Post FX and Post mixer routing points are examined as well as compressor specifics.
The Second installment, Sidechain Autofilter, shows how Autofilter can be used to give an automatic interaction between two tracks.
More info here:
The Lower Rhythm has released Thresher, a compressor effect plug-in for Windows.
Purely intended as an effect tool, Thresher is the compressor your mother warned you about. Capable of obnoxious sustain extension as well as distorted crushing, Thresher offers itself up as a diverse toneshaping tool for those who are into heavier or experimental music-making. Features a vintage style compressor along with a clean output and a variable ‘Power’ control that introduces tube style saturation and old school filter fatness. Gently polish or obliterate: your choice!
- Vintage style compressor.
- Dedicated Clean channel.
- Variable ‘Tube’ control for saturation or heavy distortion.
Thresher for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $11.99 USD.
More information: The Lower Rhythm
DDMF has released LinComp, a new linear phase multiband mastering compressor plug-in for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Mac OS X in VST and AU effect plug-in formats. It costs $29.
LinComp is a linear phase multiband compressor, a tool that belongs in every mastering chain. Multiband compression allows you to take care of the levels and response times of four frequency bands independently, and the linear phase crossover guarantee that all this happens with no damage done to the audio whatsoever.
Independent threshold, attack, release, ratio and gain controls as well as master faders for simultaneous control let you sculpt the dynamics of your tracks in any way imaginable. Select the compression type by switching between hard and soft knee, use LinComp as a brickwall limiter with the built-in clipping function, and do A/B tests to find out the optimal setting.
Cakewalk has announced the PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor Module for SONAR X1 Producer Expanded customers. Here’s how Cakewalk describes the new module in their own words…
The PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor Module, like all the SONAR X1 Producer ProChannel modules, is expertly-crafted by the Cakewalk DSP team to provide the sound and experience of using the legendary hardware it’s based on. The PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor, with its gentle, soft-knee characteristics is well suited for compressing and leveling sustained material on any backing track. Flexible drag and drop routing and manual output gain control lends a modern twist to an old classic. The PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor is a complimentary addition to the well thought out collection of ProChannel module effects designed to elevate any music production.
When coupled with the included PC4K S-Type Bus Compressor, the included ProChannel EQ (set to Vintage), and the optional PC4K S-Type Expander/Gate, the new PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor provides full emulation of classic, large-format, mixing consoles used by professional engineers to make hit records for over a quarter century.
SONAR X1 Producer Expanded
SONAR X1 Producer Expanded delivers fully modular capability to the ProChannel and is required to use PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor module.
SONAR X1 Producer’s ProChannel console strip already provides a number of options to get pro-studio sound in the box with its highly musical EQ, PC76 U-Type/classic FET and PC4K S-Type bus compressors, tube saturation, and flexible drag & drop routing. ProChannel strips can be customized to have any combination of installed modules available on any channel and favorite combinations can be set as default for tracks and busses.
Pricing and Availability:
SONAR X1 Producer Expanded customers can purchase PC4K S-Type Compressor download for $49/£35 /€39 (vat inclusive) from the Cakewalk store. SONAR X1 Producer customers can purchase the PC4K S-Type Compressor with SONAR X1 Producer Expanded update downloads together for $79/€69/£59 (vat inclusive) on the Cakewalk store.