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    Wampler Cory Wong Compressor signature guitar boost pedal built-in direct DI XLR output

    Cory Wong Compressor pedal from Wampler

    Compressor and boost pedal features a built-in direct output

    Wampler's latest pedal has been developed with Grammy-nominated artist Cory Wong, who wanted to combine the company's EGO effect with a boost pedal and add a built-in direct output.

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    Electric & Company EC5B

    Valve Compressor/Limiter

    This boutique compressor sounds every bit as classy and characterful as it looks.

    Reviews May 2023
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    DryBell Module 4

    Compressor Pedal

    Croatia‑based manufacturer DryBell’s Module 4 design aims to recreate the famous Orange Squeezer compressor.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Waves Magma Tube Channel Strip

    Dynamics, EQ & Saturation Plug-in

    Magma offers a one‑stop shop for analogue‑style attitude and warmth.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Electric & Company EC5B | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany the review of the Electric & Company EC5B Limiting Amplifier in the SOS May 2023 issue.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Wes Audio ng76 FET Compressor Stereo Pair

    Wes Audio ng76 launches with digital control

    Analogue FET compressor with digital recall

    An analogue compressor based on the iconic 1176, the ng76 allows recall of settings and direct control of parameters from DAWs.

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    Three new UAFX pedals

    Universal Audio launch three new UAFX pedals

    Reverb, tape delay and compressor emulations

    Universal Audio add to their UAFX range with the launch of three new pedals, authentically modelling analogue delay, reverb and compression effects.

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    Focusrite FAST Bundle AI Limiter Equaliser EQ Compressor Reveal space clarity Verb reverb plug-in bundle sale

    Focusrite FAST Bundle currently on sale

    Over 85% discount until 4 May 2023

    The FAST Bundle contains five of the Focusrite’s AI-driven plug-ins, and is currently being offered at a greatly reduced price. 

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    United Plugins FirePresser analogue compressor emulation serial routing X/Y mix blend plug-in

    United Plugins FirePresser currently free

    Blend seamlessly between four compressor models

    FirePresser offers emulations of four classic analogue compressors which can be placed in any order and mixed between using a simple X/Y pad interface. 

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    SSL SubGen subharmonic synthesizer low end bass enhancement LFE generator plug-in

    SSL unveil SubGen plug-in

    Four bands of subharmonic synthesis

    SSL's latest plug-in claims to be the ultimate tool for bass generation and low-frequency enhancement, combining a four-band subharmonic synthesizer with overdrive and compression processors.

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    Q. For parallel compression, should I use different tracks or a compressor’s wet/dry control?

    When doing parallel compression, are there advantages to using the compressor fully wet on another channel, and feeding it with an aux send from the first track?

    Sound Advice Apr 2023
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    Locomotive Audio WT-Comp | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    The audio examples available on this page accompany my SOS April 2023 review of the Weight Tank compressor by Locomotive Audio. I’ve provided before and after examples along with the settings I used and a few thoughts on what I was trying to achieve with the compressor in each setting.

    01_Drum Room_RAW

    A mono drum room mic without any processing applied.

    02_Drum Room_WT-Comp

    This is an example of the WT-Comp being used to add character and excitement to the drum room mic. The attack was on the fastest setting, the release set at 11 o’clock and the drive setting was engaged. Around 7-8 dB of gain reduction was applied.

    03_Bass Guitar_RAW

    A bass guitar captured via direct input without any processing.

    04_Bass Guitar_WT-Comp

    An example of the WT-Comp used on a bass guitar DI to add more dynamic consistency. With upwards of 10 dB of gain reduction applied, you can hear how the compressor makes the part more solid but at the expense of a little low-end and a general change in tone. For this example, I had the drive setting engaged, the attack at 2 o'clock and the release at 3 o’clock.

    05_Acoustic Guitar_RAW

    An acoustic guitar recording with no processing.

    06_Acoustic Guitar_WT-Comp

    With the WT-Comp in its ‘round’ setting this is an example of I used the review unit to make a strummed acoustic guitar part sit more confidently in a mix. The attack was set at 2 o'clock and the release at its fastest setting.

    07_Electric Guitar_RAW

    An example of a slightly driven picked electric guitar recording.

    08_Electric Guitar_WT-Comp

    With the attack at 2 o’clock and release at its fastest setting, I used the WT-Comp to add more saturation and make the guitar part cut through the mix more easily. The drive setting was used and as much as 10dB of gain reduction.

    09_Female Vocals_RAW

    An example of a female vocal recorded without any processing.

    10_Female Vocals_WT-Comp

    In this example, you can hear how the WT-Comp adds more weight to a female vocal. I found I had to tread quite carefully on vocals and this has just 3-4 dB of gain reduction applied with both the attack and release set at around 12 o'clock. This is in the ‘round’ setting.

    11_Male Vocals_RAW

    An example of a Male vocal recorded without any processing.

    12_Male Vocals_WT-Comp

    For this example, I used the same settings as for the female vocal but with the drive setting engaged to add more harmonics to the vocal. I generally preferred the WT-Comp on male vocals that benefited from the extra low-end weight and a more coloured sound.

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Locomotive Audio WT-Comp

    Vari‑mu Compressor

    This characterful valve processor offers vari‑mu compression at a very attractive price.

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Eddie Bazil

    Compression And Expansion | Podcast

    Seven Practical Examples

    Eddie Bazil demystifies Compression and Expansion with a detailed explanation of their uses, which he demonstrates using plug-ins through seven practical examples.

    Techniques Apr 2023
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    Musik Hack Master Plan all-in-one mastering limiter multi-band compressor peak limiter analogue tape saturation loudness LUFS metering plug-in

    Master Plan plug-in from Musik Hack

    Promises professional-sounding masters within minutes

    The first plug-in from Musik Hack is an all-in-one mastering solution that combines loudness, saturation, EQ and stereo width processing. 

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    Softube Bus Processor compressor saturation stereo width spatialisation plug-in  SSL G-series

    Softube release new Bus Processor plug-in

    Compression, saturation & stereo width processing

    Softube's latest plug-in pairs a compressor with saturation and stereo width sections, aiming to provide users with an all-in-one bus processing solution. 

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    Waves plug-in subscription and perpetual licences remain

    Waves update: Perpetual licences to remain

    Available alongside new subscription service

    Waves have released a statement announcing that they will be bringing back the option for users to purchase and update perpetual versions of individual plug-ins and bundles.

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    Waves Creative Access audio plug-in subscription only model announced

    Waves announce Creative Access subscriptions

    Plug-in makers launch two subscription packages

    Waves have announced the launch of Creative Access, a new service which offers Essential and Ultimate subscriptions containing 110 and 220 plug-ins respectively. 

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    Dave Hill Crane Song Dave Hill Designs

    Dave Hill (1954 - 2023)

    Audio engineer and designer passes away

    Dave Hill, the audio electronics designer and founder of Crane Song and Dave Hill Designs, has sadly passed away aged 68.

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    Antares Auto-Tune Vocal Compressor automatic machine learning compression plug-in

    Antares unveil Auto-Tune Vocal Compressor

    Uses Machine Learning to suggest settings

    Antares' latest processor promises to make finding the optimum vocal compression settings quicker and easier than ever. 

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    Massenburg MDWDRC2 Dynamic Range Controller peak RMS compressor limiter loudness normalisation filtering standard plug-in

    Massenburg update MDWDRC2-Native

    New presets and tutorial videos now available

    A number of fixes and improvements have been made to MDW's Dynamic Range Controller plug-in, along with the release of a new User Guide and presets created by George Massenburg. 

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