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    Tone Empire Model 5000

    Compressor Plug-in

    This “punchy hybrid compressor” draws its inspiration from both the classic API and SSL hardware designs.

    Reviews Mar 2021
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    Little Labs LL2A

    Compressor-Limiter

    Ever wondered what a ‘four‑quadrant analogue multiplier compressor’ might sound like? Neither had we — but it turns out to be something a bit special!

    Reviews . Feb 2021
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    Manley Labs Nu Mu

    Stereo Valve Hybrid Compressor-Limiter

    We check out a modern take on Manley’s classic valve compressor.

    Reviews . Feb 2021
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    Korneff Audio Pawn Shop Comp 2.0

    Compressor Plug-in

    We check out Korneff’s vibey take on a tube‑laden FET compressor.

    Reviews . Jan 2021
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    Black Rooster Audio KH-COMP1

    Compressor Plug-in

    This characterful compressor offers a little more control than most ‘vibe machines’.

    Reviews Dec 2020
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    Audified VocalMint Compressor

    One-knob Compressor Plug-in

    Though there’s only one main user control, VocalMint's audio path comprises a serial chain of three different types of compressor, and multiple behind‑the‑scenes parameters have been optimised specifically for vocal processing.

    Reviews Dec 2020
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    Tone Projects Unisum

    Mastering Compressor Plug‑in

    Unisum boasts a unique array of advanced parameters, but achieving good results isn't as daunting as you might think.

    Reviews Oct 2020
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    DDMF Magic Death Eye

    Compressor Plug‑ins

    These two plug‑ins bring you the spirit of their 'unobtainium' hardware counterparts!

    Reviews Sep 2020
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    Korneff Audio Talkback Limiter

    Compressor Plug‑in [Mac & Windows]

    SSL's famous listen-mic compressor just got more tweakable.

    Reviews Aug 2020
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    Becos CIQ-5 CompIQ Stella

    Mono Stompbox Compressor

    This studio VCA compressor in a pedal employs THAT VCA chips like those found in, for example, modern iterations of the SSL bus compressor.

    Reviews Jul 2020
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    Black Lion Audio Bluey | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany the review of Black Lion Audio’s Bluey FET compressor in SOS June 2020

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Black Lion Audio Bluey

    Mono FET Compressor

    Black Lion's Bluey recreates an 1176 that has made more hits than most!

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Manley Labs ELOP+

    Dual-channel Compressor

    Manley's well-liked optical compressor gets a makeover in time for its 30th birthday!

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    PSP InfiniStrip

    Channel-strip Plug-in

    Want to combine the freedom to choose EQs and compressors with the convenience of a single plug‑in? PSP may have the answer...

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Pulsar Audio Pulsar Mu

    Compressor-Limiter Plug-in

    Is this modelled vari-mu compressor as easy on the ear as it is on the eye?

    Reviews May 2020
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    Baby Audio I Heart NY

    Parallel Compression Plug-in

    Can this 'New York–style compression' recapture the experience of sending audio out to a UREI 1176 in 'all buttons in' mode, smashing the crap out of it and blending it back under the dry signal?

    Reviews Mar 2020
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    Leapwing Audio DynOne v3

    Multiband Dynamics Plug-in

    Is this unassuming plug-in a great leap forward in mastering compression?

    Reviews Feb 2020
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    Heritage Audio Successor

    Stereo Bus Compressor

    Based on a classic design and bursting with transformers, the Successor from Heritage Audio combines a vintage sound with serious flexibility.

    Reviews Dec 2019
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    Gyraf Gyratec XXIV

    Stereo Compressor

    This clever design rethinks many aspects of compressors that we've long taken for granted.

    Reviews Oct 2019
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    UK Sound 176

    Mono FET Compressor

    We take a look at the first in a new, more affordable range of products from BAE.

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    IGS Audio S-Type 500 VU

    VCA Bus Compressor

    We put this versatile homage to the classic British bus compressor through its paces.

    Reviews Feb 2019

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