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Compressor plug-in recommedation

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Terrapin, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Terrapin

    Terrapin Guest

    Hi All,

    As I make the transition from live audio to DAW I am curious if anyone could recommend a compressor that works similar to a Drawmer? I've been using the included compressors in Ableton and they seem to do alot of changes to the audio before I see the meters working, whereas the meters on the drawmer dl441 seems to correspond closely with its activity. I was originally looking at getting into the universal audio cards but then decided to upgrade my cpu instead so am know looking at vst compressors. Seems like there are way too many different compressor plug-ins available out there, any suggestions free or otherwise?

    Thank you,
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    ReaComp - part of the Reaper plugin pack.

    GComp - part of Graham Yeadon's excellent set.
  3. Terrapin

    Terrapin Guest

    Thanks for the links, I'll give those a try!
  4. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    Whats your budget?

    My favorite compressor plugs at the moment are:

    Stillwell's Rocket: http://www.stillwellaudio.com/?page_id=68

    Voxengo Marquis: http://www.voxengo.com/product/marquiscomp/

    Kjaerhus, all the gold series stuff: http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/gold-series.php

    Also check out Audio Damage Rough Rider (free): http://www.audiodamage.com/downloads/product.php?pid=ADF002

    And Bootsie's Density (also free): link removed

    <edit> Some of that stuff is pc only. What platform are you using?
  5. Terrapin

    Terrapin Guest

    I am using Vista 32. Thanks for the links I will check em out!
  6. My favourite compressor is the Sonalksis SV315 mkII for across the board tracking to mastering. In fact, the Sonalksis Essentials mkII bundle is one awesome package as the SV517 mkII EQ is lush too and the SV 719 gate is very useful also. Although 600 dollars for the bundle is high, these plugins are quality and compare well to Sonnox and (are better than) Waves. The Sonalksis crew are ex Neve employees, so know a thing or two about signal design. If you qualify for educational status, they are currently offering a cool 50% off, so 300 bucks for that bundle is mint.

    Others I like are : PSP Mastercomp, Voxengo Marquis, Fabfilter Pro-C among many choices.
  7. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Nuremberg, Germany
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    I have the Waves Musicians Bundle II with the Renaissance Compressor and Renaissance Vox (which is a vocal compressor).
    They sound really good and the bundle is very cheap for what you get. You will need an iLok, though.
  8. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    Kjaerhus- Classic Compressor is similar to the Drawmer 241 line and its free.

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