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COMPRESSOR

Overview

Dynamics processor

Someone somewhere once said that there are 931 compressor plugins in the world. Well, now there's 932!

A compressor will even out the audio volume by lowering the volume when the signal is loud. This helps shape the dynamics of the sound both at the initial attack and the sustain tail. Each compressor has their own flavor, and the kHs Compressor tastes sweet.

Parameters

Threshold knob

The threshold for when the compressor will start lowering the volume.

Attack knob

The time it takes to lower the volume when the input volume is over the threshold.

Makeup knob

Will increase the volume of the output signal to compensate for the loss in overall volume that the compressor causes.

Sidechain

When enabled attenuation is calculated based on a secondary input, but the effect is applied to the main input.

Ratio knob

Decides how much the compressor will reduce the audio volume. At 1:2, for example, the volume will be lowered until it is halfway between the input volume and the threshold.

Release knob

The time it takes to return the volume to normal when the input volume is under the threshold.

Mode

In RMS mode the compressor will measure the volume using the root mean square method, which gives an accurate measurement of audio power. In peak mode the compressor will follow the peaks in the audio waveform, which makes it more responsive to transients.

VU Meter

The current input level, the selected threshold, and the compressor's current attenuation.

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Kilohearts Essentials

The Kilohearts Ecosystem

Compressor is one of a growing collection of plugins that form the Kilohearts Ecosystem.

They can be used as regular plugins (VST/AAX/AU) but also as Snapins in our modular Snapin Hosts; Phase Plant, Multipass, and Snap Heap, where you can combine and modulate them to create your own unique instruments and effects. These lightweight and high-quality plugins have intuitive no-nonsense interfaces so you will be using them like a master in no time.

The Kilohearts Essentials collection contains a number of useful plugins to get you started and is available absolutely FREE. Snapin Hosts and Premium plugins are available to buy separately.

Requirements

System Requirements

  • Operating System: PC or Mac (M1 Native supported)
  • CPU: 2 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 1 GB or more
  • Software: Any DAW supporting VST 2, VST 3, AAX, or Audio Unit plugin standards. All plugin formats in 64-bit only.

Kilohearts recommend keeping up to date with OS versions as they become available. We are not able to support OS versions that are no longer supported by their respective manufacturers. If you are using an outdated OS please try our free trials to ensure compatibility before making any purchases.