I gave a spin to this new free compressor plugin recently. And it turned out to be so nice that I have no option but to share it with you here.
It’s a plugin by Klanghelm called DC1A and it’s available free for both Mac and PC (AU/VST).
They call it “Effortless Character Compressor” and I find that very descriptive indeed.
It’s one wicked little dead simple analogue inspired mixing tool.
The compressor has no other controls but the input and output levels and a “relaxed” mode.
You control the amount of compression by driving it harder from the input.
The more you drive it, the more saturation you introduce.
The relaxed mode eases it up and reduces coloration.
And it works a treat.
Tony Frenzel from Klanghelm describes:
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.
I found the DC1A especially cool for making sounds pump when doing parallel compression. As the compressor has no controls for attack and release time, achieving a good “pumping effect” is highly dependent on the tempo and nature of the source material though.
With certain kinds of material it just doesn’t work out so well. You’ll just have to try and see how it behaves in different situations – which, I might add, I see as the beauty of the whole thing!
Many of you will be happy to hear that in my experience DC1A’s performance in drum and bass music is EXCELLENT. It almost feels like it was made for material around 170-175bpm.
When pushed hard enough the compressor starts to saturate the sound in a really pleasant way. It also has a “relaxed” mode which has gentler, less aggressive compression characteristics with longer time constants lower saturation, no analog fluctuations and no noise. The relaxed mode is good for applications such as mix-bus compression.
There are not many decent free compressors out there. While Klanghelm’s limited controls are a bit of a blessing and a curse that the same time, it does perform really well in many situations.
Given that it’s free you should definitely make it part of your arsenal.
Click here to go to Klanghelm’s website where you’ll find the download links.