Compression is regarded as one of the essential processing stages in both music and post-production, we could go as far as saying that we couldn't live without it. There is a huge variety of both software and hardware compressors with some plug-in emulations of hardware classics like the 1176 and DBX160. Then we have tools that are software only and achieve things not possible in hardware like the Sound Radix POWair.
With our reviews, we give you the chance to hear what they can do before you consider buying them.
We have consolidated all our compressor plug-in video reviews in this article to enable you to hear the differences between a number of popular compression plug-ins and hardware. If you are considering a new compressor, either hardware or software, for your studio then check out these reviews...
In this review, Mike Thornton take a look at the new compressor plug-in from Sound Radix. POWAIR isn’t just another compressor, it is a two-stage loudness leveler and compressor plug-in with a number of features that set it apart from other compressor plug-ins.
This is a very unique tool, so unique I can't think of any other studio outboard gear available today that comes close to The Sckwerkraftmaschine's feature set, value for money and overall sound quality. This thing is a compressor Swiss Army Knife, watch our video review to find out if you agree.
The Magnum-K is a single channel (mono) 1u dynamics rack unit that features two types of compressors and one Maag EQ2 section.
In this review for Production Expert, Pro Tools Expert Technical Editor James Ivey talks a look at the new McDSP 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Compressor.
There is nothing quite like the excitement that comes when you know the "postman" is going to be delivering some new toys for me to try-out in the studio. This week the moments of delight came in the form of the new Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre and OctoPre Dynamic.
In this video review, Pro Tools Expert Deputy Editor Dan Cooper takes a look at the Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip. The 6176 features a single 610 tube preamp section and 1176N limiting amplifier that can either be used as two separate units or joined together with the output of the 610 tube preamp feeding into the input of the 1176 Limiter.
In this review Mike takes a look at the new version of this U73b emulation from Audified of an old German hardware compressor limiter unit that found favour in German broadcasting and further afield in vinyl mastering. Watch the review and see how Mike got on with it.
In this video review Paul Drew from Production Expert looks at the new Slate FG-116 Blue Compressors for VMR. He also has a quick look at the AIrEQ Module from Eiosis.
Russ takes a look at the McDSP Ultimate Channel Strip Plugin.
Greg Wurth, who works with top artist including Steve Vai reviews The Arouser by Empirical Labs
In this video review Dan takes a look at the new Drawmer S73 Intelligent Mastering Processor plug-in by Softube.
Hear how it performs on a small selection of tracks and to find out why Dan has awarded it with a Pro Tools Expert Editors Choice Award.
Russ takes a look at the new Waves dbx160 compressor/limiter plug-in to see how it stands up to his own hardware version. In this video he checks it out on a live drum kit with kick, snare, OH and room microphones.
In this video James takes a look and listen to the new Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor. Can you mix using nothing else? He tries this approach on a guitar led rock track with vocals. Watch as James takes you on a tour of the GUI and shows off some go the plug-in presets.
In this video James takes a look at the Waves SSL 4000 Collection of plug-ins. While mixing a funk rock style track he uses all 4 plug-ins in the pack to see if you can get that classic SSL sounds from software alone.
Russ from Pro Tools Expert takes the new Slate Virtual Mix Rack plug-in for a spin. Find out what he thinks of it and see it in action.
Russ takes a look and listen to the new Waves Abbey Road TG12345 plug-in model of a vintage Abbey Road mixing console. He gives a full overview of features and then shows it in action on drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals.
See what he thinks and check out the examples before downloading it yourself and giving it a spin.
iZotope claim "iZotope's audio mastering software, Ozone 6, makes it easier than ever to master your audio simply and efficiently in one elegant standalone application." In this video review Russ takes a look at the iZotope Ozone 6 Mastering Plug-in. He takes a look at the new features in Ozone 6 Advanced and also gives his thoughts on those features.
Russ takes a look at the latest addition in the Avid Pro Series range of plug-ins for Pro Tools. The new Avid Pro Series Multiband Dynamics. It has a couple of tricks up its sleeve, watch the video to find out what they are and see what Russ thinks.
Russ from Pro Tools Expert gives a full show and tell review of the Lindell 500 series plug-ins emulations of their hardware. The plug-ins feature a 500 series emulation of a Pultec style EQ, a 500 series emulation of an 1176 FET style compressor and a classic 500 series pre-amp with EQ and filters.
Russ takes a look at the new Waves Vitamin plug-in and reviews this handy plug-in.
He gives examples of using it on drums, piano, synth and guitar as well as on an entire mix.
Russ takes a look at UAD's new version of the classic Fairchild 660 and 670 compressors. Find out what he thinks in this extended show and tell review.
Russ takes a look and a listen to the iZotope Nectar 2 vocal suite, he let's you know all about its features and what he thinks.
Russ takes a look and a listen to the Universal Audio UAD API Vision plug-in. Find out what he thought and listen to it in action.
Russ takes a look and listen to the new McDSP AE400 Eq and gives his impression. Thanks to Nathan Osbourne and 'Everything But The Bass' for the cool track.