POWAIR from SoundRadix is a very cool plug-in. However being a SoundRadix plug-in it does things differently. Because of this it can be confusing. There are some key differences between using POWAIR and using a conventional compressor. Of course, the best way to get to know a plug-in is to try it and now is the perfect time as there is a major update to version 1.1 available now.
What's So Clever About POWAIR Anyway?
If you are yet to try POWAIR and are wondering what the fuss is about watch the new introduction video from SoundRadix which takes you through how to get started and how to use the unique features of POWAIR to take control of your compression in ways which simply isn't possible using conventional compressors. Including transparent levelling, disconcertingly accurate level matching between wet and dry signals and adaptive compression which breaks the link between level and compression found in other compressors so you can achieve consistent compression between loud and soft passages.
- Novel, ultra-fast gain detection and reduction compression design
- K-weighted loudness auto-leveler
- Punch enables precise level control of transients during the attack period independent of attack time
- Adaptive Compression enables maintaining average compression for natural performance dynamics
- Machine learning-based perceived loudness auto makeup gain compensation
- Band-pass and band-reject side-chain filter
- External side-chain key input
- Mono, stereo and mid/side operation modes with continuously-variable compression link control
- ITU-R BS.1770.4-compliant LKFS and true-peak output level meters
The version 1.1 update includes the following new features and improvements:
- Added peak clipping options.
- Added user-definable meter peak hold.
- Improved performance.
- Added UI scaling (75% - 200%).
- Limiting is now based on true-peak.
- SCF - improved filter phase-response.
- Pro Tools (AAX), Studio One 3.x (VST3) - support gain reduction meter.
- Pro Tools (AAX) - support automation key modifiers.
- Presets names are now being stored and recalled.
- Bypass makes UI grayscale.
- Minor UI tweaks and improvements.