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Compressor

Compressor

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.

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

Snapins are isolated audio effect modules, each performing a specific task. The Kilohearts product lineup will allow you to combine these snapins in different ways in order to create interesting and unique combinations of effects.

Snapins can be loaded into your DAW as a standard VST or Audio Unit plugin, as well as into other Kilohearts plugins that can act as snapin hosts, for example Multipass.

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.

Attack knob

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

Release knob

The release time is 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.

Ratio knob

The ratio 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.

Threshold knob

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

Makeup knob

The makeup gain will increase the volume of the output signal to compensate for the loss in overall volume that the compressor causes.

VU Meter

Displays the current input level, the selected threshold, and the compressor’s current attenuation.

Mix knob

The dry/wet mix of this effect. A lower value will let some of the unmodified signal through.

Settings panel

Whenever you have your mouse cursor over a snapin theree is a small arrow at the top right corner (not visible in screenshot). It opens a settings panel where you handle presets. It also has a “randomize” button that can be useful. I guess… Enabled checkbox The small checkbox to the left of the plugin name is a checkbox that bypasses the effect when disabled.

Resize handle

The bottom right corner of all Kilohearts plugins is a resize handle for scaling the UI to any size. This allows you to get a good view of the controls whatever the screen resolution, and also comes in handy if you need big controls, e.g. when using Compressor as a real-time effect on a touchscreen monitor during a live set. (This is not available when the snapin is used inside a snapin host.)

CPU 2 GHz or faster

Memory 1 GB or more

Operating System Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software A VST or Audio Unit compatible DAW

If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage will increase accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.

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