Platinumears releases 5ORCERY, free meta-multiband compressor

Platinumears has released 5ORCERY, a free multi-band compression effect plug-in for Windows.

The traditional way to build a multi-band compressor is to split the signal into the required number of bands (five in this case) using cross-over filters, then run each band-­ through a separate compressor before mixing them back together again. This approach tends to cause phase problems around the cross-over frequencies, requiring sophisticated filter designs to minimize these effects.

5ORCERY takes a different approach: the signal is still split into five separate bands using cross-over filters, and these feed the side-chains of five separate compressors. But the filtered signals are not mixed back together again: instead the gain modulation signals from all five compressors are matrixed into modulation signals for 4 dynamic shelving filters plus a gain stage.

Platinumears 5ORCERY
Platinumears 5ORCERY

5ORCERY features

  • Transparent and easy to use multi-band compression.
  • Dynamic EQ topology to reduce phase artifacts.
  • Five FL4TT3RY 2 compressors, with band-limited side-chains.
  • External side-chain inputs (switchable per band).
  • Intuitive “solo in place” function for each band.
  • Optional soft clipping keeps your peaks below 0dBFS.
  • Flexible Gain / Gain Reduction meters with switchable range.
  • Zero latency.

5ORCERY for Windows (VST) is available as freeware.

More information: Platinumears / 5ORCERY

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Platinumears FL4TT3RY 2, free bus compressor effect gets updated

Platinumears FL4TT3RY 2

Platinumears has released version 2 of FL4TT3RY, a freeware bus compressor effect plug-in for Windows.

This is a gentle squashy compressor intended for use on busses, though it also works well on channels. It has a very soft knee, with a ratio that gradually increases to hard limiting, and a choice between RMS based level detection (with a window size that depends on the attack time) or a brand new peak sensing algorithm.

This unit is inspired by a particular bit of hardware that I know quite well. Its not “modelled” however: I came up with the algorithm first, thought it sounded similar, so then skinned the plug to resemble the hardware. It is definitely not a proper model, so I’m not going to name the unit in question.

Changes in FL4TT3RY 2

  • Slightly gentler transfer curve brings it (subjectively) closer to the hardware that inspired it.
  • Tweaked attack smoothing to make it a little more aggressive with the fastest settings.
  • Tweaked release smoothing to make it pump less with the fastest settings.
  • New peak sensing mode.
  • External sidechain inputs.
  • Left click the meter to toggle the range between 6, 12 or 18dB.
  • Right click the meter to switch between Gain Reduction metering, or Gain change metering (which includes make-up gain).

FL4TT3RY 2 for Windows (VST) is available to download at no cost. Donations are appreciated.

More information: Platinumears

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Platinumears releases FL4TT3RY, free bus compressor effect

Platinumears FL4TT3RY

Dan Worrall of Platinumears has released FL4TT3RY, a free bus compressor effect plug-in for Windows.

This is a gentle squashy compressor intended for use on busses, though it also works well on channels. It has a very soft knee, with a ratio that gradually increases to hard limiting, and an RMS based level detector with a window size that depends on the attack time.

This unit is inspired by a particular bit of hardware that I know quite well. Its not “modelled” however: I came up with the algorithm first, and thought it sounded similar, so then skinned the plug to resemble the hardware. It is definitely not a proper model however, so I’m not going to name the unit in question.

FL4TT3RY is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Platinumears

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