Plugin Boutique has launched a limited time offer on Pulsar Audio’s Smasher, offering the faithful emulation of a uniquely modified 1176 compressor for free for the next few days.
Smasher is an unprecedented custom modification of the classic Urei 1176 compressor circuit, a unique formula that the Pulsar team stumbled upon while fine-tuning other algorithms.
The original 1176 compressor hardware offered a selection of four ratios, but studio engineers soon discovered that pressing them all at once led to a distorted, explosive and highly compressed sound. It’s this “All buttons in” or “British” mode that Smasher was painstakingly designed to recreate. While remaining very close to the original circuitry, the modifications Pulsar have built into Smasher will add definition to transients and make your tone more aggressive. Pulsar love using it to enhance the ambience in drum busses, but there are many more creative uses too. Smasher won’t work on every single track, but where it does, it works magic.
Smasher excels at raw and gritty sounds, calling to mind bands like Vulfpeck, The Whitefield Brothers and The Black Keys.
Regularly 49 USD/EUR, Smasher is free to download until March 31st, 2023. It comes in VST/VST3, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac.
More information: Pulsar Audio