I’m happy to announce release of the very first plug-in, code named SN01, from my Signal Noise line of VST effects (currently Windows only, though). It’s a VCA style dynamic range compressor, and when it comes to its name – S stands for Signal, N for Noise, and 01 is obviously the ordinal number.
The plug-in comes in two flavors. One is GUI-less (SN01) and the other one has a nice colorful user interface (SN01-G). Now, you can probably starting to see were the G came from. If not, it denotes the version with GUI. Of course, both flavors come as 32-bit and also 64-bit.
To copy/paste straight from the manual:
SN01/SN01-G is a dynamic range compression plug-in, inspired by two classic VCA buss compressors of UK and US variety. It has switchable linked feed-forward/feedback topology, with highly variable knee, optional internal side-chain filtering and ‘push’ effect, and adjustable wet/dry ratio. The plug-in is designed to work both as musically pleasing buss glue while also being an efficient channel insert with low ASIO/CPU footprint.
Delving further into the details, the features look like this:
- threshold from +20dB to -20dB (zero mark is at -20dBFS)
- ratio from 1:1 (no compression) to infinity (brick-wall)
- gain up to +24dB
- attack in range from 0.03ms to 30ms
- release in range from 50ms to 2 seconds
- adjustable knee width 0-24dB (0dB = hard-knee)
- adjustable knee strength (0% = hard knee)
- 2 optional filters for internal side-chain
- optional ‘push’ effect for more extreme compression
- dry/wet control for parallel compression (0-100%)
- switchable topology (feed-forward/feedback)
- no saturation modelling
Maybe it would be also useful to add that the effect works in stereo, i.e. you can put it on both mono and stereo tracks. I think that it’s a pretty much given in this day and age, but just in case anyone would wonder.
Well, if you are in need of a VCA like compressor with the ability to adjust all meaningful parameters of audio compression process, one that’s without excessive digital fakery of so-called ‘mojo’ (whatever that means), SN01-G is made for you. If, on top of it all, you like to play it solely by ear, SN01 is your match made in heaven.
To get a taste of the sound, watch this fantastic demo video created by people at Sonisto (the actual demo starts at 0:20, but I encourage you to watch the whole thing 😉 ) By the way, it’s possible to download and install the plugin via the Sonisto install manager, too.
And don’t let the price fool you – the best things in life are free 😉