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Good free/cheap bus compressor plugins?

Sorry if this is in the wrong place or gets asked all the time, I did do a search beforehand but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.

I'm looking for a good bus compressor plugin that is either free (preferably) or at least cheap. Something that will work with SONAR.

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TDR Feedback Compressor | Tokyo Dawn Records

Free. And as good or better than many 'big name' sw compressors.
Interesting, I've never heard of a feedback compressor, what's the difference?
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I couldn't tell you, other than instead of the compressor looking at the input, it looks at the output.

Not many compressors are feedback, so I think there are very few feedback comp plugs. Steinberg's emulation of the Neve Portico 5043 is feedback comp, and it's price just *dropped* to $250.

TDR isn't perfect, but it's solid, and many people love it. I did a quick shootout with it on a current mix on the 2buss and it sounded good, but it lost out to my Voxengo Polysquasher. But if I spent time to really get to know TDR, I could see it being a go-to plugin.

It's not quality for a free plugin, but quality regardless of price. Many devs would sell it for $59-$99 and no one would even bat an eyelid. It's a gem, grab it.
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Sorry if this is in the wrong place or gets asked all the time, I did do a search beforehand but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.

I'm looking for a good bus compressor plugin that is either free (preferably) or at least cheap. Something that will work with SONAR.

Suggestions?
Worth every penny of the $99... This compressor is tits. You can demo it for free and listed to support sonar. There's a big thread on here somewhere w many praising this plugin.

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Worth every penny of the $99... This compressor is tits. You can demo it for free and listed to support sonar. There's a big thread on here somewhere w many praising this plugin.

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This. As he said, tits (ahem).

I'm a big fan of Voxengo's compressors. While most of them can handle duty on/for just about anything, each one is tailored for particular tasks.

The cheapest of the bunch is the Crunchessor, which I also happen to find to be the most versatile. Their Polysquasher imo is the best mixbus compressor of the one's I tried, and though I don't use it their Elephant is considered to be one of the best limiters out there.

Compressor Plugins - Voxengo

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ReaComp
Melda Production MCompressor

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FXpansion - DCAM FreeComp - I don't use it as much now as I'm pretty happy with the Waves SSL bus comp, but it's definitely decent.
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