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DC8C is one of the most flexible compressors around. While making a lot of different compression styles possible, it's general nature may be described as: clear, smooth, open, distinct. The main goal while designing DC8C was to get a very clean compressor action without unwanted and often almost inevitable artifacts/distortion. This way you can achieve almost invisible compression for your most demanding mastering sessions, when you want to avoid coloration. If you aim for color you can choose between two saturation models. From opto-style, peak compression, external side-chaining, RMS compression, Feedback, Feedforward compression (and everything in-between) to negative ratios, zero latency brick-wall limiting, from snappy transient treatment to smooth transient rounding - everything is possible.


Klanghelm DC8C3 and DC1A3 released

Hi all, I've just released major updates for the compression monster DC8C and its free little brother DC1A. boing DC8C 3 platform independent preset browser with easy copy/paste/save-as-default AB-ing GUI-resizing meter can now operate as a peak meter with peak hold indicator, on stereo tracks the peak meter shows both left and right channel information separately AGC (automatic gain reduction) linear phase...

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EndeavorFX releases VSVC, a shape-shifter compressor

This. Still, would be interested to hear from more seasoned people to weigh in on what they thought of the VSVC.

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*Why* do HW compressors outperform VSTs?

That's not what attack time is. It's not how long before the onset of the attack, it's how long it takes for the attack to have created a certain amount of gain reduction. Check out the Klanghelm DC8C which has an attack delay control which does what you're describing as attack.

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