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Airwindows VariMu: Mac/Windows/Linux AU/VST Channel Strip Plugins
Old 2 days ago
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Software Airwindows VariMu: Mac/Windows/Linux AU/VST

TL;DW: A more organic variation on Pressure.


Thank you for your patience! Usually I keep up a rapid pace of plugin releases. Due to some personal tragedy I've spoken of before, I had to take a little down time, but I feel prepared to carry on as I did before.

I've got something nice: everybody likes yet another compressor, right? I've got ButterComp, Swell, Logical4, the one in CStrip, Surge, SurgeTide, Pyewacket, Thunder, and of course Pressure4. All those are free (and I'm working on getting them open source as well, but first I want to get the actual plugins out).

So clearly what we need is YET ANOTHER free compressor as we plainly don't have nearly enough. We must run all the compressors, in a row, until everything is so compressed we can't even stand ourselves!

No… there's a non-joke reason. And that reason is, all those sound very different. They won't all work for everyone: for instance, Pyewacket is all about retaining the attack transients of things and just stepping on the tails of envelopes. Swell is about stomping out those very attack transients until they're all gone. Surge is about very smooth gain shifts that are totally transparent and more like an automatic gain control. SurgeTide is the same but more so, it's almost completely unmanageable. Logical4 is about acting like a hardware stereo 2-buss compressor, and so on.

VariMu comes from Pressure, originally. What it does differently is trigger using different math: it uses the square of the input signal, not just the signal alone, and it also handles brief transients differently. This makes it sound very different from Pressure, so if you like Pressure you should try it… and if you didn't like Pressure, you should also try it, because it sounds different.

That's really the essence of all these Airwindows compressors (perhaps more than any other class of plugin). They're all different algorithms, often pretty weird ones, and sound very different from each other. So you have to pick which ones fit with your type of music… but also, you don't have to pick, because they're all available to you for experimenting with, and if I come up with something weird and non-useful (SurgeTide comes to mind) then thanks to the Patreon I can put it out anyway, without worrying that it would kill the buzz and have people wondering if Airwindows has lost it. Even if it's useful to just one person, I can release anything, no matter how weird.

But this time, I don't think I'll be making excuses like that. VariMu has a good sound to it. I hope you like it
Old 2 days ago
Lives for gear

Thanks VariMu-ch Chris! Hope you're doing better!
Old 1 day ago
Here for the gear

I love Pressure4, so I'm looking forward to giving this a go!
Old 1 day ago
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Cheers Chris, love it, very analogue sounding indeed, - even when pushed to extremes I find it offers a unique distortion/breakup on the drum mix, I feel I'll be reaching for this one quite often. As always, really appreciated and many thanks.

Hope you're keeping well, E
Old 1 day ago
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Welcome back hombre! And with a bang.

I've got a drum room mic that needs a good mu-ing, think this might be just the ticket. Maybe a touch of HardVacuum and/or Powersag... mm hmm.

Best wishes Chris, btw that rack behind you looks like an amazing way to work some stuff out of the ol' think-box. Music is a healer
Old 1 day ago
Gear Maniac

Very much looking forward to trying this one out. I've got an actual paying project (for a change) underway and it will be at the mix stage in a couple of weeks, I have a feeling this will come in handy for it.
Old 13 hours ago
Lives for gear

This one has some interesting compression action for sure. It does however distort very easily on bass heavy signals.. so care is needed when dialing in the sound.
Old 10 hours ago
Gear Addict

Originally Posted by bmanic View Post
It does however distort very easily on bass heavy signals.. so care is needed when dialing in the sound.
Strange... couldn't get it to distort in a way that is noticeable or unappealing
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