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TBProAudio releases Impress - Enhanced Compressor Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X DAW Software
Old 26th March 2015
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Software TBProAudio releases Impress - Enhanced Compressor Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X

TBProAudio has released Impress, a wideband stereo compressor including side-chaining,
various prefilter options and state of the art oversampling.

Features:
  • Zero latency click-free 64-bit internal processing
  • Low aliasing compressor design
  • "real" oversampling, up to 8x
  • Stereo/left/right/mid/side processing
  • External side-chain
  • Multiband filter for main signal , up to 192 dB/Oct (Linkwitz-Riley design)
  • Prefilter for detector signal , up to 192 dB/Oct
  • 2 compressor modes: classic and clean (low aliasing)
  • 3 gain stage modes: modern, vintage and vintage clean (including thermal noise emulation)
  • 2 level detection modes: peak and RMS
  • Short/long attack/release times
  • Low aliasing soft knee
  • Dry/wet
  • Flexible signal monitoring

System Requirements:
  • Windows XP or newer
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
  • Win: 32/64 Bit VST, 32/64 Bit VST3, 32 Bit RTAS
  • OS X: 32/64 Bit VST, 32/64 Bit VST3, 32/64 Bit AU, 32 Bit RTAS
  • Tested with: Cockos Reaper, Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo/Wavelab 6/7/8
  • Demo version available.

Price: 59€.
Old 26th March 2015
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I think a lot of people might be tempted to pass this up. Who needs another "normal" compressor, right? But this is actually a very good and very flexible comp.

The company emphasizes low aliasing in the promo literature, and I think that may explain why this plug-in has so much clarity in the 4x and 8x oversampled modes. To me that's really what sets this comp apart. It reminds me of the HOFA IQ comp set at high sample rates, but actually sounds more pleasant and "real" when I A/B similar settings. I find myself getting that "aahhhhh" feeling a lot when I use this and thinking of course this is how the track should sound. My sense is that in the 8x oversampled mode it's at or above the quality of Presswerk and the Slate VMR comps.

The behavior of the actual compression is uniquely pleasant, especially on vocals. It has different modes (classic, modern, vintage, etc) like many other compressors out there, and they seem effective in helping to make a track "sit" right. CPU usage is reasonable on a modern computer, perhaps 1-2% per instance in 8x oversampling on the fastest current iMac.

By the way, I had an initial issue with latency not being reported to Studio One in the 8x oversampled mode. The company responded with an update that fixed the issue within a day! So that speaks well for their professionalism and general business approach.
Old 11th April 2015
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Updated to V1.4:

- Small Fixes
- Limit gain reduction
- PDC fix for Studio One
- Look ahead
- CPU optimizations
Old 14th May 2015
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Updated to V1.5:
- small fixes, sample rate change
Old 14th May 2015
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Please make Stereo Link knob like in LAxLimit.
Old 30th May 2015
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Was attracted by "low aliasing" feature and disappointed. Aliasing was much higher than a few other well-known low aliasing comps at similar settings (0.1 atk 300 rel, peak detection, 9 dB GR, 192 kHz), nothing spectacular. Maybe you should remove "designed for low aliasing" part and leave just "oversampling".

Overall not bad digital comp (someone actually made non-emulated), but I expected more from 2015, especially regarding antialiasing.

Besides, it crashes Adobe Audition on load.
Old 19th January 2016
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AAX Win/OSX released
Old 2nd April 2016
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Update to V 1.9.3
- Demo "Stutter" fix
- RMS window extended
- Lookahead extended
- RMS meter out
Old 27th May 2016
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1.9.4
PDC fix
RMS detection bug fixed
Loudness measurement based on ITU-R BS.1770-4 pre-filter
GUI update
Meter decay changed
Old 1st March 2017
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Update to V1.9.7
- Hold parameter added
- VST3 preset management improved
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