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Klanghelm DC8C advanced compressor v3.0.1 WiN-OSX RETAiL-SYNTHiC4TE screenshot

SYNTHiC4TE | July 06 2018 | 115 MB
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.

DC8C Feature List

detector network and gain reduction smoothing for extra smooth operation
choose between two different attack and two release curves
four different operational modes: NORMAL, CLEAN (100% clean compression with no intermodulation, no distortion, no aliasing), SMASH (ultrafast compression characteristics, almost clipper territory), LIMIT (use DC8C as a zero latency limiter)
optional soft-clipper at the output
up to 8x oversampling
side-chain filter with high pass & low pass filter plus tilt control, which let's you shift the frequency response of the detector
the saturation stage can be put freely into the signal chain: pre compression, post compression and side-chain only
three different compression curves selectable
customize the program dependency of the compressor separately for Attack and Release
GR-smoothing control to determine, how sensitive the compressor reacts to changes in the computed gain reduction, great to emulate opto-style compression
hold control, great for heavy pumping compression effects
pre-attack control to delay the start of the attack to leave transients completely alone or radically shape the attack
VU and peak metering
calibration control not only to set the reference level for the VU-meter and the saturation
unique Feedback-Mix-Control, which lets you determine, how much of the compressor's output is fed back into the detector. This way it is possible to morph between Feedback and Feedforward Compression topologies
true zero attack (0.0 ms)
negative ratios possible
parallel compression, peak-compression, RMS-compression
external side-chain
side-chain listen
Easy Mode which features 4 distinct compression styles
AGC (automatic gain compensation)
GUI resizing
comprehensive preset-browser with lots of presets to keep you started

06/27/18 version 3.0.1

- FIX: attack and release labels on the GUI of SMOOTH, PUNCH and SNAP Easy modes to match their actual ranges
- FIX: latency reporting in the VST3 version in Studio One
- NEW: added option to the global settings to disable dynamic latency reporting
USE CASE: some hosts do not adjust latency for offline rendering separately.
So when you have your Realtime OS set to eg. 1x and the Offline OS to 2x some hosts might not adjust
the changed latency correctly during rendering.
Currently I'm only aware of Studio One is behaving like that when the VST3 version of a plugin is being
used. So if you're encountering issues like that, you can use this new option in the global settings.
If dynamic latency reporting is disabled, DC8C always reports the maximum possible
introduced latency (128 samples) regardless of the oversampling settings. To stay in sync differences
between reported and actual latency are compensated by an internal delay.
- NEW: added option to the global settings to have equal OS settings for realtime and offline(render) processing
USE CASE: If your hosts doesn't adapt to latency changes when rendering, you can
optionally apply equal OS factors for both realtime and offline processing to keep things in sync.
The advantage to the aforementioned option is, that you still can use DC8C with 0 latency when no OS is being
used instead of the fixed 128 samples. The downside is, that you can't set a separate OS factor for offline
processing, hence the realtime factor is being applied during render too.

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  guest -- 0
Thanks for always bringing all this Klanghelm beauties Horsemen!
People, please support developer if you like the plug, even too fairly priced for such a powerful workhorse plugin!
  Member 13.04.2012 151
couldn't agree more with you, these plugins are so good and so cheap that is really a steal if you used it and don't buy it.

I'm still testing this one up against some of my usual suspects but it looks like a winner.
  Resident 25.12.2017 1 518
Not to just rehash the "I agree" bit, but honestly, Klanghelm has got it right. I recently mentioned in a post that I see the companies that have priced themselves out of the range of the average musician/producer as basically spitting in our eye and seeing music as an endeavor that is *solely* for profit as opposed to doing it for the community first and foremost. And then, they're shocked when people pyrate stuff?
Klanghelm is legit. Most companies would be charging Empirical Labs prices for these plugins. (....fuckin $300 for the Arousor....seriously?)
Thanks, Horsemen.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." - Method Man -
  Resident 16.02.2012 225
So in your humble opinion would you say they are the best out there?
  Resident 2.02.2014 1 1661
Getting better and better)
The Worst 1
  Resident 10.07.2014 671
Is presswerk still better or not? I would like to hear from good trained ears.
  Resident 25.12.2017 1 518
All compressors are different to varying degrees and I wouldn't associate the word "better" with any of them...though I might associate "worst," with a few.
I use different compressors depending on what instrument I'm using, the vybe I'm going for and, of course, the necessary adjustments that need to be made. I never fuck with a plugin for hours when I cook (like I have seen some people do,) to try and get it to perform how I want it to--I shouldn't have to--I know what I want to hear and so I find a compressor that does that, no more, no less, so, I bounce around. The main ones I find myself going back to are (in no particular order,) Klanghelm, Slate Digital, McDSP, TTerry West, u-he and I have been tooling around with 112db's Big Blue to see if it should be added to my arsenal.
Also, brief disclaimer: I'm not crazy on compression like some people. I make a lot of raw music (e.g.: I don't flatten my drums to a hunk of plastic like some pop music producers do,) that falls into the Soul/Hip Hop/funk/whatever-I-Make category, so I have found that I like to use compressors that are either very warm or completely transparent and that sounds good to me, not what a review says is hot or an artist says he can't live without, but what *sounds good to me.* I recommend dedicating some of your time to just listening to one of your completed (or near-completed,) tracks over and over again and running some compressors over different instruments, single and buss channels, etc., and find what you think sounds good. By all means, read/watch more about compression, The More You Know, and all that, but remember to listen.
Quick answer? Neither Presswerk or Klanghelm is a disastrous choice.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." - Method Man -
  Resident 16.02.2012 225
Getting better? Now that’s funny. Now, I wouldn’t associate the word “Better” either, but then again, I wouldn’t include Soul/HipHop or Funk in the “Flatten Drums to a hulk of plastic category either”(unless you’re referring to the snare that Cameo made famous)! I normally reserve that for Rock and Pop music.

Also, with all due respect, I didn’t ask you to “instruct” me on the use of different compressors or dedicating my time to listening over and over to compressors since I’m a Veterans Veteran of this Music and Sound industry. I guess you thought little of me.

I simply posed 1 Question based on your “rehashing” to agree statement about this plugin being a “Powerful workhorse”, “So good and so cheap” it’s like stealing. Lol. “Klanghelm has got
It right!”.

Now, I know “best” being subjective, might throw you a bit…but I was asking for your opinion. But only on the topic of whether it was the “best compressor” out there in terms of what you
had agreed to. Not whether there were different kinds of compressor etc.etc… Different uses for them etc, etc…

For you to overwhelmingly agree to others descriptions of this plugin as being “ Beautiful, Powerful, so good, so cheap, a steal, a winner and Klanghelm has got it right. Might make me stop grabbing on my ladies booty and immediately go online and buy it!

Considering the fact that “everyone” has go to plugin’s…and without making this anymore complicated than it should be. Like me , most producer/engineer’s I know still have that one piece of gear in every category of gear that they know is the 1st thing they will use….wait for it………………………………………………………..

I ask again. Since you’re “eXACT” about things. Overall…IYHO…is this the best?

P.S. Need some help making that decision..? Sound, Features, Price, Usability…etc..etc..
  Member 6.01.2015 140
Its one of the best, if not the best. especially at a price of about $30... not crazy on the cpu, zero latency... A Must have
  Resident 16.02.2012 225
Thank you Omatic.
  Member 17.02.2014 3 247
Thanx Horsemen.
The AAX don't work.
In the previous ver.3.0.0 AAX still works.
  Resident 11.07.2010 17
exactly, ''not valid 64 bit''
  Member 23.08.2014 20
Never used Klanghelm before but after this thread... I'M STOKED! Thanks

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