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5 Best Free Compressor Vst You Should Always Use

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Best Free Compressor Vst with Analog Characters

Compressors are the secret weapons of every great mix engineers because they know how to use and manipulate compressors for their own benefits. From now on you will use compressors at their highest potential possible!

But first, if you don’t know what compressors are or need little bit refresher on its components and how compressor works go here Compressor Basics. Ok! Ready.

Here are the best free compressor vst plugins you should have in your vst plugins libraries. Just for your information, I love analog modeling vst than transparent vst that you find in your DAWs. let’s go!

1. DCAM FREECOMP by fxpansion

DCAM FreeComp by Fxpansion

DCAM Free Comp is a buss compressor based on a classic British buss compressor design. It’s not your regular compressor, this is the monster with good analog characteristics.
It is a BUSS COMPRESSOR, so use it on your drum buss or may be on entire mix. Not that useful on single channels or tracks.

It is intended to gel or glue subgroups, busses, and entire mixes together while enhancing punch and definition.

Could be compared with other expensive bus compressor vst plugins. It sounds great and the best thing is its free. Both Windows and Mac users can use this great little best vst plugin.

My Settings for DCAM FREECOMP:

For Drum Buss Peaking Around -3dB
ATTACK: 10 – 11ms
RATIO: 2 – 4 for subtle gluing
THRESHOLD: 1.90dB to 5.50dB (or adjust according to your taste)
MAKEUP GAIN: 3dB to 4dB

 

2. ThrillseekerLA by VARIETY OF SOUND

ThrillseekerLA is a digital stereo leveling amplifier with truly analog qualities. Classic input level has driven two knob design with additional manual attack and release time interventions. Sounds good on almost anything you have to try yourself if haven’t already. Range knob works as threshold read manual for full information. Sadly, available only for 32-Bit Windows users. Overall great free vst.

My settings for drums:

Fast attack and release with around 50% range(use as per your taste)

 

3. Stereo Buss Compressor by Minimal System Group

This Buss Compressor is modeled on legendary buss compressors from classic analog consoles the MSI Stereo Buss Compressor could be just what you need to ‘glue’ all the elements of a track together and make mixes sound bigger with more punch and character without losing clarity.

Useful on Drum Bus and entire mix.
Available for 32Bit and 64Bit Windows users.

My settings for Drum Bus:
Threshold: -8dB to -12dB
Ratio: 2 to 3:1
Fast to Mid Attack with Mid to Slow Release.
Gain: 1 to 2 dB(or as per your taste)

 

 

4. UltraComp by Minimal System Group

UltraComp is a beautiful classic sounding compressor can be used on instrument tracks and the master buss features controls for Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Gain, Power with professional vintage analog GUI Design and consumes very low CPU usage.
Available for 32Bit and 64Bit Windows users.

No settings as controls are easy enough to understand.

 

5. MJUC jr. by Klanghelm

MJUC jr. is a variable-mu** design with lots of vibes. capable of smooth leveling but also heavy pumping effects.

With its two gain stages and interstage transformer simulation, it offers a very deep and lively soundstage.

Both Windows and Mac users can use this vst plugin.

TIP: Use Fast or Slow Time Constants with -1db to -2dB of Gain reduction.

 

Conclusion: Always remember, use a little compression on single channels only if the sound lacks punch, don’t overcompress.

 

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