T-Compressor By Techivation
In this article, we’ll take a look at Techivation’s newest plugin, the ‘T-Compressor‘. Most of you are probably familiar with Techivation and their well-known De-Esser Plugin, the iT-De-Esser’. We reviewed their ‘T-De-Esser Pro‘ plugin a month ago, and now we’re back with another fantastic product from them, the “T-Compressor.” We’ll take a closer look at what this plugin has to offer, as well as its features.
‘T-Compressor’, by the way, this plugin is currently on introductory sale for $39, down from $49. Techivation’s ‘T-De-Esser Pro’ users will be charged only $29. You can try this plugin for free for a 14-days trial, which is available from the website.
Also, you can get their ‘Dynamic Bundle‘ which contains the T-De-Esser Pro and T-Compressor and it’s on 50% Sale.
This dynamic processor isn’t just another compressor. T-Compressor is a powerful plugin that lets you add three compressors, each with its own color and texture. Although it appears to be highly user-friendly and straightforward, there is a lot going on behind the hood. I’d describe it as a simple yet strong dynamic processor with various unique features to help in the creation of great sounds.
Clean (transparent compression with no color), Crispy (adds harmony and boost to the high-end), Warm (adds harmonics and color to the sound), and Thick (Adds subtle body, openness, and thickness to the sound) are the four-character choices. Now, in the images below, you are going to see the harmony and colors added by this plugin at ‘0’ dB Compression and also how it affects the Frequency spectrum with its maximum settings.
When the ‘Clean’ option is chosen, the compressor sounds very transparent. It works well with any sound source. Since it doesn’t add color to your sound it can be a good choice to use it also on your mix bus as your bus compressor.
Clean (Harmony added at its default setting)
Clean (Affected frequency result at its max setting)
This setting brightens the sound by blending its unique bright flavor and harmony into the audio. More of the mode’s impact will be applied as you increase the compression amount. This would be a great choice to add some brightness to the vocal, guitar, synths, etc. Adding too much of this might makes your signal sounds a bit harsh though.
Crispy (Harmony added at its default setting)
Clean (Affected frequency result at its max setting)
Warm mode, adds warmth and a unique analog kind of color to the sound by using tape saturation processing and filters. And that helps to smooth out the harsh high-end frequencies. This mood is sound great on vocals, bass guitar, guitar, kick drum, snare drum, drum bus, and honestly on anything.
Warm (Harmony added at its default setting)
Warm (Affected frequency result at its max setting)
The Think mode helps to make the sound more open and three-dimensional, as well as bringing dull sounds to life. It adds a subtle body to the sound and it sounds great on kick, bass, synth, thin vocal, and drum bus.
Thick (Harmony added at its default setting)
Thick (Affected frequency result at its max setting)
There are way more to this plugin and we will go through them all in detail.
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Now let's take a closer look at its features:
- Serial Compression: Add/Remove up to 3 compressors after one another with totally different and independent settings, and also be able to use them as parallel compression. The wonderful thing is that you can automate each of the compressors, which is a fantastic option.
- On/Off Button: This allows you to turn off or on the plugin, and each 3 compressor series has its own ON/OFF button.
- A/B Switch: The A/B buttons let the user easily compare other alternatives to find which one will work the best. They each work on a different compressor in the serial chain.
- Digital & VU Meter Graph Meter: Helps you to monitor the gain reduction in two different views, VU and Digital Graph.
- 4 Compression Modes: This plugin provides 4 compressor modes:
1. Clean: Colorless and transparent compression. Awesome for using it on mix-bus. Since it’s a very transparent compression, it’s awesome for adding glue to the mix, if you don’t want to add any color to the over the sound.
2. Crispy: Add a high-end boost, more presence, and harmony to the sound. Wonderful use for vocal track especially, to add more crisp and high-end.
3. Warm: Adds color, and harmony to the sound, and it’s a great choice for using it as the 2nd compressor on vocals, to add more warmth to the bass, guitar, piano, and my favorite on the drum bus.
4. Thick: Adds subtle buttons and body to the signal. Great on the kick drum, bass, electric guitars, thin-sounding vocal, and also drum bus.
- Attack & Release Switch: By left-clicking on Attack & Release setting, you may select between fast and slow attack and release. Also increasing the amount of the compression from 1% to 100% affects the Attack and Release time as well.
- Threshold: We should change the threshold level in order to activate the compressor. You may increase the amount threshold by lowering the fader. The number of gain reductions will be seen to the left of the threshold slider. It starts at 0 dB and can go all the way down to -60 dB.
- Compression Knob: The Compression knob controls the amount of compression added to the signal. It is the software’s most essential feature. Also as mentioned before, the attack, release, and the ratio of the compressor are automatically changed as you increase the compression knob settings from 0% to 100%.
- Input & Output: This single fader will be used to control both the input and output levels. When you click on the ‘triangle’ icon or the name, a menu appears with options for Input and Output. If Input is chosen, fader adjustments will affect the input signal amount, but if Output is selected, fader adjustments will affect the output signal amount.
- Smart Auto-Gain: You can set the Output to Auto or Manual. The Auto-Output level adjustment will be changed due to the amount of compression you add. But in manual mode, you need to adjust it yourself.
- Sc-hp 20hz to 350hz: High-Pass sidechain helps you to keep your low-end untouched by the compressors, and give you more control over the overall compression.
- Parallel Mix: Enable the parallel processing by using the Mix dry/wet slider. Each 3 compressor’s settings can be used as parallel processing.
- Oversampling: Oversampling options from 1x – 8x, help with having a smoother and cleaner high-end.
- Scalable GUI: Adjustable GUI size from 80% to 150%.
- Global Presets: This allows you to load global serial compression settings, as well as save them. These are the presets that allow you to add up to three compressors to the plug-in, each with its own parameters.
- Menu: Through the menu, you can access Preset options, Global Preset options, GUI Scale, Sign-in/out, Manage Active Machines, Change Password, and get more information for T-Compressor and access to the support center.
First and foremost, I must clarify that I have not seen any low-quality Techivation items. All of their products are of the highest quality and sound fantastic. I’m a big fan of their T-De-Esser Pro, and the T-Compressor has quickly become one of my favorite digital compressors plugins. Although the UI appears to be simple, it is quite powerful. The best part is that each of the three compressors has its own separate setting and can be automated. Isn’t it amazing? You can do a lot with this beast, after all.
One cool technique I like to use is to layer different types of compression on top of each other to control the signal while also adding warmth, color, and richness to the sound. I usually start with a clean and transparent compressor to reduce some of the higher picks and transients with a fast attack and release time, then add a colored compressor to smooth out the dynamic range and give the sound an analog feel. If necessary, I would also use the third compressor. But now, with T-Compressor, we can combine all of this into a single plugin, which is a feature I really like.
You can basically automate every single parameter with T-Compressor, which is a great win for me because I’m a big lover of automation and automation is, in my opinion, one of the most crucial keys to achieving a pro-sounding mix. As said before, each of these three compressors has its own mix (dry/wet) option. In fact, you may compress your sound using three different parallel compression settings. For example, you might use crisp compression to give the vocal more air and brightness, then use Warm mode to smooth out the sound, and then Clean mode with fast attack and release to control the transients.
Techivation has done it again by developing a really useful and yet simple-to-use plugin. T-Compressor is, in my opinion, one of the most unique digital compressors on the market, and it is well worth the money. This compressor is simple to use and will help you find what you’re looking for quickly, and it sounds great on almost everything. You can try the T-Compressor for 14 days before deciding whether to purchase it. Simply try it out to see whether it delivers what you’re looking for or not.
You can download the ‘T-Compressor’ from their official website (linked below). Again this plugin is currently on introductory sale for $39 and Techivation’s ‘T-De-Esser Pro’ users will be charged only $29 if they want to get this plugin. You can try this plugin for free for a 14-days trial.
MAC OSX Requirements
- Mac OS X 10.11 (OS X El Capitan) – macOS 11.6 (Big Sur) as 64bit VST, VST3, and AU, and 64-bit AAX, Intel, and Native M1
- Windows 7 and up as 32 / 64-bit VST and VST3, and 64-bit AAX (PT11 and up).