HOFA IQ Series Comp V2

Compressor Plugin

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    For detailed instructions on the registration/download process, you can visit our dedicated page by clicking here: Install Instructions.

Education Proof

Products with education pricing are for students & teachers only. To prove your education status we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.

Types of proof


Student ID Card, Letter of enrollment, or similar


Teacher ID Card, Lecturer ID Card, Payslip, Letter from the school/college

Education proof is submitted to the manufacturer and is accepted at their discretion.

The Basics

iLok is a copy protection method used by many of our brands.

It has 3 types of activations, iLok USB, iLok Machine, and iLok Cloud.

Different brands/products will offer different iLok methods. iLok USB is always an option, but the availability of iLok Cloud and iLok Machine methods is at the discretion of the software developer.

iLok Account

For all iLok protected products, you will need an iLok account. You can create one for free here: ilok.com/#!registration

iLok License Manager

To manage your iLok licenses, there is a dedicated app called iLok License Manager. This app is used to register, activate, and move your licenses between locations.

You can download the latest installers from the iLok website: ilok.com/#!home

iLok USB Key

iLok USB

This activation is stored on an iLok 2 or 3 USB key.

It is the best option for portability, if you frequently move between multiple machines, and offline use.

iLok Machine ID

Machine ID

This activation is stored locally on your computer.

While this is a convenient way to work offline, and does not require the additional cost of an iLok USB, there is the risk of a license being lost in the case of a drive failure.

This option also requires extra care when you upgrade to a new computer, the license(s) must be deactivated on your old machine first to ensure you do not lose them.

iLok Cloud

iLok Cloud

This activation is based online, and requires a "cloud session" using the iLok License Manager.

It requires an active internet connection for the entire time you use the plugin(s).

The HOFA IQ-Series Comp is the world’s only compressor that can link the gain reduction to the integrated tone control.

This feature allows you to boost the bass frequencies of a vocal in loud sections, for instance, or lets you create completely new tones that depend on the gain reduction, e.g. when compressing drums.

We equipped the IQ-Series Comp with the intelligence to achieve perfect results for all possible audio signals.

Whether you’re processing vocals, drums or other instruments, bus channels or the master: the HOFA IQ-Series Comp constantly adjusts relevant settings automatically according to the material. Based on your initial settings, you’ll get the best sounding compression ever.

  • Groundbreaking link between gain reduction and ColourEQs
  • Precise EQing depending on the compressor’s gain reduction
  • The ColourEQ contains shelving and peak filters
  • Colour presets for fast results in the most common applications
  • EQ look ahead for maximum transient punch
  • Intelligent/adaptive attack, release, and ratio
  • Adaptive AUTO mode
  • Two compression types: CALM & ROUGH
  • Easy to use, clear interface
  • Optimized for maximum compression with minimal artifacts (in your face compression & classic 80’s British console bus compression)
  • Mono, stereo, dual mono, M/S (Lat/Vert) operation modes, sidechain, and parallel compression
  • Lookahead to catch transients
  • Sidechain filter for compression without pumping
  • Gain reduction and frequency reduction display for optical control
  • "Set as Default" preset
  • Supports all common sample rates
  • PC and Mac, 32 and 64-bit DAWs

Crossgrade Proof

This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.

Types of proof

A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

A screenshot of your product registration

A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.