IK Multimedia T-RackS Bus Compressor
VCA Compressor Plugin
Glue effect on your mixes
The Bus Compressor is based on the mix bus VCA type compressor of a worldwide known and acknowledged British large-format mixing console from the '80s. It was used on practically every hit record and major production from the '80s to present days, so much that its sound has almost become a trademark. This compressor was so widely used that it later became a stand-alone rackmount unit, so that it could be used separately from the large format console. This made for even more success; a thing that led to many hardware and software clones trying to emulate it.
This legendary processor has been painstakingly analyzed and measured down to the very single component, compression curve, soft knee behavior, and detection circuit; this in order to obtain a dead-on reproduction that will impart a cohesiveness to mixes that is often referred to as "glue effect" where every instrument blends nicely with the others, and mixed tracks suddenly start to sound like "music".
Like many of IK's hardware-based modules, they have added several nice and handy features not present on the original. In this case, they added the "Grit" switch that will reproduce the slightly increased 2nd harmonic distortion of an out of calibration unit, a behavior favored by many engineers for its more characterful sound.
The Sidechain HP filter has been added to filter low frequencies out of the detection circuit path so that they won't overmodulate compression, thus avoiding the "pumping" effect at a lower threshold and higher ratio. When not engaged, the "pumping" effect delivered by this module is astonishing, making it equally at home on loud rock mixes or slamming dance tracks.
The 1.5:1 ratio has been added for subtle and even compression making mixes "shine" without sounding compressed.
We like to see it sitting on the mix buss of your DAW, where it was ideally designed to be, but it also rules on other stereo sources, like drums submixes or parallel compression buses: this use is also well known to engineers and producers the world over, a very effective for “obscene” amounts of compression, punching and pumping drum rooms and creative effects.
- Works within the T-RackS CS Standalone application
- High-quality oversampling
- High-precision and high-transparency digital processors
- Accurately analog-modeled vintage classic devices
- Full-latency compensation support
- Supports sampling rates up to 192 kHz
- DSM and SCC proprietary IK technologies for extremely accurate digital models of analog hardware devices
- Native compatibility with 64-bit applications and operating systems
T-RackS 5 is a 64-bit application and requires a 64 bit CPU and Operating System.
Supported Plug-in formats (64-bit): Audio Units, VST2, VST3, AAX Native
Mac: Minimum Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), macOS 10.9 or laterWindows Minimum Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB of RAM (8 GB suggested), Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Requires an ASIO compatible sound card.
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