Yosemite. Core I7 3,5 GHZ, 24 GB ram, SSD. Used with Reaper.
I bought it almost as soon as it went out and mostly use it with drum and vocal tracks, either in insert or in parallel processing.
No bug whatsoever, great stability.
Performances : in normal mode, it takes approximately 0.3 to 0.5% CPU, and 1% in HQ mode, which I consider acceptable. I prefer to use HQ mode on busses and at the end of the signal chain so as to give it a color.
It’s of the Varimu type, the release time can be quite surprising which sometimes forces to crank the compression rate. But its main asset is precisely this capacity to keep the sound coherent whichever compression setting is used, making this tool both surprising and “magical”. On parallel compression, its incredibly efficient. Nothing seems to destroy the original source.
The three stages provide quite different results, from heavily colored vintage to a slightly transparent compressor.
To top it all, you get the possibility to modify the compression’s timbre and saturation rate.
I also use it a lot on vocals, with the saturation bringing a real something in many situations. I’ve tried with compression level maxed as well as saturation on vocals and back vocals without the original source being entirely degraded. On rock/hard vocals, it’s a real killer. You can also use it as a creative tool, doubling the tracks to compress and saturate them.
The manual is very minimal but as far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter, as once you know how to use a compressor the rest is a piece of cake.
It can’t be used in just any situation, but it can be useful on mixes that need a certain type of sound. One must admit it won’t provide total transparency, but that’s not what it will be used for either.
It’s even all the opposite.
Its pros: its price, stability, character and versatility.
Cons: nothing I can think of.
A great achievement. To be tried at once – and to be bought at such a ridiculously low price. Thanks Klanghelm for such great products at small prices.