Waves V-Comp
Waves V-Comp

V-Comp, Software compressor from Waves.

tarrtime 12/09/2012

Waves V-Comp : tarrtime's user review

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Waves V-Comp is a software plug-in to be used in a DAW. All of Waves' products are easy to install and authorize.
The V-Comp has most of the same controls (ratio, release) as a typical compressor. If you are familiar with the use of compressors, these controls will be immediately intuitive when you first start the plug-in. There are also some unique functions built-in that you won't find on a typical compressor. There is a 'De-Esser' switch that can be turned off/on. This switch likely activates some kind of high-frequency side-chain for the compressor to de-ess any harshness in your input signal.
There is also a limiter built-in. In fact, the limiter can be used with or without the compressor. The limiter has a 'Limit Level' or threshold knob, attack and release controls.
The input volume knob is very important to drive the compressor. Without a dedicated 'threshold' for the compressor, it is the input level that really controls when the compressor kicks in.


The V-Comp definitely adds some analog 'color' to your tracks. I own a lot analog modeled compressors - SSL Bus Comp, Waves H-Comp, CLA Classic Compressors, NI/Softube Vintage Compressors. The V-Comp is a totally different flavor. I like to use V-Comp on vocals with the De-Esser. It really smooths out the overall level. The V-Comp is also great on drum bus. It really squashes the transients very musically. This is much different from the 'glue' of the SSL Bus Comp.


The V-Comp is modeled after the Neve 2254 hardware compressor. I have never used the hardware, but the sound of the compressor seems very familiar. It adds a fair amount of analog 'color' to your tracks. Waves includes some great presets with all their plug-ins. I like to use the presets more as 'starting points' but they can typically get you most of the way there. If you don't have a lot of experience with compressors, you should definitely check these out.