TDR Kotelnikov is a brand new free mastering compressor in VST/AU/AAX plugin formats for Windows and Mac based digital audio workstations. The plugin is released by Tokyo Dawn Labs, who are well known for their absolutely brilliant TDR Feedback Compressor.
Coming from the guys who brought us the amazing TDR Feedback Compressor, my expectations for this brand new mastering compressor are very high. The official announcement says that TDR Kotelnikov is basically the successor of TDR Feedback Compressor, based on a similar control scheme and sharing some of the high-precision algorithms for dynamics control.
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I still haven’t tested the new plugin, but all of the comments I’ve seen so far are positive. TDR Kotelnikov was designed to be a stealthy compressor for use on the master bus and it seems that the developers have nailed it again. Some users are already describing TDR Kotelnikov as the most transparent compressor which they’ve ever used. Hopefully, a full review of the new plugin will be published on BPB in the next couple of days.
The plugin is available in two different flavors. The basic version of TDR Kotelnikov is completely free to download and use. The alternative Gentleman’s Edition of the plugin (labeled TDR Kotelnikov GE) is priced at €40 and it adds several improvements to the standard feature set. Please note that the free version of the plugin is not crippled in any way. It’s a fully functional mastering tool and the alternative version of the plugin simply adds some new features.
It’s also worth noting that you can choose to download the portable version of the plugin (just a ZIP archive containing the DLL file) if you don’t like using the installer. That’s always a nice move! I usually like to avoid installers, unless they’re absolutely necessary for the plugin to work properly.
I’d like to thank BPB readers K and Drew Lake for letting me know about the new release. Thanks for the support guys! And of course, thanks to Tokyo Dawn Labs for yet another powerful freeware tool! It’s amazing how many fantastic free effects and instruments we have at our disposal these days.
TDR Kotelnikov is available for free download via Tokyo Dawn Labs (9.7 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & Mac).