Free Bus Driver Compressor Plugin In Memory Of Bernie Torelli

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DontCrack is giving away the excellent Bus Driver plugin as a free download for a limited time, in memory of Nomad Factory’s founder Bernie Torelli who passed away on January 18th this year.

Bernie Torelli was a gifted guitarist, music producer and also a very talented and forward-thinking audio plugin developer. He is most known for his work on Nomad Factory products, but he was also the developer behind several other plugin suites, such as DontCrack’s V.I.P. Bundle, for example. We hereby send one last thank you to Mr Torelli for everything he did for the audio community. May he rest in peace.

In memory of Bernie Torelli, his close friends at DontCrack are giving away Bus Driver, one of the Nomad Factory plugins, as a free download for a limited time. To download Bus Driver for free, visit the product page on DontCrack and enter the coupon code “freebusdriver” at checkout. After applying the code, the price will be reduced from $119 to $0. To activate Bus Driver on your computer, simply enter your serial number (which you will receive via email) when you launch the plugin for the first time.

Bus Driver is an easy to use analog style compressor with added tube emulation. The user interface is fairly simple, with just a couple of knobs and a set of buttons to adjust the compression ratio (from 2:1 to brickwall limiting) and metering. Despite being so easy to use, the plugin also includes a set of factory presets for different mixing and mastering scenarios. As always, though, you should tweak these presets to better suit the source audio material in order to get the best possible results with Bus Driver.

IMPORTANT INFO #1: To everyone having issues during the free checkout procedure over at DontCrack, it’s obviously a bug. Try using a US address, as suggested by the DontCrack support team (thanks to our reader Tev for reporting this).

IMPORTANT INFO #2: If you can’t activate the plugin using your serial number, create a new folder named “Licenses” in ~Library/Application Support/Nomad Factory/ and give the activation procedure another try.

Download

Bus Driver is available for free download via DontCrack (5.1 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & Mac OS). Enter code “freebusdriver” at checkout to get the free download.

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53 Comments

  1. download link not working ? some1 who has the same issue ? This webpage is not available

    ERR_CONNECTION_RESET

    :( suggestions ?

        • Tomislav Zlatic

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          Are you referring to the serial number received via email, or the coupon code that should be used at checkout?

      • Hey – I am having the same problem. I put in the serial number as the Activation Code?
        Then it is asking about permissions of the ‘Licenses’ Folder. I created a folder, naming it ‘Licenses’, inside ‘Nomad Factory’ next to ‘Buses’ and make all permissions Read and Write. That all you are supposed to do? It is still saying the same problem. Am I missing something?
        Thanks!

      • You just created the folder Licenses and it worked with the Serial number as the Activation Code? That’s what I done but it still says cannot create license folder, check permissions. All my permissions are Read and Write.
        Did you do anything else with this License Folder?

        • Billy Tanglewood

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          I had the same problem. The reason is apparently the registration uses the Safari browser on my macbook, and Safari was broken on my computer. If you aren’t connected to the internet, registration won’t work, if Safari on the Mac won’t start, registration won’t work. Once I reinstalled Safari, the registration went through.
          There is an issue on some macs where Safari is broken and you have to reinstall from the System disk. I didn’t have them and you can’t find the right version of Safari for OSX 10.7.5 as a separate install. But I managed to downgrade to an older version of Safari using Pacifist, and then “Software Update” saw this and made available an updated Safari for reinstall.

  2. lol compression, the killer of dynamics. people get obsessed with compression for academic reasons of making their music louder. nothing about style or quality, just loudness. can’t sand over-compressed music, in the past i’ve deleted tracks purely because they were recorded so awfully, i.e. over-compressed.

    • Compression is nice and useful. It adds punch, energy and power. If you know how it works and how to use it, you can also create dynamics with it. Compression is the killer of dynamics ONLY when you overuse it. Period.
      Cmon, stop everybody with this “oh people are so into copression they don’t know what they’re doing”. These kind of comments never helped anybody neither did they find useful purpose.
      If people ruin their songs because of too much compression it’s none of my nor your business.

    • There is lots more to compression than just making things louder or squashing dynamics. Compression can actually increase dynamics, depending on how it’s applied. Try checking out attackmagazine.com/features/columns/gregory-scott-demolishing-the-myths-of-compression to better understand.

  3. Just trieed this comp and it is great. One of the coolest comps i’ve ever seen. Unfortunately they charging for each version of plugin, i.e. PC or Mac or VST or AAX and default option to buy is Mac-VST, so pay attention please. And the reason of the giveaway is very sad.

    • Tomislav Zlatic

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      The confirmation email contains the download link for all versions (PC/Mac) and the serial number works for all versions. I also checked out with the Mac VST by accident, but then I downloaded the Windows version and the serial worked. And indeed, the reason for the giveaway is very sad.

    • just make a fake shipping address. I don’t know any addresses in the states except los angeles and 90210… worked for me! :)

  4. Anyone else having problem with the checkout? I’m getting the following error on paypal:

    “The link you have used to enter the PayPal system contains an incorrectly formatted item amount.”

    • h/b from customer support. It’s something about living outside of the US. They said just to enter a US address, and bingo!

  5. I have the same issue – the incorrectly formatted item amount. I hope it gets fixed before it goes back to full price.

  6. Downloaded it in the US. No tax. Cost $0. Works just fine.

    Excellent-quality compressor. Just used it on a vocal bus, and it’s great at “gluing” the tracks together without removing their punch.

    RIP Bernie Torelli. Thanks for making this, and thanks to the Don’t Crack team for being so generous.

  7. I received an email earlier from Don’t Crack’s mailing list. The story of Bernie’s dedication to create continue creating plugins, while he was sick, is extremely inspiring. They mentioned that he made the decision to release this as a gift to everyone for all of the support during his battle. Unfortunately he was not able to be here for the release. That being said, it’s disheartening to see some people complaining about this. Ok, maybe some people have had a different experience while trying to purchase… But to get frustrated and lash out at a company who just lost a “family” member, and follow through with giving this away as a tribute and gift, is simply disrespectful. If you can’t download it, just move on! Or better yet, send them an email, I’m sure they are willing to help.

  8. RIP!!! I really don’t want ANOTHER account to add to the many accounts we have online these days. Thanks for the offer though. I wish it was just a download link. I know I’m missing out on a good plugin but that’s my problem. RIP again!

  9. Billy Tanglewood

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    Again, I had the same problem a few others have had of entering the registration number and it not working, being told to check the permissions on the license folder (which in my case didn’t exist.) I have Mac OSX 10.7.5.

    The reason was apparently the registration uses the Safari browser on a macbook. If you aren’t connected to the internet, registration won’t work, if Safari on the Mac won’t start, registration won’t work. In my case Safari was broken on my computer. Once I reinstalled Safari, the registration went through.

    Now there is an issue on some macs where Safari is broken and you have to reinstall from the System disk. I didn’t have them and you can’t find the right version of Safari for OSX 10.7.5 as a separate install. But I managed to downgrade to an older version of Safari using Pacifist, and then “Software Update” saw this and made available an updated Safari for reinstall.

    Hope this helps.

  10. works fine in UK. Delete text from discount code box and copy freebusdriver and checkout , couldn’t be simpler , you will then receive a confirmation email immediately with download link and serial number

  11. Wow thanks so much!! Great sounding compressor!! Already used on a lead vocal & drums for a soul/rock project.

    R.I.P Bernie Torelli

  12. Yep, asking for $30 dollars now. I guess we missed the boat on this one; they’ve upped the price of the plugin but not the value of the discount. Oh well.

  13. Lewis Aleman - SwitchBlade Audio

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    Just a heads-up – this offer is supposed to be expired, but it’s still active right now! I got it for free and activated it with a US address with no issues whatsoever. The e-mails with the serial came through instantly to hotmail.

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