Kompreskimo is a simple compressor and saturation multi-effect intended for use on the master bus. It’s definitely not a tool for users who require complete control over the gain reduction process, with access to adjustable timing and precise metering.
However, beginner producers who aren’t skilled enough to operate a more advanced compressor might put it to good use. I used the word might deliberately because I haven’t yet tested Kompreskimo in a DAW, so I honestly don’t know if it’s any good. That said, the developer’s demo video indicates that they put a lot of thought into Kompreskimo.
In the lack of a thorough review, let’s talk first impressions. Kompreskimo features a lighthearted GUI design with an igloo, an Eskimo, and a campfire. So yeah, it definitely doesn’t try to look like vintage hardware.
We’ve seen quite a few plugins that pulled off this type of comic-style look lately, pioneered by the legendary Sausage Fattener. A recent example would be Smiley by Streaky Mastering.
Much like its GUI design, Kompreskimo’s compression workflow is super simple. The main slider (the one with the Eskimo picture) adjusts the amount of compression and distortion applied to the signal. The user can also fine-tune the input gain, the output gain, and the dry/wet level.
And that’s pretty much it when it comes to Kompreskimo’s controls. Again, compressors can be intimidating, so such a simple compression tool can be a godsend for beginner producers. Add some compression and saturation with the slider, adjust the input gain, and mix in a touch of the unprocessed signal for that parallel compression flavor.
I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on Kompreskimo. If you test it in your DAW of choice, please leave a comment to let us know your impressions.
Kompresskimo is available for free download from PresentDayProduction’s website (valid email address required). It operates as a VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin in 64-bit hosts on PC and Mac.
At the moment, the Windows version of Kompreskimo doesn’t have an auto-installer. You will need to manually extract the plugin files and move them to the VST plugins folder on the hard drive (a step-by-step guide is included in the download).
If you’re looking for a more advanced bus compressor, check out the TDR Molotok and TDR Kotelnikov plugins by Tokyo Dawn Records. And if all you need is a bit of distortion, don’t forget to download our BPB Dirty Filter plugin.
More info: Kompreskimo (9.20 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX plugin format for Windows & macOS)