Puncher 2 is an ultra-lightweight transient shaping and multi-band compression tool. It is based on the same DSP engine as W.A. Production’s flagship Puncher 2 ($69) plugin, but the “Lite” edition features a more streamlined control interface.
The freely downloadable Puncher 2 Lite plugin has three main control knobs: Transients, Multiband, and Parallel.
The first knob boosts the attack transient, adding punch to kick drums, snares, and other percussive sounds. The second knob splits the audio into four bands and then compresses each band individually for a smooth “analog-like” effect. The third knob controls the built-in parallel compressor.
Puncher 2 Lite also features a bypass switch and a master gain knob. Use the bypass switch for quick A/B testing and use the master volume knob for easy gain-staging. You can save your favorite settings for later with the built-in preset manager.
It’s no surprise that Puncher 2 Lite works quite well as a drum processor. Use the transient section for adding punch, then combine the multi-band and parallel compressor for a gentle loudness boost.
It’s also worth mentioning the real-time gain reduction display. The plugin shows the incoming audio and processed audio waveforms in the GUI center, so the user can visually identify any problem areas.
Here’s how W.A. Production describes the Puncher 2 Lite plugin:
“Puncher 2 Lite is here to help you hit your listeners right between the eyes. We’ve kept things simple and ultra-streamlined, stripping back the original controls of Puncher 2 and retaining only the most useful parts of the interface.”
Download the Puncher 2 Lite plugin completely free of charge from the product page linked below. Click the “Buy Now” button to add the plugin to your shopping cart and proceed with the free checkout. A valid email address is required to sign up for a free W.A. Production user account.
Download: Puncher 2 Lite (32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin formats for Windows & macOS)