IK Multimedia offers the Comprexxor (€129.99 excl. VAT) for FREE when you complete a short survey about studio monitors. The offer ends on September 20th, 2022.
Comprexxor is IK Multimedia’s attempt to emulate the Empirical Labs Distressor hardware compressor in software form. It’s a highly versatile virtual compressor suitable for mixing and mastering, with some additional features that aren’t available in the hardware unit.
The plugin can also work as a saturation tool for adding harmonics and analog-style distortion to tracks and mixes. Just like the original Distressor, the Comprexxor plugin offers two different saturation modes, accessible via the DIST 2/3 button.
“RackS Comprexxor is based on one of the most flexible and creative analog compressors ever made. With eight selectable curves, selectable 2nd or 3rd order harmonic saturation, high-pass/band-pass filters on the sidechain path, and much more, Comprexxor delivers endless sonic flexibility, whether that’s emulating classic sounds of the past or inspiring new ones for tomorrow.”
Unlike the hardware Distressor which is monophonic, Comprexxor offers additional processing modes including stereo and mid-side. The software also includes undo/redo functionality, preset management, and other handy features that aren’t available in hardware.
Most importantly, the plugin sounds very good. I bought Comprexxor during IK Multimedia’s epic Group Sale last year and it’s quickly become one of my go-to compression and saturation tool.
And it’s not just the sound and the convincing analog-style saturation. I like Comprexxor’s straightforward workflow, particularly the fixed threshold and the ability to control the compression intensity via the input gain knob, just like in the original Distressor.
Comprexxor typically costs €129.99, but the great news is that you can get it for free until September 20th. All you need to do is visit the promo page linked below and complete the survey. It’s a relatively short survey about studio monitors, so the time spent completing it is well worth the prize.
You will also need to install IK Multimedia’s authorization software to install and activate the plugin.
Comprexxor is available in 64-bit VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for Windows and macOS.
Download: Comprexxor (FREE until September 20th, 2022)