Sixth Sample releases Cramit, a freeware OTT (over the top) multiband compressor effect in VST3 and AU plugin formats for compatible DAW software on Windows and macOS.
Cramit is heavily inspired by the legendary OTT plugin by Xfer Records (which, in turn, is a plugin version of a multiband compressor preset in Ableton Live). However, Cramit enhances the basic OTT multiband compression concept by adding distortion to the signal chain.
As Sixth Sample explains, applying harmonics before or after multiband compression can make the results sound even more impressive. They took this idea and wrapped it into a plugin that you can download for free from their website.
At its core, Cramit is a 3-band upward/downward compressor/expander. By default, Cramit works exactly like the standard OTT compressor. The user can apply different amounts of compression/expansion to different areas of the spectrum while also being able to solo or bypass each band.
Things get more interesting once we move to the distortion section. Cramit offers seven different distortion types, each delivering a unique blend of saturation and signal coloration. The distortion can be applied before or after the compression module.
The plugin offers separate Drive and Dist controls, along with In, Out, and Mix volume parameters. The interface is intuitive, well-designed, and freely resizable. If you’re new to OTT-style compression, you can start with one of the ten included presets before experimenting with custom settings.
“Cramit is a free multiband downwards/upwards compressor and expander combined with two-stage distortion. With the legendary OTT effect being its default setting, Cramit is a fantastically quick tool to cram some energy and color into your music.”
OTT-style multiband compression is a useful mixing and sound design tool, especially if you want to make a particular recording sound larger, more impactful, or “over the top.” Sixth Sample’s new take on the concept makes things more interesting by applying harmonics directly in the signal chain, leading to even more impressive sounds.
Cramit is available in VST3 and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS. Both 32-bit and 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
Review 3rd paragraph; it’s strange!
Fixed, thank you!
So, this is like OTT but f… Wait… Déjà vu? This market is getting sat… well, maximized. Huh, huh!
Watching the video, I got the strange impression that you can only use compression OR expansion using the arrows, yet my initial thought was that the lower threshold WAS the expansion threshold. So, am I completely wrong or the arrows are in fact more of a inversion of the effect and not a compressor/expander switch as stated? Yes, compression is my nemesis! :D
Anywho, nice GUI, easy on the eyes, looks well distributed. Distortion module seems fun.
If I had to compare NanoDynamics and Cramit, I’d say I get better results with Cramit on single sound tracks but NanoDynamics shines on groups or master. Cramit is pumping real fast, NanoDynamics being more subtle and easier to tame. Could be me, tho. In short, they’re different enough that it’s worth your while to experiment a bit.
You know, I was wondering whether or not to download this plugin (considering I have OTT and use it a lot) until I watched the vid, and now I am *sold*.
Neglecting the distortion aspect of it, this plugin actually allows you to edit the lower and upper thresholds independently, which is a PLUS. Also (and this answers your question, MRG), it can actually do expansion, whereas Xfer’s OTT can only do upwards/downwards compression. Doing both at once would probably make your CPU cry.
GUI has that certain Valhalla feel to it IMO :-)
Is the download still working? I tried two different email addresses and it says failed to send the confirmation email. Anyone else getting this?