Waves Audio and Wildcrow offer the H-Comp compressor plugin as a FREE download for a limited time.
H-Comp is a hybrid compressor that emulates the non-linear behavior of various analog components like tubes, transformers, and transistors.
I used H-Comp extensively after getting it for free in 2018 and it quickly became one of my go-to compressor plugins. I currently use it alongside DC1A and TDR Molotok, as this compressor trio covers all of my dynamic range compression needs.
H-Comp is quick and easy to use, so I often use it as the first insert on individual tracks. It works great on vocals and bass, thanks to the subtle analog saturation that helps these elements stand out in a busy mix.
The interface lets you choose between four analog saturation modes, but you can also switch this feature off if you prefer a fully transparent sound.
The other control paramaters are exactly what you’d expect to find in a typical compressor. The Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release, Mix, and Output controls are self-explanatory, so there’s no need to cover them in detail.
However, H-Comp features one additional knob labeled Punch, and it’s not hard to guess what it does. This control allows the transients to pass through, so that the signal remains punchy even with fast attack settings. This is essential for heavily compressed drums.
You can use the Punch feature in combination with parallel processing (easy to do with the included Mix knob) to create heavy-hitting drums.
Lastly, H-Comp has an external side-chain input and a BPM-sync release function. These two features are the perfect combo for creating groovy side-chained basslines that are perfectly in tempo with your project.
H-Comp has a list price of $179 (athough it’s almost always on sale for $29) but you can get it for FREE until February 12th. The offer comes from Waves Audio and Wildcrow, a music producer and YouTube personality.
If you’re looking for a versatile compressor that covers all the basses and provides extra functionality like analog-style saturation and external sidechain, H-Comp is a must-have.
To claim your free copy of H-Comp, visit the promo page linked below, log in to your Waves Audio user account, and click the blue GET H-COMP HYBRID COMPRESSOR FREE button. The offer expires on February 12th, 2023.
H-Comp is available in VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for Windows and macOS.