The 10 Best Freeware Compressor Plug-ins
The 10 Best Freeware Compressor Plug-ins:
VST / AU for Mac & PC, available in 32 and 64-bit versions
makes quite an impression with its Russian tank-like user interface and abundance of controls. But that’s nothing compared to the sound it produces when you turn the 12 knobs of this compressor/limiter, which does not try to emulate any hardware compressor but is rather inspired by several well-known references, like the Neve 33609, the Tube-Tech CL 1B and the Fairchild 670. If you like discreet compression, forget about it! This plug-in was developed to give a more or less obvious vintage color to the signal ─ and even squash it like a potato masher ─ while rendering interesting musical results. Usable in mono, stereo or M/S mode, the plug-in is ideal for parallel compression on a bus. It also has an adjustable high-pass filter for sidechain use. The Molot has only one con: it requires a lot of CPU power. But now that all sequencers offer a freeze function, it’s not a real problem anymore.