Monthly Archives: November 2012

Molot compressor review: I love it!


Well, I’ve noticed that I’ve got some fellow audiophiles among my visitors so I thought I’d share the latest find when it comes to free VSTs available: Meet Russian behemoth Molot! And dear God is this a fierce beast! You know the climactic scene in Evil Dead II when the demonic dimension rips through the fabrics of reality and the Rotten Apple Head comes through the door to swallow Ash? Well, this piece of tube-powered compression emulator kinda does that with your sounds.

I initially tried it out on the unmastered track of Call Me Greenhorn‘s album teaser – and to be honest I don’t have a title for that one yet – and I had to rip my earphones off ’cause it damn near took my head clean off. And I live for that kinda sound. There an almost endless amount of variety offered plus some nice presets if you’re new to it or just wanna save some time (personally I found the “room” setting kinda nice ’cause it had a slight SSL feel).

Based on the same technology that gave the World that other beast (the Sovtek-powered Big Muff distortion pedal), it’s a primitive, no-bullshit chunk of gnarly oomph! that does not aim for sophistication. Like author Vladislav Goncharov himself says: “[If you’re…] Looking for transparent compressor? This not your choice. This compressor adds a lot of coloring to sound.” And he’s not kidding. This’ll color everything. It’s loud and noisy and ugly and just everything that makes rough and raw music great.

You can download it here, and he’s offering some limiters and clippers as well that I’m gonna check out as soon as my damn ears stop ringing…

Yeah! It really shows the soul of Molot!

Thanks, Magnus! You rock!

PS. I didn’t have experience to work with electronic music but after using Molot for latest Proximity plugin video I had the same feeling “…as my damn ears stop ringing…” 🙂


Proximity: adding the depth to electronic music [the last video before the end of DC12]

The goal of this video is to show how to use “Proximity” plugin in electronic music.


Proximity is KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2012 entry. Voting ends 5th of December. Download! Register! Vote! Your votes are very important to all developers!


The track used in this video is “Juggernaut” by Rusty K.

PS. This video also features Molot compressor in side-chained mode and Limiter №6.

Proximity: modules and operational modes [new video!]



PS. I can confirm the bug with plugin crash on ctrl + click (or cmd + click on Mac). It occurs in GUI#1 when you use ctrl + click on control label (but not on control itself). Patched version soon will be available.


“Proximity” v1.0.1 update and Logic 9 issues

“Proximity” plugin was updated to version 1.0.1:

 – denormalization bugs were fixed to solve occasional high CPU usage problems;
 – GUI#2 editable label color was fixed in Mac version.

You can download updated version from KVR DC12 page:


There was some reports about problems with “Proximity” AU version and Logic 9. At the same time a lot of users report that the plugin works on their Logic 9 without any problems. I can’t reproduce this problem yet. But seems reinstalling the plugin for some unknown reason can help.

 …it happened two times – exactly when opening the plug-in on track in Logic
(v 9.1.8 64bit…)
but for now I can’t recreate this
…I don’t know what to say
everything works just fine.

Zyzygis :
I downloaded again and reinstalled and it works! I deleted logic’s .prefs file first as I find it sometimes helps in these cases, so I don’t know if that was what did the trick. (…)

I’m really sad about these problems but we’ll try to fix them. Because upcoming AU versions of our plugins will use the same code. Yes, this plugin had lack of testing on Logic due to competition preparation tight schedule.

PS. I want to prepare one more video about this plugin in a few days!

Proximity by Tokyo Dawn Labs & Vladg Sound video (KVR DC12 Entry)

Download! Test! Vote!


PS. And now finally I have a time to watch to another DC12 entries! Sorry, synths and sample packs are not of my interest. But sound processing entries are! I want to check them all 🙂

KVR DC’12 entry: Proximity

Proximity is a collaborative effort by Tokyo Dawn Labs and vladg/sound

This plug-in is an easy to use distance “pan-pot” based on several psycho-acoustic models. The idea is to give mixing engineer a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound sources in a straight forward and convincing manner.

Several models can be combined:

  1. Distance signal delay by speed of sound.
  2. Distance gain loss.
  3. Absorption of high-frequencies in air.
  4. Stereo width manipulation.
  5. Proximity effect of virtual microphone.
  6. Distance based early reflections.

All of them can be turned on and off to taste. Distance modulation options extend the creative possibilities even further. Units can be switched from metric (meters) to imperial (inches).

The plug-in is available in 32 and 64-bits versions for Windows and Mac OS X in VST and AU format.




PS. Video about using of Proximity plugin will be available soon. EDIT: [Watch the video!]

Limiter №6 video translations

Japanese translation:



Thanks to Ryoma Nishiyama!

Russian translation:


And original Limiter №6 video:


PS. KVR DC12 entry is ready. Let’s go! Demo video for this entry will be ready soon!

KVR Developer Challenge 2012: 3 days to deadline!


DC 12 Dates:

Deadline:    November 5th
Voting:       Nov 6th – Dec 5th

PS. Okay, I don’t offer my own plugin for this competition but I’m participated! See you very soon!