Will this be compatible with older DAWs such as Cubase 5?
A downloadable plugin for Windows and macOS
Extreme Upwards Compressor Plugin
LOUD AS HELL
Smash. Punch. Crush. This plugin is unlike any compressor you have ever used. Designed and tested by metal and electronic artists seeking the next level of pure energy for their music, the Argent Compressor takes any sound you give it and transforms it into something truly aggressive, raw, and powerful.
Use it on a bassline to bring it right to the front of the mix. Use it on reverb tails to create nearly infinite ambiance. Use it on drums to shape transients or completely mangle the mix. The applications are endless, and always loud.
This is the ultimate sound design tool for creating industrial monsters and dancefloor bangers. The effect is extreme... can you handle it?
- Apply up to 100db of upwards compression, bringing even the quietest sounds up to max loudness
- Enable the multiband mode to engage the effect in 3 separate frequency bands, like an OTT on steroids
- Adjust the timing, range, filtering, and limiting options for incredible flexibility in use cases and genres
- Use one of the fine-tuned presets to get you up and running quickly
- Some settings do unpredictable or ugly things... and we like it that way
VIDEO & AUDIO
- RANGE: Similar to a “threshold” knob on traditional compressors, this value designates at what loudness the plugin will start working on the input sound. The more you turn the knob, the quieter the sounds that will be acted upon. At the maximum value of -100db, the effect is nearly infinite, and will capture everything, even extra noise from your other plugins!
- HARD KNEE: When enabled, the compressor effect will be applied nearly instantly once the input audio is within the Range value. This can create some glitchy effects. When disabled, the compressor’s effect is more smooth and clean-sounding.
- ATTACK / RELEASE: These controls are unlike attack and release knobs on traditional compressors. Instead, each will change how much saturation is applied to the input sound thanks to the internal math of upwards compression. Longer attack values and shorter release values will dramatically increase the saturation.
- MULTIBAND: When enabled, the input sound will be split into three bands according to the crossover frequency knob values. Each band is then independently compressed, exposing new sounds from the input audio that you may not have heard before.
- CROSSOVER LOCK: This toggle lets you adjust both multiband crossover values at the same time, maintaining the relative distance between them. Disabling allows you to adjust both knobs independently.
- DC FILTERS: If you are dealing with DC Offset, or just want to see what happens, you can enable one or both of these toggles. Pre is applied to input audio before the compression, and Post is applied after.
- LIMITER / CLIPPER: Depending on the sound you are looking for, you can switch between a limiter or a clipper to tame the output audio. This is actually what creates the plugin’s saturation, so one may be more appropriate than the other for specific situations.
- TRIM: If pushing out audio at 0db is too loud, use this knob to turn the volume down (after the compression, of course).
Plugin formats: VST3 (Windows 64 bit, MacOS), AU (MacOS)
Platforms supported: Mac OS 10.11 and up, Windows 8.1 and up
In order to download this plugin you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $39.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- Update 1.1.014 days ago
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I'm not familiar with Cubase 5, which plugin formats does it support?
VST3 is supported but I have a 32bit version of Cubase 5 (though 64bit windows 10). Do you reckon I'll have to get a 64bit version for this compressor?
I would highly recommend upgrading, definitely. I can't guarantee if we'll be releasing a 32 bit version anytime soon, but I can look into it.
I got myself Cubase 11 64bit and I bought your compressor. It's absolutely insane, I can barely believe how much of a punch it gives my music. One of the best musical software buys I've ever done. Thank you!
I find it a bit odd (and frankly dumb) that the installer doesn't let you select the target path. Wasn't too hard to find the plugin in my files, thankfully, but take that as an improvement suggestion.
The setup installs Argent Compressor to the standard system VST3 path. Does your VST3 path differ from the default?
It doesn't as far as I'm aware. Like I said, it just struck me as slightly odd that I couldn't select the target path for the plugin where I've been able to do so for every other plugin I use. I generally make a "custom" folder on my drive where I install all my plugins - makes things more organized in a way - and if I can't select to install a plugin to that specific folder, I tend to wander around the filesystem looking for it. And wandering around the filesystem looking for a file is never ideal.
Anyway, played around with this for a bit. Certainly a fun little tool - I'm happy that there's finally a distortion plugin that makes me feel like Mick Gordon in a single package. Good work! c:
Well, to be frank...I never stumbled over any PlugIn that let u choose the VST3 install path at all. 99,9% of the time the VST3 version of any PlugIn will be installed into the default folder. It is what it is...😉
I just bought and and so far it seems pretty cool
I have one wish for the future. The clipper and limiter has some thresholds at which they kick in with full force. I would love some controls over the threshold and the amounts of limiting/clipping i get from them, maybe even be able to turn them off.
After a few days with it i think i might be ready to say that this has been released too soon.
There are some pretty big issues in my case when i am trying to use it on some tracks the clipping/limitng kicks in and is boosting it into oblivion. Used it on a drumkit and i could either be over or under the limiter because god help my speakers and my ears it would smash stuff.
I still really like the concept, i use something similar with overly complicated controls pretty much everywhere else. The issues in the limiting section kind of makes me have too shelve it for now.
I hope that you get some ekstra controls on it in the future cause the world need this kind of compressor.
No AAX? Shame, this looks great
That plugin sounds so good! Just used it in Logic. Will there be an AAX Version of it to use it in Pro Tools too?
We'll definitely consider it. Thanks for the suggestion!
Small update, AAX is not going to work out unfortunately. They have an extremely restrictive license that makes it almost impossible for indie developers to make plugins.
Already have some feature requests. There is currently no forum, yet? Please add dry/wet :)
Thanks for the suggestion!
Thank you. Another request, pass through to skip clipper or limiter. And maybe oversampling for clipper / limiter :)
If possible dry/wet of the complete plugin, but also just the multiband...?
You mean per band? Or a blend between single -> multi?
I mean, that there is dry/wet also to blend in the multiband. Of course per band would be ultimate controle, but dry/wet to start with? :) A dry/wet for 'the whole' plugin would also be nice. I could go one .... different distortion types, more control over clipper and/or limiter. Simple 'next' to go to the next preset. Don't get me wrong, this thing is lovely, but could be a monster when adding more controls! Keep it up.
You know that hilarious stack of 27 effects modules, distributed across 3 or 4 mixer channels, and one of the channels is entirely a stack of 10 compressors? You know the maddening amount of time you spend fine-tuning to get this eldritch beast under control and nail that super-sweet brain-massaging distortion? You know how easy it is to lose your way or get major ear fatigue, only to return to the mix later just to hate how it sounds, and wonder where your life went so wrong?
This single plugin, for a very modest price, fixes literally all of that. No exaggeration. A lone Argent Compressor provides you with a very focused level of insane compression and distortion (anywhere from hellish and abrasive to honey-smooth) with a fine level of control to keep your workflow from spiralling out into sleepless nights. It's flexible, sounds better than the previous monster of effects stacks, and runs at literally a tenth of the CPU load (seriously, the CPU meter went from 85 to 11 after I cut out the previous monster and replaced it all with an Argent Compressor. That's including the CPU load for the 4 Harmor synths, and a master multiband compressor). Christmas came early for me!
Rip and tear your way into a better workflow. Seriously. More than worth the price.
I am probably not the first one to ask, but would it be possible to get any kind of linux binary / vst3 plugin compiled for ubuntu or similar at some point?
You're the first! :) Will take a look at this, but it won't be available upon release day unfortunately.
I just got nimble kick and now they made a doom compressor OOOOH YES CANT WAIT FOR THIS
Why is it not December 9th yet? T-T
It's fucking brilliant. Thanks to everyone involved in making this