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"We worked hard to make sure our compressor sounds just like the original, keeping its punch and vibe. We also tweaked it to respond better to different sounds and even added a boost in the middle frequencies, so now it's versatile enough to work as a de-esser, too.


Folks who love gear have been really into how the VCA adds a bit of distortion—they liked it so much, we cranked that feature up a lot. This doesn't just give a nice bit of warmth; it also lets you get really heavy with the effects if you want to make vocals and bass lines pop. We've added a control that lets you blend the original and processed signal to get the perfect amount of this effect. Plus, if you're used to specific settings, we've made an option of step knobs."

Bus Compressor DSP


- Threshold, Ratio, Attack, and Release controls
- Auto Release mode that sets the release time based on musical content
- Mix knob to apply parallel compression
- Gain control to add positive or negative makeup gain
- Internal/external sidechain filtering options
- VCA THD that applies subtle saturation
- Peak and RMS detection modes
- Input, output, and gain reduction meters
- Choose between freely adjustable or stepped knob settings
- Factory presets


Tighten your mixes with musical bus compression

Use the Bettermaker Bus Compressor to add bus compression to your drum, vocal, guitar, and stereo buses. This VCA bus compressor plugin is designed to preserve transient material and maintain “punch” while glueing your mixes together. The Bettermaker Bus Compressor will add the warmth and vibe that your submixes have been missing, especially when applied to raw studio recordings.

Unlock an enhanced hardware emulation with added features

The hardware version of the Bettermaker Bus Compressor uses an entirely analog signal path with settings that are saved and recalled digitally; this has led to the unit’s widespread popularity amongst professional mixing and mastering engineers. While the Bettermaker Bus Compressor plugin sounds very similar to the hardware, it’s slightly more forgiving and surgical, allowing you to de-ess vocals and hi-hats. Furthermore, the VCA Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) knob generates additional harmonic content, subtly saturating your music.

Filter and boost the sidechain signal to avoid pumping effects

When processing bass-heavy sounds, many compressors often respond too aggressively to low-end transients. As a result, you may end up with undesirable pumping effects. The Bettermaker Bus Compressor includes a sidechain high-pass filter and midrange boost option. Use these features to target the punch of kick drums and the sibilance in vocals..

Choose between responsive or smooth compression

The Bettermaker Bus Compressor plugin features both Peak and RMS detection modes, making it an incredibly versatile compressor. Peak mode is intended for tight dynamics control and is perfect for taming aggressive drum transients. RMS mode provides smoother compression, ideal for sustained sounds like pads, basses, and vocal textures.

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