Sidechain GOTT Compressor LeftRight
Detailed: LSP Sidechain GOTT Compressor LeftRight (SCGC1LR)
Developer: Vladimir Sadovnikov
This plugins introduces Grand Over-The-Top (GOTT) Compressor which combines both upward and downward compression and allows to smear the dynamics of the music - all what is often required in modern electronic music (and not only).
The compressor provides three bands by default and allows to enable one more extra band at high frequencies.
As opposite to alternatives, this compressor provides numerous special functions listed below:
- Modern operating mode - special operating mode that allows to look different at classic crossover-based compressors. Crossover-based compressors use crossover filters for splitting the original signal into independent frequency bands, then process each band independently by it's individual compressor. Finally, all bands become phase-compensated using all-pass filers and then summarized, so the output signal is formed. In Modern mode, each band is processed by pair of dynamic shelving filters. This allows the better control the gain of each band.
- Linear Phase mode allows to split audio signal into multiple frequency bands with linear phase shift. This introduces additional latency but gives several benefits:
- Unlike classic crossovers which use IIR (Infinite Impulse Response) filters to split signal into multiple bands and shift the phase of the audio signal at band split points, the Linear Phase allows to use FIR (Finite Impulse Response) filters which are deprived of this.
- Unlike most IIR filters which are designed using bilinear transform, linear phase filters allow to simulate their tranfer function to look like the transfer function of analog filters, without deforming it's magnitude envelope near the nyquist frequency.
- Unlike design of classic Linkwitz-Riley filters, the design of IIR filters provides shorter transition zone of the filter.
- Sidechain boost - special mode for assigning the same weight for higher frequencies opposite to lower frequencies. In usual case, the frequency band is processed by compressor 'as is'. By the other side, the usual audio signal has 3 db/octave falloff in the frequency domain and could be compared with the pink noise. So the lower frequencies take more effect on compressor rather than higher frequencies. Sidechain boost feature allows to compensate the -3 dB/octave falloff of the signal spectrum and, even more, make the signal spectrum growing +3 dB/octave in the almost fully audible frequency range. This is done by specially designed +3 db/oct and +6 db/oct shelving filters.
- Lookahead option - each band of compressor can work with some prediction, the lookahead time can be set for each channel independently. To avoid phase distortions, all other bands automatically become delayed for a individually calculated period of time. The overall delay time of the input signal is reported to the host by the plugin as a latency.
- Surge protection - provides surge protection mechanism aimed to avoid extra loud first pop when compressor starts working after a long period of silence. Does not work when external sidechain is turned on.
- Bypass - bypass switch, when turned on (led indicator is shining), the plugin bypasses signal.
- Mode - combo box that allows to switch between the following modes:
- Classic - classic operating mode using IIR filters and allpass filters to compensate phase shifts.
- Modern - modern operating mode using IIR shelving filters to adjust the gain of each frequency band.
- Linear Phase - linear phase operating mode using FFT transform (FIR filters) to split signal into multiple bands, introduces additional latency.
- SC Boost - enables addidional boost of the sidechain signal:
- None - no sidechain boost is applied.
- Pink BT - a +3db/octave sidechain boost using bilinear-transformed shelving filter.
- Pink MT - a +3db/octave sidechain boost using matched-transformed shelving filter.
- Brown BT - a +6db/octave sidechain boost using bilinear-transformed shelving filter.
- Brown MT - a +6db/octave sidechain boost using matched-transformed shelving filter.
- Zoom - zoom fader, allows to adjust zoom on the frequency chart.
- Stereo Split - enables independent compression of left and right channels.
- Reactivity - the reactivity (smoothness) of the spectral analysis.
- Shift - allows to adjust the overall gain of the analysis.
- FFT L, R In - enables FFT curve graph of input signal on the spectrum graph.
- FFT L, R Out - enables FFT curve graph of output signal on the spectrum graph.
- Filters - enables drawing tranfer function of each sidechain filter on the spectrum graph.
- Surge - enables surge protection mechanism.
- Input - the amount of gain applied to the input signal before processing.
- Output - the amount of gain applied to the output signal before processing.
- Dry - the amount of dry (unprocessed) signal passed to the output.
- Wet - the amount of wet (processed) signal passed to the output.
- In - the input signal meter.
- Out - the output signal meter.
- Setup - combo boxes that allow to control sidechain working mode:
- Peak - peak mode.
- RMS - Root Mean Square (SMA) of the input signal.
- LPF - input signal processed by recursive 1-pole Low-Pass Filter (LPF).
- SMA - input signal processed by Simple Moving Average (SMA) filter.
- Middle - middle part of signal is used for sidechain processing.
- Side - side part of signal is used for sidechain processing.
- Left - only left channel is used for sidechain processing.
- Right - only right channel is used for sidechain processing.
- Min - the absolute minimum value is taken from stereo input.
- Max - the absolute maximum value is taken from stereo input.
- External - enables the compressor to use sidechain signal from the additional external sidechain inputs instead of main ones.
- Preamp - pre-amplification of the sidechain signal.
- Reactivity - reactivity of the sidechain signal.
- Lookahead - look-ahead time of the sidechain relative to the input signal.
- LOW, MID, HIGH, HI_E - enables compressor for corresponding band.
- S - enables soloing mode for corresponding band.
- M - mutes corresponding band.
- ON - enables extra band.
- Frequency - the knob that allows to control the split frequency between bands.
- Bottom - the bottom threshold, below which any upward compression is disabled.
- Upward theshold - the threshold, below which the upward compression starts working.
- Upward ratio - the ratio of the upward compression.
- Downward theshold - the threshold, above which the downward compression starts working.
- Downward ratio - the ratio of the downward compression.
- Attack - the compressor's attack time.
- Release - the compressor's release time.
- Makeup - the makeup gain for the corresponding band.
- Knee - the compressor's knee.
- Compression curve - the compression curve graph and the gain reduction meter.