5 Best Multiband Compressor Plugins for Mixing
If you have a mini recording studio in Miami, you probably are experimenting with compressor plugins. In this article, you will learn about the advanced art of mixing with compression using multiband compressor plugins. Also, we have a list of 5 multiband compressor plugins you can use right away.
We begin with the basics.
What is multiband compression?
In one of our mixing tips blogs, we lightly touched on how multi-band compression works. As a refresher, compressor plugins help you vary the dynamic range of your vocals or tracks.
A compressor plugin allows you to fine-tune the quietest and loudest parts of your tracks or vocals. A single compressor plugin only lets you work with one frequency band in your tracks and vocals. Nothing wrong with that as long as your track sounds like it came out of one of the dope professional recording studios in Miami.
But if you want real control over your track/vocals, across multiple frequency bands. Working with multiband compression is the way to go. We will explain more.
Imagine yourself as a painter. Working with one color palette allows you to achieve an interesting monochromatic painting. Now imagine having an array of colors to work with. Your painting will have more life and get you closer to a Van Gogh.
It is the same in mixing and mastering with compressor plugins. Multiple compression allows you to polish each frequency band on its own without affecting the others. In case you make a mess on one frequency band, you do not end up ruining the entire mix.
- Multiband compression allows you to work with specific frequency ranges
- Changes you make only affect one frequency band and not the entire channel
How are multi-band compressors used?
There are two ways to work with multiband compressors;
- You can use them as is to control the dynamic range of a mix
- You can also use them as EQs to weed out bad frequencies
5 Best Multiband Compressors for 2020
Waves C6 Multiband Compression Plugin
Waves C6 is a favorite among audio engineers that work with live sound. With a detailed and vibrant interface, this multiband compressor plugin will handle everything from live shows to studio-recorded sounds.
This compressor plugin is an improvement from the previous and equally loved Waves C4. Spotting the same chassis, Waves C6 adds two more floating bands to the existing four crossover bands. Each band has internal and external side chains as well as listening modes.
Whether you are mixing at home or setting up a professional recording studio in Miami, this multiband compressor plugin will change your game. With in-built compression, expansion, and Dynamic EQ features, everything is at your disposal to come up with a release ready mix.
One thing that makes this multi compressor plugin stand out is its flexibility. Fab Filter Pro-Mb compressor plugin comes with 6 unique processing bands. Each band can be moved around the audio spectrum to edit specific frequencies.
This happens to be a do-it-all compressor plugin as well. Whether you are writing a song in a recording studio Miami or mixing and mastering audio in post-production, this plugin has all the features you need.
As you work with crossover, you do not have to split your spectrum. Create new bands within the same frequency range and continue cleaning up your mix. Another cool feature is the ability to snap bands together. This allows you to edit crossovers in the traditional style.
Fab Filter Pro-Mb multi-compressor plugin has a plethora of controls for customizing your bands. Its multiband display is easy to use for both novice and experienced audio engineers.
Precision Multiband UAD Compression Plugin
Its interface looks like something pulled out of a Boeing 777 cockpit. This is a go-to multiband compression plugin by Grammy award-winning mix and mastering engineers. A lot of Music studios in Miami and beyond swear by this compressor as well.
Precision UAD multiband compressor features 5 spectral bands for varying dynamic range. Each of these 5 bands offers additional features for gate modes, compression, and expansion. Also, this multiband compressor comes with two filter-bank modes for varying tones.
Whether it’s adding a punch to your mix or altering multiple frequency bands on an entire mix, this compressor plugin will do it all.
Softube Drawmer 1971
This plugin is a true blast from the past. It is perfect for those audio engineers wanting a retro feel on their DAW. Softube Drawmer 1971 borrows heavily from its predecessor the Drawmer ‘73. It features an analog interface with a 3 band functionality.
Each band comes with convenient controls for your attacks, releases, gains, and setting thresholds. If you are working with heavy mixes that need that extra oomph, the Softube Drawmer 1971 does it for you.
Back in the day, the Drawmer ‘73 carried advanced features that were lacking in conventional compressors at the time. Drawmer still sets the bar high to date. With a chic analog interface, this multiband compression plugin provides flexibility and quality in anything you throw at it.
Blue Cat Dynamix (MB-5)
Another brilliant multiband compressor plugin that allows you to tweak its features. Blue Cat Dynamix MB-5 has 5 compression bands as per industry standards. You can set the ratio and threshold on each band as well as vary its depth controls.
Blue Cat Dynamic is ideal for the audio engineer looking for versatility in compressor plugins. Besides it being a brilliant multiband compressor plugin, mix and master engineers can use it as an expander, limiter, wave-shaper, and gate. Alternatively, all these features can be combined as one for your mixing convenience.
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