Compressors are everywhere. And if you are anything like me, then you tend to use all sorts of different ones in the search for the right amount of punch or squash to something. So, you’re probably thinking that you have a lot of compression tools and there’s very little out there that’s going to give you a fresh approach. BeatSkillz would beg to differ. Their recently released compressor plug-in, Bounce, claims to offer something new and different. It does this, BeatSkillz say, by allowing you to control the range over which the compression acts. So rather than acting on the entire bandwidth or splitting it up into multiple bands, Bounce lets you select a frequency range using a fully featured detection circuit. This is then fed back into the compressor to create the desired shaping. BeatSkillz claim that it has a mighty analogue sound, capable of creating many different shapes and colours, from transparent subtlety to full on thrusting and punching. And the best thing is that you can download a free trial right now and hear for yourself if it does anything for your mixes.
The beautifully rendered GUI gives full and familiar control over all the parameters. On the left side you have the Compressor section with attack, release and threshold knobs, hard and soft knee options, and a nice big ratio knob. On the right side is the Detection Section with range, range Q and feedback controls. You also have additional compression controls for Peak/RMS, Input, Makeup and Dry/Wet balance. In the middle you have some rather lovely metering on input and output with gain reduction in the centre.
Bounce is available for OSX and Windows in VST, AU and AAX formats, for an introductory price of 79 USD.
More information: http://www.beatskillz.com/bounce/