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Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor

Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor  ·  Source: Harrison Consoles / Gearnews


Harrison Consoles has released the AVA Spectral Compressor. The plug-in allows you to apply compression selectively across 18 frequency bands. The company says that it’s particularly useful for film and post production, but also for music mixing and mastering.


Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor

The AVA Spectral Compressor features 18 bands of compression, which are controlled by six sliders. This means that each slider affects three bands. The bands can be spread out across the entire frequency range, or focused on narrower sections of the frequency spectrum, such as the high, high mid, mid, low mid or low range. This gives you very precise control over the compression in a narrow range, if needed.

To keep you in the know about what’s going on, the Spectral Compressor has a gain reduction graph, which lets you compare the level of the compressed signal to the input signal across the spectrum. There’s also a master threshold control, variable knee control and an output trim. Furthermore, the plug-in offers a momentary bypass button for quick A/B comparisons.


The Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor comes with two visual themes: one modern theme (black) and one “vintage” theme inspired by the look of Harrison’s large-format console software. The compressor rounds out the company’s AVA line of plug-ins, which also includes the AVA Mastering EQ, De-esser, LegacyQ and Multiband Compressor.

Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor

Vintage theme

Price and compatibility

The Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor is available for Windows 7 and up (VST, VST3, AAX) and macOS 10.6 or newer (10.10 recommended – AU, AAX, VST, VST3). Coming from Harrison, it’s also one of the few plug-ins by a major developer that’s available for Linux (VST format).

The plug-in is now available from Harrison’s website for USD 89. You can download a free demo, which also all other plug-ins from the AVA series.

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Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor

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One response to “Harrison AVA Spectral Compressor: 18 bands of compression”

    Norbert says:

    Nope… There are 18 bands available, but can only use 6 at a time.

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