Korneff Audio has released Pawn Shop Comp 2.0. The new version of the compressor plug-in comes with an updated GUI, expanded parameter ranges and even more tweakability. Swap tubes, transistors and other components to get the sound just right!
Korneff Audio Pawn Shop Comp 2.0
Korneff Audio was founded by producer and engineer Dan Korneff. Pawn Shop Comp came out last year and already impressed us with its tweakability. After applying the same concept to an emulation of the SSL Talkback Limiter, Korneff has now revisited the compressor and given it a big update. In addition to a redesigned and now scalable GUI, version 2.0 lets you dig even deeper into the compressor’s inner workings.
The developer claims that Pawn Shop Comp 2.0 is a very versatile compressor suitable for a wide range of tasks and signals. It’s based on a hybrid tube and FET circuit. The plug-in also includes a tube preamp and a two-band equalizer, so you could almost call it a channel strip of sorts.
The “front panel” has all the essential parameters of a compressor: threshold, ratio, attack, release, a button for auto make-up gain and a large VU meter. The fun begins when you open up the virtual box and dive into the inside. This is where the input/output level meters and controls for preamp gain, bias, wet/dry and operating level are located, along with the EQ. The equalizer bands are called “weight” and “focus” and now offer switchable frequencies (63/171 Hz and 1.6/2.4 kHz). According to the developer, all parameter ranges have been expanded for more sonic versatility.
Swap tubes, transformers and more
Like the first version, Pawn Shop Comp 2.0 takes tweaking to the next level by letting you swap components. The original plug-in let you choose from two types of resistors and FET transistors. In version 2.0, you can now also experiment with three different tubes for the preamp and three types of output transformers. That’s almost like building your own compressor, and the gorgeous GUI makes it even more fun.
Speaking of the GUI, it’s now larger and resizable, and the level meters have been repositioned.
Pawn Shop Comp 2.0 looks like a major update that adds many interesting features. And if you’d like to try it, good news: the update also adds a fully functional, 7-day demo version.
Price and compatibility
Pawn Shop Comp 2.0 is now available from the developer’s website. Until July 19, 2020, you can grab the plug-in for USD 59.99. After that, the price will be USD 99.99.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.14 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in VST3, AU and AAX formats (64 bit only).
Here’s a couple of clips about the original Pawn Shop Comp from last year: