VoosteQ Material Comp: compressor plug-in with saturation and mix glue
VoosteQ has released the Material Comp compressor plug-in. Material Comp simulates six different kinds of analogue compressors using a unique modeling technology. The plug-in also offers preamp saturation, a graphical analyzer and four kinds of “glue” for your mix.
VoosteQ Material Comp
Material Comp is the first plug-in which VoosteQ releases under its own name. The Japan-based developer claims that its “DFP (division of force processing)” technology reproduces the nuances of analogue circuits with a low CPU load. The plug-in uses internal 64-bit processing and supports sample rates of up to 192 kHz.
Material Comp features six compressor models: Modern, 60s FET, Luxe VCA, Studio Master, Opto and Tube. Besides the typical threshold, ratio, attack and release controls, the compressor section has an adjustable knee and lets you select peak or RMS detection modes, or anything in between. It also offers a sidechain filter and a mix knob for parallel compression. The graphical analyzer seems very detailed and provides a visual representation of the levels and gain reduction over time.
Saturation and mix glue
In addition to the compressor, Material Comp includes six preamp models for saturation. This section has its own mix control, so you can dial in the desired amount of saturation. Furthermore, the plug-in offers eight analog flavors, which are models of analogue circuits, according to VoosteQ. The special section has three additional knobs for punch (attack transients), groove and imager (for stereo widening).
Finally, Material Comp features four kinds of glue for blending the mix together. VoosteQ doesn’t reveal how this “magic glue” works, but they say that it’s especially effective on acoustic guitar, vocals and the mix bus. The four glue modes are Studio Console, Aggressive Pumping, Pop Tune and Deep Bass. I don’t know what to think of this right now, but it’ll be interesting to find out how well the glue sticks in real life. There are no audio demos yet, and the promo video has no sound (what’s that all about?), so we’ll have to wait and see.
Price and compatibility
VoosteQ Material Comp is available for Windows 10 or higher (64 bit only) and macOS 10.12 or higher. The plug-in comes in VST, VST3, AU and AAX versions. Material Comp is on sale until February 22, 2020 for USD 89. After that, the price will increase to USD 149.