The traditional way to build a multi-band compressor is to split the signal into the required number of bands using cross-over filters, then run each band-­ through a separate compressor before mixing them back together again.

This approach tends to cause phase problems around the cross-over frequencies, requiring sophisticated filter designs to minimize these effects.

5ORCERY takes a different approach: the signal is still split into five separate bands using cross-over filters, and these feed the side-chains of five separate compressors. But the filtered signals are not mixed back together again: instead the gain modulation signals from all five compressors are matrixed into modulation signals for 4 dynamic shelving filters plus a gain stage.

To put it another way: while this plug-in behaves like a multi-band compressor, and allows you to solve many of the same problems, it is in actual fact a constantly changing 4-band equaliser, and when it isn’t doing anything, it really isn’t doing anything!

Developer : platinumears

Download : 5ORCERY

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