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by R. Garcia (10/18/2014):

Sounds very very good coupled with a the CLA67 waves version of compressor. But besides the cou ... Read more

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Overview
elysia• mpressor Plug-In.
The compressor from the future.

The elysia• mpressor plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces redefines what a compressor can be. With unique features like gain reduction limiting, anti-log curves, and negative ratios, the mpressor is much more than just another compressor.

It’s a creative tool that offers punchy sounds with beautiful coloration, as well as more extreme processing options. Developed by Brainworx, the mpressor plug-in is an exacting emulation of the high-end, Class-A hardware.


Now You Can:
  • Apply extreme compression effects without degrading the original sound
  • Use the Auto Fast function for fast, distortion-free compression without any artifacts
  • Harness the Niveau Filter to change the character of a track from subtle to striking with continuous frequency shift
  • Punch up flat or dull drum tracks


Clean — to the Extreme
Many compressors sound good only when used sparingly. But the mpressor's M.O. is maintaining the character of the original audio — even with extreme settings. It can add targeted punch and cohesion to a drum bus, bass, or mix bus. It can also completely transform and bend signals by effecting the envelope with the powerfully unique Anti Log release curve. And with its true “feed forward” design, the mpressor’s Ratio control allows negative ratios — excellent for over-the-top compression effects such as heavy pumping and trippy backward sounds.
Flexible Filter Tweaks
The mpressor features an easy to use, flexible Niveau Filter. Its main function is to change the proportions between high and low frequencies. Dependent on the gain setting around a variable center frequency, the high frequencies are boosted whereas the low frequencies are attenuated or vice-versa.
Tame Transients with Auto Fast
The Auto Fast function allows you to grab loud and short signal peaks while preserving the rest of the signal. This can make instruments “pop” more, as well as make them more consistent.
Retain Dynamics — No Matter What
The mpressor’s Gain Reduction Limiter is a novel feature that lets you choose the maximum amount of gain reduction you want to allow, with a simple twist of a knob. Now, loud parts in an arrangement can retain their dynamics, and you can also dial-in cool effects like ducking or upward compression.

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FAQ
elysia• mpressor Plug-In.
Basics and FAQ.
What makes the elysia• mpressor different from other compressors?

The mpressor can deliver the most extreme compression without degrading the original signal. Transparency and punch will always prevail, both in everyday compression jobs and when really cranking things. The mpressor has some special features like negative ratios, auto fast attack, anti-log release, and a gain reduction limiter. These powerful controls make the mpressor more of a creative tool, rather than just a way to control dynamics.

What are some of the unique characteristics of the elysia mpressor that have been emulated?

The mpressor includes functions you want find on any other dynamics tool: Anti Log release, which begins slowly during the initial release time and then accelerates; the Gain Reduction Limiter, which sets the maximum amount of gain reduction allowed regardless of threshold; negative ratio settings which invert the compression effect; and the Niveau Filter, which provides a simple but flexible tone control. These functions make the mpressor a unique creative tool set apart from all other dynamics processors, and are all faithfully modeled in the mpressor plug-in.

What is Auto Fast and what does it do?

Auto Fast, when engaged, reduces the attack time of the mpressor for signals with fast or loud transients automatically. This can be a real life-saver when you want to grab the transient attack of a signal without affecting the tail of the signal too strongly or resulting in audible distortion.

What is Anti Log and what does it do?

If you are aiming at intentionally obvious and creative compression, it definitely makes sense to turn things upside down and use an anti-logarithmic release curve instead of more unobtrusive logarithmic or linear curves. In Anti Log mode, the release time will be longer at the beginning, and once the input signal starts to decline, the release time will become faster as a result. With this feature you can create many exceptional compression effects just by the push of a button.

What are negative ratios and how do they affect the signal?

In a typical compressor, the ratio is the amount the signal is reduced above the threshold. For example, with a ratio of 2.0, if an input signal is 4 dB above the threshold it will only be 2 dB louder than the threshold. With a negative ratio of -2.0 that same input signal would be roughly 8 dB quieter than the threshold point. As you can imagine, this can produce some very interesting compression effects.

How does the Niveau Filter work?

Its main function is to change the proportions between high and low frequencies. The principle is quite similar to a pair of scales: Dependent on the gain setting around a variable center frequency, the high frequencies are boosted whereas the low frequencies are attenuated (or vice versa). By simultaneously boosting and cutting the selected frequency areas, it is much easier to influence the character of a track ('bright' vs. 'dark') compared to using other types of equalizers.

How is the Gain Reduction Limiter used?

This special limiter is not placed in the audio path where you would usually find it, but in the control path of the compressor. When it is activated, it limits the control voltage according to the setting of the GR Limit controller. This means: No matter how high the input level might become – the amount of gain reduction will never exceed the value which you have set. Loud parts in an arrangement can keep their dynamics, as they will not be compressed beyond the limit of the Gain Reduction Limiter.

What are some of the best or common ways to use the elysia mpressor to get great sounds? Can you give me some tips on how to become familiar with it?
  • The mpressor is loved for its effectiveness on drums and other rhythmic sources. Whether on a drum buss, an individual kick or snare, or a synth or keyboard part, the mpressor can transparently control dynamics, add some punch or totally transform the track with extreme effects.
  • Once you start playing with the time parameters attack and release, you will notice how the mpressor can be used to adjust the ambience of a signal, eg. dry sounding drums can be made to sound big and roomier with a large degree of control.
  • Be aware that the parameters of the mpressor have a bigger range than most conventional compressors. This means that it can be very extreme in many regards: It can be super fast, but also very slow, it can bend the envelope of your signal with extreme ratios, and its Niveau Filter also offers a huge range from bright to dark. It is recommended that you start by using more modest settings before venturing into the more extreme.
  • Familiarize yourself with the gain reduction limiter which is a unique function that does not work like any conventional limiter. When used accordingly, it is a very useful tool that is hardly ever offered on other compressors, and it can help you a great deal in applying lots of compression without sounding like it, or creating more unique and crazy sounds if that's what you're after.
  • Do not forget that the mpressor ads more harmonic distortion when more make-up gain is applied. You can use this for intentionally coloring your signals after the compression process.
  • If you are into electronic music, sound processing or any type of sample creation, go ahead and use all of the mpressor's special functions to the max! You will find that it is much more than just another compressor. The mpressor is the ultimate signal bending machine!
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    Exquisite!!!
    by R. Garcia (Saturday 18 October, 2014)

    Sounds very very good coupled with a the CLA67 waves version of compressor. But besides the coupling.. It sounds musical. And keeps it firm and solid. Sounds really good. I dont normally purchase Plugs. But this MPRESSOR .. MPRESSED ME! BUY IT! … Read More

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    Killer for Drums
    by P. Moshay (Wednesday 17 September, 2014)

    This is my new go to for Drums.... this is NOT a one trick pony, I'm way impressed, i'd never used the hardware unit, but now i know why people rave about it. … Read More

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Features & Specs
elysia• mpressor Plug-In.
Features & Specs.
Key Features
  • 100% Discrete Class-A Sound: Faithful recreation of the elysia• mpressor's all discrete circuitry and special character, authenticated by elysia• GmbH
  • Powerful Creative Compression: An outstanding universal compressor as well as an inspiring dynamic effects machine that produces fat and freaky sounds with maximum punch, beautiful colorations, and extreme processing options.
  • Auto Fast: The compressor can be very fast, but only when it is really needed. Auto Fast shortens the attack time automatically on fast and loud signal impulses.
  • Anti Log: If intentionally striking and creative compression is the goal, it definitely makes sense to turn things upside down. Anti Log provides an alternative characteristic of the release curve following an anti-logarithmic course. With Anti Log you can create many exceptional compression effects just by the push of a button.
  • Negative Ratios: The characteristic curve bends and goes back down! Heavy pumping, backward sounds, etc. Perfect for cool compression effects.
  • Niveau Audio Filter: Easy to use, yet very flexible, the Niveau Filter's main function is to change the proportions between high and low frequencies. By simultaneously boosting and cutting the selected frequency areas, it is easy to influence the character of a track ("bright" vs. "dark").
  • Gain Reduction Limiter: A specialty of the mpressor. This limiter is not placed in the audio path where you would usually find it, but in the control path of the compressor. Choose the maximum amount of gain reduction you want to allow at the twist of a knob.
  • Mousewheel Support: The controllers of the mpressor can be moved with the mouse wheel.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

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Parameter Specifications

mpressor Front Panel

  • Noise Floor: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Channel Link: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Active: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Threshold: continuous, 16 dB – -18 dB
  • Attack: continuous, 0 ms – 150 ms
  • Attack Auto Fast: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Release: continuous, 5 ms – 1200 ms
  • Anti Log: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Ratio: continuous, 1.2 – oo – -4
  • EQ Gain: continuous, 6 dB Lo – 0 dB – 6 dB Hi
  • EQ On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • EQ Frequency: continuous, 26 Hz – 2200 Hz
  • EQ Frequency x10: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Gain Reduction Limit: continuous, 21 dB – 0 dB
  • Gain Reduction Limit On: discrete 2 step, On/Off
  • Gain: continuous, 0 dB – 20 dB
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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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