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The modern and transparent mastering Compressor/Limiter
The name Weiss is synonymous with quality in mastering, and a truly exceptional compressor/limiter is essential to any serious mastering engineer. The Weiss DS1-MK3 is the gold-standard for the world’s greatest mastering gurus, and for the Weiss Compressor/Limiter, we draw on its essence (and code-base) to bring a totally focused modern answer to the question ‘how should I deal with dynamics on my mix bus?’
Available as a standalone plug-in, or as part of the Weiss DS1-MK3 collection (also including the class-leading Weiss Deess de-esser, and the fast and intelligent Weiss MM-1 Mastering Maximizer) the Weiss Compressor/Limiter aims squarely at the body of your sound, and offers the perfect set of features for this most crucial of tasks.
The Weiss Compressor/Limiter contains the same digital compression and limiting algorithms as our top-of-the-line Weiss DS1-MK3 plug-in, so you get the very same sound-quality.
The new hi-res visuals, including waveform view and FFT readouts, mean you can see your work, and the effect you're having, with greater clarity than ever before.
We put all the most vital controls at your fingertips in an all-new interface, but allow access to the epic detail of the Weiss processing in an 'expert' side-menu. Work faster and with fewer distractions.
"After spending a little time getting used to the simplified interface, I started to see that the new Weiss Compressor/Limiter plugin not only sounds excellent & transparent like its big brother, but allows me to dial up the sounds I'm looking for even quicker!"Mastering Engineer for Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Lana Del Ray
Weiss: The last word in mastering
Like our other Weiss plug-ins, the Compressor/Limiter is based on the gold-standard of mastering dynamics processors, the Weiss DS1-MK3.
Loved and needed in equal measure by top mastering engineers around the globe, the DS1 was first introduced in hardware in the early 1990s, and has continued to command pride of place in the best mastering facilities there are. Due to its enormous desirability the hardware will set you back around $10,000. So to distill its awesome-sounding essence in this suite of plug-ins for a fraction of the cost felt like a very Softube mission indeed.
Make or break
The mastering stage is the last chance to make or break a track, so getting it right can be the difference between a battle won or lost. That’s why the startling transparency and effectiveness of the Weiss digital compression algorithms, and its unrivalled versatility in terms of detailed control over attack and release times, knee settings, ratio, threshold, filters (low pass and band pass), and other crucial factors, are a must-have.
The Weiss Compressor/Limiter, for all its unassuming charm and apparent simplicity, is a beast, both in terms of sheer sound quality, and flexibility.
Little louder? Still good.
And being able to push a track to the appropriate degree of loudness without unpleasant artifacts from the limiter is rightfully expected of any modern mastering engineer. That’s when the quality of your tools really matters; the Weiss is the only product that allows you to achieve such a clean, sweet, and dynamic sound at high levels. And with two brand-new advanced limiter algorithms on top of the Weiss original (including the Type 2 true peak limiter), you have more top-of-the-line options with Weiss than ever before.
Great on individual tracks too
Of course, this being a plug-in, you can run as many instances of it as you like, so there’s nothing to stop you using its uniquely clear and precise character on individual instrument tracks. Take a bass guitar, for example, through the Compressor/Limiter with a low-pass filter applied, to compress only the lowest frequencies and fatten out the body of the instrument. Or use the Compressor/Limiter on a vocal in conjunction with the Deess, for perfectly tailored dynamics processing across the frequency range, and no compromise.
Whatever you do with it, the Compressor/Limiter’s unbeatable sound-quality makes it a joy to use, and ultimately leads to better-than-ever finished sounds, so buy it today.
"The Weiss compressor and maximizer sounds absolutely stunning! I already used in a few projects, I just want to let you know that I'm very impressed."Grammy Nominated Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Music Producer & Educator
- A modern and transparent digital compressor and limiter, with code-ported algorithms from the industry standard DS1-MK3.
- Total control, without an over-complicated interface. The ‘expert’ tools are all in a hidden side-menu.
- Stunning and intuitive visualisations for detailed control, and an intuitive experience.
- Clean tweak-and-go faceplate, with immensely detailed controls hidden in side-menu.
- Ultra-professional tool, but without the daunting, complex look.
- Compress selectively, with low pass and band pass filters.
- Two brand-new advanced limiter algorithms in addition to the Weiss original.
- Available as a single plug-in, or as part of the Weiss DS1-MK3 collection.
Have a listen
- Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested).
- Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10.
- Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
- Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
- 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space. Specific information available on each instrument's page).
- Softube account.
- iLok account.
- Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
- iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
- In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.
Please Note: Softube plug-ins support 64-bit hosts only, and a 64-bit OS is required. Therefore, for example, Pro Tools 10.x is no longer supported (contact support for latest 32-bit compatible instalers).
Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.
AAX DSP is not in active development, but older products still support AAX DSP. For legacy TDM/VENUE, please see the Legacy Installers page.