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Waves - PIE Compressor - Compressor Plug-In (Native)
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The PIE Compressor from Waves was precision-modeled on a vintage Pye compressor similar to the ones used at London's acclaimed Olympic Studios. A mainstay of many esteemed British studios throughout the classic rock era, the original Pye processors are considered by many to be among the best buss compressors of all time.

Developed in association with producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, the plug-in features a meticulously modeled VU meter with superfast refresh rates that recreates the accuracy, sensitivity, and ballistic behavior of a physical analog meter.

Note: Requires an iLok if one is not present on the system.

Compressor plug-in modeled after the famed British 60s bus compressor
Analog noise and hum added for realism
Compression and limiting modes
Auto-makeup gain
Up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
Mono and stereo components
  • Threshold - sets the gain reference point beyond which compression begins
  • Ratio - controls the amount of gain reduction for signal above the threshold
  • Decay Time (Release Time) - sets the recovery speed of the gain attenuation when the input drops below the threshold
  • Output - sets the output level
  • Meter Select - toggles between Input, Output, and Gain Reduction metering
  • Analog - controls analog characteristics caused by noise floor and hum, based on the power supplies of the original units
  • VU Meter - displays input or output level in dBVU
  • Clip LED - lights up when levels exceed 0dBFS
  • VU Calibrate - controls the VU meter headroom calibration
System Requirements
Mac G5 Dual 2GHz or Intel Dual Core 1.83GHz
OS X 10.4.11 to 10.6.2 (or 10.5.x for PPC)
1024 x 768 32-bit minimum display resolution
Host application that supports RTAS, AudioSuite, Audio Units and VST plug-in formats
PC Pentium IV 2.8GHz/AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
Windows XP 32-bit SP2 and SP3, Vista Business or Ultimate32-bit, Windows 7 32-bit
1GB RAM (XP), 2GB RAM Vista/7
1024 x 768 32-bit minimum display resolution
Host application that supports RTAS, AudioSuite and VST