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Pulsar Audio Smasher Compressor Plug-In (Download)

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Pulsar Audio Smasher Compressor Plug-In (Download)
Key Features
  • Emulates Urei 1176 in British Mode
  • Aggressive, Raw, and Gritty Compression
  • Mix Knob for Parallel Compression
  • Linked Sidechain for Stable Stereo Image
When transparent dynamics processing leaves your drums and bass lacking character and grit, turn to the Pulsar Audio Smasher compressor plug-in. This precise digital emulation gives music producers and mix engineers the color and crush of a classic Urei 1176 studio limiting amplifier in British mode (all buttons in), perfect for vibe-heavy rhythm sections akin to The Black Keys and Vulfpeck.
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Pulsar Audio SMASHER Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Classic and Special
  • 3Topology Preservation Technology
  • 4Parallel Compression
  • 5Low CPU Consumption
  • 6Linked Sidechain

When transparent dynamics processing leaves your drums and bass lacking character and grit, turn to the Pulsar Audio Smasher compressor plug-in. This precise digital emulation gives music producers and mix engineers the color and crush of a classic Urei 1176 studio limiting amplifier in British mode (all buttons in), perfect for vibe-heavy rhythm sections akin to The Black Keys and Vulfpeck.

With nothing more than input and output knobs, a mix control for parallel compression, bypass, and an analog-style VU meter, Smasher's simple interface gets you interesting results in a hurry. Low CPU consumption and compatibility with AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3 formats makes Smasher a stellar addition to most macOS and Windows DAWs.

Classic and Special
Based on an internal feedback configuration, FET compressor designs like the Urei 1176 are known for their super-quick attack times and a colorful tonal response that ranges from soft limiting to heavy saturation.

When running in all-buttons-in mode, several things happen to the 1176's circuit including changes to the bias voltages. In Smasher, all these phenomena have been accurately reproduced using Pulsar's proprietary Topology Preservation Technology, bringing the full sonic capability of this classic effect to your DAW.

Topology Preservation Technology
Pulsar's proprietary modeling technology allows an ideal emulation of the original 1176's behavior. From the saturation of the magnetic flux in the inductors, to the precise response of the transistors and the tiny calibration effects, everything is accurately reproduced.

Parallel Compression
Smasher's mix knob lets you blend in the original unprocessed signal. This means that you can really squash the transients with extreme compression, then bring back just a hint of the processed signal to add sustain to a sound without compromising its dynamic qualities.
Low CPU Consumption
Pulsar spent ages optimizing Smasher to consume as few system resources as possible while keeping the same complex sonic results. Smasher takes full advantage of modern CPUs to do more with less, but also allows oversampling at rates up to 384 kHz.
Linked Sidechain
On a stereo bus, channels are usually compressed independently to get smoother control of dynamics. However, when you're compressing audio more brutally, it's essential to keep the stereo image stable. That's why Smasher uses a single detector to process a stereo track.

Pulsar Audio SMASHER Specs

General
Delivery MethodDownload
License TypeStandard
Supported Plug-In FormatsAAX (Native), AU, VST2, VST3
Standalone OperationNo
Supported Sample RatesUp to 384 kHz
Number of Devices Supported2
System Requirements
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.10 to 10.15
Windows 7 to 10
*As of October, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Memory RequirementWindows, Mac:
4 GB
Storage RequirementWindows, Mac:
1 GB
CPU RequirementMac:
Intel Core i3 and Faster or 
Intel Core i5 and Faster or 
Intel Core i7 and Faster or 
Intel Xeon and Faster  
Windows:
Intel Core i3 and Faster or 
Intel Core i5 and Faster or 
Intel Core i7 and Faster or 
Intel Core i9 and Faster or 
Intel Xeon and Faster or 
AMD Quad-Core  
Supported USB Authentication DevicesiLok
Display Resolution RequirementWindows, Mac: 1024 x 768 (1920 x 1080 Recommended)
Internet Connection RequiredYes
OpenGL Graphics Requirement2

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