This piece of kit is like a new ice cream you find and you think to yourself, "WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN AVAILABLE BEFORE, I LOVE THE TASTE!" The presets are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious..I am an engineer and a producer yes but in the 80s I worked as a bouncer at a place called the Manzil Room in Sydney Australia's Kings Cross district. It was 'the' music industry hang out. I met quite a few alpha characters there...Including Dolf Lungren from Rocky 4, who was a local bouncer, and dozens of rock gods. When you use the word Alpha you better live up to the name..Let me say that again… For effect...If you use the word alpha in the name of something it better live up to it in someway! Well.....after using this "alpha compressor" in a couple of dozen tracks, this gadget, this tool, this music utility or dynamics processor actually does that quite easily. CREATIVE is the word I would give it from my own experience so far, I've used it more on creative applications than anything else because it's such a good compressor full stop. I'm 58 years of age and I've spent quite a bit of money on gadgets in the past, things that produce a product always cost a bit more (or quite a bit more) than other things that are sold with the suggestion that they also do the job. My own life experience has sold me on "you get what you pay for" So at my age now my lower jaw often hangs down as I try to take in the juxtaposition of the quality I'm hearing coming out of something I've just paid well under $500 for? This compressor is of a new breed without a doubt! I watched your promotional videos Brainworx and I had the same reaction as I did from the word alpha when I first saw it in the product title. When I downloaded the 14 day trial and used it extensively on tracks of all kinds, rock, hard rock, dance, ambient, pop, funk and classical The word creative is absolutely the correct word! My goal is to now purchase other Elysia products simply because using the alpha compressor proved to me that it wasn't all just hype but real world on the ground mastery of musical moves, solutions to sonic stagnancy, fixes of frequency frenetics. Brain worx thanks for the price, thank you very much!
Real Master channel compressor
by Alex Hepting
my goto for master i like the parallel compression, the color and stereo image gain increase the alpha can produce. rarely use it on single channel but it isn't wrong and worth it to tame high peaks because faster changes are desired but also tiring.
by One Hand Clap
This plugin is really a step forward in precise and thoughtful compressor using for me. I both learn a lot, and achieve greater and more controlled sound by using it. It allows you to do very subtle changes, and by that you can form the dynamics of a song or an instrument very effectively. The most powerful features, besides the amazing mid-side processing, are the additional built in limiters and it's sidechain concept.
Elysia Alpha Compressor is one of the best soft compressor I've ever used; it's musical and forgiving. It's the alpha dog of my compressor arsenal, my go to compressor. It has a permanent position in my final mix chain (pre-mastering).
Elaysia Alpha Compressor
Truly stunning how you can push this to extremes and still the sound doesn't break up or sound to compressed, amazing bit of kit highly recommended!
by Dj Godoy
since the first time i did try Alpha compressor it has became my main tool in the master channel, this powerful tool offer all what i need. and gives to the sound a very good response in the dynamic field. its able te get a total control sound every moment its needed. one thing is sure, you must have it. I'm loving it. Thanks to Plugin Alliance, you are doing a good job
Where I think this compressor is really something else is in the way it brings a whole mix forward. Set the right way, it just has a wonderful tendency to bring out subtle details in the music like nothing else I've heard. Keep in mind this compressor gives you a metric ton of control so it IS possible to detrimentally affect your mix - so becareful and invest some time in learning what everything does. You also get 2 versions: Mix and Master. I'll deduct 1 star for the tiny GUI that can't be adjusted and the insane pricetag (wait for a sale).
Smooth and punchy glue
There really is something special about elysia and the alpha comp is no exception. For modern pop/dance music this compressor excels. It makes your mix smooth and punchy with hardly any gain reduction. I am amazed !
by Miguel Garcia
It is my 2-Bus Compressor . I have no words
Sounds amazing on the 2 bus for mixes and for mastering! Really adds that subtle glue that is needed to get that final cohesive sound out of a mix. Great compressor to add another colour to your collection.