It’s amazing how many different spins have been put on the plugin compressor. We’ve had emulations of hardware models, new forward-thinking designs and one-knob processors, and now comes AOM’s Nu Compressor.
The USP here is the ability to choose from 52 compressor programs. Divided up into categories - Clear & Smooth, Drive & Saturation, Snare, Vocals, Instruments, Kick, Bass, Special, Bus and Unplugged - these are laid out on a collapsible panel to the right.
Each of these programs is said to feature a set of more than 90 hidden parameters, though you do have access to standard compressor controls (Input, Output, Threshold etc) to the right. There’s a sidechain input, too.
There’s plenty here to get your teeth into, then - which, when you consider that AOM Compressor costs $300, is a good job, really. It’s available for PC and Mac in VST2/3, AU and AAX native formats (64-bit), and you can find out more on the AOM website.