Sonible’s smart:comp plugin chooses your compression settings so you don’t have to

Intelligent mixing plugins that do more of the heavy lifting for you are likely to play a big part in music technology’s future, but as products such as Sonible’s smart:comp demonstrate, that future is already here.

The latest in its smart range of processors, this is a spectro dynamic compressor that can set itself automatically. Its spectral compression algorithm continuously analyses the input signal across more than 2000 bands, promising to serve as an intelligent, ultra-high-resolution multiband compressor that dynamically smoothes out tonal imbalances.

Despite the complex calculations going on under the hood, smart:comp is designed to look and operate like a standard single-band compressor, with familiar controls on the interface for when you need to take manual control. There’s also frequency-dependent ducking in sidechain model; when smart:comp detects spectral clashes it dynamically ducks affected frequency regions of the input signal to avoid clashes.

You can buy smart:comp now for PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats, and there’s also a 30-day demo version. The regular price is €129, but it’s currently available for €89.

Find out more on the Sonible website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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