I am looking for the following types of vst plugins (that should be available on Mac):
1. A compressor just like Renoise’s nice bus compressor with a flexible knee parameter (not just soft/hard). So a compressor with quite a “simple” amount of parameters, only with the following features more:
Mix amount: This is a neat trick toachieve a preservation of transients. Commonly it’s called “parallel compression”. Really, never believed this until I tried myself. Set up the compressor with really strong compression and then mix it 50:50 (or something) with the uncompressed signal. The result will be a good compression + natural transients
R3 bus compressor sounds very fine. Didn’t find anything such good so far. Only with 0db knee and 0ms attack, it starts to crackle. The plugin I am looking for should do not crackle in any situation
So far I tried a lot of the common modern vst devs: Fabfilter (failed for me, no knee control, attack values do not reach 0ms, that’s why kind of “brutal” sound). Voxengo - no compressor has knee control actually. A lot of older plugins which seem to be better than the new, common ones. Waves compressors, no one has actually flexible knee.
Of course some “side chain” / signal pre filter like in the signal follower would be a good thing, too.
2. A spectral eq. Where I can setup an eq curve on FFT bands. Cool would be a control to shift this curve, like “harmonic transpose” or something. I remember there were some very old plugins on windows that were capable of this. But do not remember. Didn’t find anything. Only in protoplug there is one fft eq that works and is also performant. But no controls, and it’s kind of slow if you change the curve (starts to crackle).
Very old plugins (from 2006 upwards) are fine as long as they are OSX intel compatible. Old is not always poorer. There is too much voodoo going on recent fxtheory for my taste.