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C4 Multiband Compressor

4-band multiband dynamics and equalization
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Optimize Your Tracks with Detailed Multiband Dynamics


The C4 blends an optimum combination of compression, expansion, limiting, dynamic EQ, and standard EQ to edit both dynamics and EQ with ease and accuracy. Whether you need to fix flaws, add intensity, or create character, this multi-purpose, time-tested tool is the answer.

Unlike multiband dynamics processors with rigidly defined capabilities, the C4 is a sonic chameleon that adapts its processing and functionality to your needs, and your tracks.

  • Apply any type of dynamics to each of the four bands
  • Bypass dynamics, and you have a four-band focusing equalizer
  • Mix and match dynamics control on different frequency bands
  • Choice of release characteristics, or Auto-Release Control
  • Control individual bands or all bands (master controls)
  • Unique Range control locks gain control action to limits you set
Watch It in Action

Double Down on Your Sound by Editing Dynamics and EQ

  • De-Construct Mixed Drums

    Take control over individual elements in drum loops and drum buses—limit the kick, tighten the toms with expansion, compress the highs, energize the snare with upward expansion—all while also EQing the drums.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Easy Editing of Your Dynamics

    The C4’s Range parameter is a Waves exclusive. It defines the maximum amount of gain change (positive or negative), while Threshold sets where you want the gain change to start. Editing dynamics processors was never so easy.

  • Exceptional Equalization

    The C4 is also a four-band equalizer with variable band frequencies and crossover slopes. The bands can be wide or narrow, and steep or gentle—and you can also add dynamics processing to any or all of them.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Choose Your Release

    Choose the vintage-style, smooth release like optical compressors, or a release that accelerates as the audio decays for a quicker response. Or make it easy on yourself, and dial in the Auto-Release setting.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Artist Presets to Speed Your Workflow

    Multiband processors have a reputation of taking time to edit, but with over 50 presets from pros like Dave Pensado, Ross Hogarth, Dave Aron, and Scott Gershin, the right sound is only a couple clicks away.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material