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Linear Phase Multiband Compressor

Compress your masters without phasing or coloration
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Must-Have Dynamics for Mastering:No Phase Smearing or Coloration


You’ve spent countless hours crafting the perfect mix, and it’s time for multiband compression to add that final touch. Conventional multiband dynamics processors can’t avoid adding some coloration, but this artfully engineered, linear-phase design is always true to your sound.

Linear-phase, multiband compression is immune to smearing from phase issues, and processes transients with more focus and clarity—it’s the preferred processor for precision mastering.

  • 5 independent, fully parametric bands
  • Linear-phase crossovers prevent phase-based coloration
  • “De-masking” clarifies each band’s sound compared to other bands
  • Ideal for mastering, due to its faithful audio treatment
  • Attack and release for each band track dynamics optimally
  • Also does upward expansion and “focusing”-type EQ
  • Eliminates intermodulation among bands
  • Extras include automatic makeup gain, and adaptive threshold
Watch It in Action

The Dynamics Processor that Prioritizes Perfection

  • Multiband Compression and Expansion

    This isn’t just a compressor, but a dynamics processor—and more. Compress in one band, expand in another band, or don’t apply dynamics processing at all—treat some bands like linear-phase EQs.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Attack that Release

    De-ess high frequencies with fast attacks, set long releases on low frequencies, choose the ideal balance for midrange dynamics—independent attack and release controls for each band make this possible.

  • Free-Range Dynamics

    The Range parameter is like a ratio control with guardrails. Set the maximum amount you want compression to compress, or expansion to expand. It’s a faster, easier, and more efficient way to dial in your ideal dynamics control.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Adapts Well to Change

    The adaptive threshold can add a slight lift to bands that are being masked. This is why so many users feel the Linear Phase Multiband Compressor improves sound beyond expectations, even with light compression.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Let’s Apply Some Makeup

    Auto Makeup helps maintain general level stability by working with individual bands instead of overall level, and taking into account threshold, range, and knee. The result is more accurate A/B comparisons.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Auto-Release for Better Sound

    Forget about grainy distortion with too-short release times, or pumping with an overly long release—Auto Release Control knows the difference. Set release to an approximate value, and let Waves’ ARC do the rest.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers
  • Convenient Customization

    Choose from two types of release characters—the smooth opto release, or the tighter electro mode. You can even specify a hard- or soft-knee compression curve, and whether to dither the 48-bit processing to 24 bits.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material