Pawn Shop Comp 2.0
Gritty. Punchy. Smooth. Warm. All that. And more!
More than a compressor, the Pawn Shop Comp also has a fully adjustable tube preamp, a two band equalizer, and swappable components that give you unprecedented control of every parameter of the plugin.
You can use the Pawn Shop Comp on:
Get punch and snap out of individual drums or the entire drum bus. Built in low frequency eq centered at 63Hz, perfect for enhancing the chance of a kick drum. And you can dial in a bit of saturation to mimic the sound of classic FET limiters like the 1176.
Built for bass sounds. Dial in attack to punch the bass through the mix. Set release to control the sustain and resonance. Some low end equalization to enhance the bottom end, and add some tube style saturation for additional growl.
Killer on electric guitars. Precise control over note articulation and sustain. Adjust the midrange equalization for presence in the mix. Swap in ECC-83 tubes and get vintage amp overdrive and distortion... from a compressor!
The PSC is a vocal channel strip, with almost everything you need to get kick-ass vocals. Get smooth tube opto compression, or crush it for color and character. Swap out transformers for tighter or darker response. Add warmth with the preamp, or saturation and drive.
Add color, character and crunch lead lines, and warmth and harmonic structure to pads. The wide adjustability of the PSC makes it a natural for use with analog or sampled pianos.
Bus compression with the Pawn Shop Comp... yes, it can do this, too. Give your mix or instrument cluster definition and “glue.” Control the amount of effect with the Wet/Dry control for easy parallel processing. Punch up the top and bottom with the PSC’s inductor based eq.
"The pawn shop compressor has become my go to plugin on every project. I’m not sure how I ever mixed without it, especially on drums! Thanks Dan, for making mixing so much easier."
6 time Emmy winning composer, producing credits include Anthrax, Fuel, Ill Nino, Smile Empty Soul
The Compressor: A Modern Classic
A unique hybrid tube/FET circuit lets the Pawn Shop Comp handle virtually any compression task you throw at it. Complete controls for all compressor parameters let you tailor response from smooth to punchy to total crush.
- THRESHOLD: 0dB to -100dB
- RATIO: 2:1 to 50:1
- ATTACK: .2ms to 200ms
- RELEASE: 10ms to 1.2s
- AUTO MAKE-UP GAIN: interactive with Threshold and Ratio
- MANUAL MAKE-UP GAIN: +/-18dB
- PWR ON/OFF: switch the compressor off and use the PSC’s great sounding preamp and equalizer.
"Pawn Shop Comp is full of analog colour, it has been incredible for so many instruments, especially drums. With Dan putting his amazing electronics knowledge into the tweakable elements of the plugin, it has made this such a versatile compressor for me."
Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend
A Tube Preamp
Use the Pawn Shop Comp’s tube preamp to add saturation and the warm harmonic distortion that is the mojo of tubes. But push GAIN even further to add overdrive and distortion, and adjust the BIAS for total shred. The PSC preamp can add character to vocals, hype to guitars and bass, and incredible color to room mics and the drum bus.
Swap Tubes and Transformers
Swap between three different sets of tubes and three different transformers to adjust the response of the Pawn Shop Comp from timid to street thug. Combined with the preamp Gain and Bias, tubes and transformers let the PSC sound like a classic tube limiter from the early 60’s, to modern, high end bespoke compressors, and all shades in-between.
Essential Sonic Sweetening
The EQ can be used to compensate for the loss of lows and presence that happens at high compression settings, and also for more creativity and enhancement. The WEIGHT control can be set for extreme lows (think kick drums) or slightly higher to give a signal warmth. The FOCUS control is centered in the midrange and adjustments in this band can add presence and width to a track. With +/- 8dB of gain, and wide, gentle peaking curves, use the eq to beautifully sculpt a track or an entire mix.
Tweakable like no other
Want to change the compression curves of the PSC? Swap in different FET’s. Want to get a vintage sound? Swap in Carbon resistors.Need something bright and modern? Switth over to Metal film resistors. Looking to experiment? Crank up the OPERATING LEVEL control and emulate what happens when you blow up gear in the studio - but without the smoke, fire, repair bills or chance of electrocution. And if you go too far, you can back it all down using the WET/DRY control, or the INPUT and OUTPUT trims. Set the OVERSAMPLING rate to better manage your CPU usage. Browse the PRESET LIBRARY. Adjust the size of the GUI to fit your monitors and studio set-up.
This ain’t no one knob plugin.
- 1 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor or AMD equivalent (PC)
- 4GB of RAM
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, 10.14 or higher recommended
- Windows 7 & Above
- Screen res: 1024 x 768 or higher
- iLok dongle or iLok Cloud
- 64 bit DAW support only