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Pawn Shop Comp 2.1


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“A nice, vibey compressor plug‑in that should please those with a penchant for tonal tweakery!”

“your ears are greeted with optimum mojo... it never takes long to find something cool”

full review at  Sound on Sound

Gritty. Punchy. Smooth. Warm. All that. And more!

The Pawn Shop Comp 2.1 is a professional tool that will make a huge difference in the quality and impact of your mixes. It sounds great on any sound source and in virtually any application. 

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.

The 2.1 upgrade adds System/Machine authorization. You can now license your plugin via iLOK dongle, and iLOK cloud account, and via System/Machine authorization.

The PSC 2.1 upgrade also features faster, smoother performance by utilizing  GPU acceleration. We’ve also added a new Aux Panel for easier access to presets, level trims, and more.

PSC 2.1 Update Video Walkthrough

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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 thud 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 the release to contro sustain and resonance. Throw in 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, musical 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 to 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 2 bands of eq.

Too often, the accordion is overlooked in modern recording... kinda like the cowbell. The Pawn Shop Comp’s preset library is full of places to start when you don’t quite know what you’re dealing with, but know it needs something.
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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
  • PWR ON/OFF: switch the compressor off and use the PSC’s great sounding preamp and equalizer.

PSC Block Diagram

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  • Input and Output Trim
  • PSP Proprietary Signal Processing
  • IMF Insufferable Midrange Filter
  • Filters 1st Order High and Low Pass
  • EQ 4 band Fully Parametric
  • VCA VCA Compression
  • FDR Frequency Dependent Reduction
  • Stereo Width Stereo Width Enhancement
  • Dry / Wet Use the AIP as a parallel processor
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Ultimate Control

This Ain’t No One Knob Plugin.

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.

Pawn Shop Comp Tube Preamp Controls

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.

Pawn Shop Comp swappable tubes and transformers
Pawn Shop Comp additional controls

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.

Minimum System Requirements
  • 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, iLok Cloud, iLOK Sytem/Machine Authorization
  • 64 bit DAW support only
Supported Plugin Formats
  • Intel Mac 64bit: VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows 64bit: VST3, AAX
Current Release 2.2.3 Download User Manual PDF

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