Click anywhere on the interface to jump to a control’s definition.

(dictated via notes app)

It is with great pleasure that I dictate this to you via the notes app on my cellular device please enjoy this plug-in and use it as much is your CPU allows please use it on the master bus try it on individual instruments it’s great on drum brakes and electric bass to add extreme attack please do not treat this like a classic plug-in where they tell you to not use as much bass it save presets save channel strips let this be a part of your mixing thank you.

– Jack Stratton, Vulfpeck

Controls

Primary Controls

Input Gain

Varies the input gain, pre-compression.

Input Gain includes a level meter embedded in the slider. This meter shows the peak level of the input signal before Vulf Compressor’s processing.

If the signal peak exceeds or equals 0.0dB the meter color turns red, indicating that clipping could occur. Vulf Compressor will never clip internally, due to its double-precision floating-point processing, but the signal might be clipped at a later stage (by the host/DAW or DAC).

  • Min -24dB
  • Max 12dB
  • Default 0dB

Compression Amount

Controls the overall compression amount.

  • It’s not possible to entirely shut off the compression. Even at 0%, Vulf Compressor still imparts a bit of its signature compressor sound.
  • If you do want absolutely no compression, use the Master Mix.
  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 50%

Wow/Flutter Amount

Controls the depth of the vinyl wow & flutter.

Wow/Flutter Mix, Wow/Flutter Speed, Wow/Flutter Phase are all controllable in the Advanced Wow/Flutter controls.

  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 15%

Lo-Fi Amount

Controls overall fidelity. Higher Lo-Fi Amount produces more total harmonic distortion, decreased high frequency resolution, and more noise.

More precise control for the distortion (Lo-Fi Crunch), noise (Lo-Fi Noise Gain), & overall lo-fi flavor (Lo-Fi Type) are available in the Advanced Noise section.

  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 50%

Output Gain

Varies the output gain, post-compression.

Output Gain includes a level meter embedded in the slider. This meter shows the peak level of the output signal after Vulf Compressor’s processing.

If the signal peak exceeds or equals 0.0dB the meter color turns red, indicating that clipping could occur. Vulf Compressor will never clip internally, due to its double-precision floating-point processing, but the signal might be clipped at a later stage (by the host/DAW or DAC).

  • Min -24dB
  • Max 12dB
  • Default 0dB

Master Mix

Controls the overall impact of Vulf Compressor. At 0%, the Compression Amount, Wow/Flutter Amount, & Lo-Fi Amount processing are fully bypassed.

This mix control won’t introduce comb filtering or other unexpected blending artifacts like a standard parallel mix. Instead, it’s designed to gracefully go from bypassed to 100%.

The Input Gain & Output Gain are unaffected by the Master Mix setting.

  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 100%

Advanced Controls

The Advanced section offers more precise control and fine adjustment options.

To access Vulf Compressor’s advanced controls, click the ••• icon in the sidebar.

Sidechain

Sidechain Listen

Listen to the detector signal instead of the output of Vulf Compressor. The detector signal is what Vulf Compressor is “listening” to when calculating gain reduction.

  • Sidechain Listen makes it easy to monitor the detector signal and ensure that the sidechain is correctly routed.
  • The detector signal will be a blend of the internal and external sidechain inputs, as set by Sidechain External

Sidechain Listen includes a small meter that shows the detector signal.

  • Min Off
  • Max On

Sidechain External

Controls how much of the detector signal is from the external sidechain input. At 100%, Vulf Compressor’s gain reduction will be based on the external sidechain input only (the typical use of a sidechain). At 0%, the sidechain is fully internal (normal Vulf Compressor operation). At 50%, the detector signal is an even blend of internal and external sources.

This control might seem unconventional (because it is), but it’s very useful for dialing in exactly how much external sidechaining you want.

Here’s an example: let’s say you have a great sounding mix with Vulf Compressor on the master bus. You’d like Vulf Compressor to compress a bit more when the drums hit, but you don’t want to increase the volume of the drums in the mix. No problem! Just route the drums to Vulf Compressor’s sidechain (in your DAW) and increase Sidechain External until you’re getting enough additional compression (pumping) from the drums.

To route to Vulf Compressor’s external sidechain input, use the host/DAW’s built-in sidechain selection method.

  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 0%

Advanced Compression

Comp Attack Time Constant

Modifies the speed of Vulf Compressor’s attack.

This control is unitless (i.e. not specified in seconds or milliseconds) because Vulf Compressor does not have a traditional fixed attack time (it involves a complex interaction of signal dynamics and feedback). Smaller Comp Attack Time Constant’s will clamp down quickly, damping transients. Larger Comp Attack Time Constant’s cause Vulf Compressor to react more slowly, emphasizing the attack and punch of the incoming signal.

  • Min 0.1x
  • Max 8x
  • Default 1x

Comp Release Time Constant

Modifies the speed of Vulf Compressor’s release.

Like Comp Attack Time Constant, this control is unitless (i.e. not specified in seconds or milliseconds). Smaller Comp Release Time Constant’s cause Vulf Compressor to release more quickly, often sounding louder and causing more audible pumping or even distortion. Larger Comp Release Time Constant’s cause Vulf Compressor to release more slowly and smoothly.

  • Min 0.1x
  • Max 8x
  • Default 1x

Advanced Wow & Flutter

Wow/Flutter Mix

Overall wow & flutter mix.

100% is all wow & flutter, no dry signal.

0% is all dry, no wow & flutter.

Intermediate Wow/Flutter Mix settings will produce some nice flanging effects, which can be just the right thing to spice up a vocal or melodic instrument.

  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 100%

Wow/Flutter Phase

Controls the stereo phase of the wow & flutter. produces a monophonic wow & flutter, whereas 180° produces opposite modulation in the left and right channels.

For some subtle stereo widening, try a Wow/Flutter Phase of 180° with a Wow/Flutter Amount around 10%.

  • Min 0°
  • Max 360°
  • Default 0°

Wow/Flutter Speed

Speed of the wow & flutter. The standard LP record is 33⅓ RPM.

Advanced LoFi

Lo-Fi Crunch

Amount of total harmonic distortion from moderate: 0%, to crunchy: 100%.

  • Min 0%
  • Max 100%
  • Default 0%

Lo-Fi Noise Gain

Controls the amount of lo-fi noise.

You can quickly turn toggle the lo-fi noise On or Off by clicking the small sidebar “noise” icon.

  • Min -96dB
  • Max 12dB
  • Default 0dB

Lo-Fi Type

Selects the flavor of the lo-fi degradation.

TypeExplanation
AnalogHarmonically rich with just the right amount of dirt.
1990’s DigitalBad 1990’s digital converter with moderate aliasing.
1980’s DigitalHarsh 1980’s digital converter with some nasty aliasing.

Digital Ref Level

Digital Ref Level defines an approximate reference level as seen by the Vulf Compressor input. Lowering the Digital Ref Level is equivalent to turning up the Input Gain and turning down the Output Gain by an equal amount. This greatly affects how the signal hits the compressor and lo-fi section, and it should absolutely be used for creative effect. For louder sources, ref levels closer to 0dB may be most appropriate.

For the snappiest, attack-heavy compression, try Digital Ref Level at 0dB. For crushed & saturated compression, try Digital Ref Level at -36dB.

  • Min -36dB
  • Max 0dB
  • Default -18dB

HQ Mode

HQ Mode is our no-holds-barred processing mode where super high quality audio is given priority over CPU usage. When HQ Mode is turned ON, Vulf Compressor’s processing is internally oversampled, providing better high frequency resolution and reduced aliasing.

We recommend using HQ Mode when you need the highest possible quality and don’t mind 2-4x higher CPU usage (depending on the sample rate). An important lead instrument/vocal or master bus is a great place for HQ Mode.

HQ Mode will require more CPU resources and result in a slightly higher processing delay (latency). To ensure proper delay compensation in your host/DAW, automating HQ Mode is not recommended.

Specs

Supported Channel Configurations

Input Channel # Output Channel #
1 1
1 2
2 2

Presets

The presets are a great way to get to know each plugin. The preset drawer can be accessed at the bottom of each plugin by clicking the current preset name.

Acknowledgements

  • Chris Conover
  • Stephen Ellison
  • Annlie Huang
  • Otis Jackson, Jr.
  • Mushy Krongold
  • TaeHo Park
  • Bernard Purdie
  • Roger Robindore
  • James Dewitt Yancey
  • Diana Zheng

About Goodhertz Plugins

User Interface

Goodhertz plugins are made to be workhorse tools that sound amazing. We’ve put a lot of thought and care into the audio quality and plugin usability, and for that reason, we’ve opted for simple and direct controls & interfaces that don’t rely on photorealistic knobs or ornamental screw heads to communicate their meaning.

We’ve also decided to only include meters and graphs when we feel they will directly lead to a better sonic result. Meters/graphs can consume significant CPU resources, and we firmly believe that if it sounds good, it is good.

Our meters can be manually enabled or disabled via the “Enable Metering” User Preference.

Keyboard Shortcuts

ActionKeyboard Shortcut
Enter New Parameter ValueOnce you’re tapped or double-tapped a control, type in a value, then hit Enter, Return, or Tab
Increment Parameter Value or arrow keys
Decrement Parameter Value or arrow keys
Jump to Next ParameterTab
Jump to Previous ParameterShift + Tab or ` (backtick)
Escape Parameter Focus / Close any Open DrawersEsc

Right-Click Actions

ActionInstruction
Reset Control to DefaultRight-Click & select “Reset [control] to Default”
Read about Control in ManualRight-Click & select “Read about [control]”
Copy all current plugin settingsRight-Click & select “Copy all settings as URL to Clipboard”
Paste all plugin settingsRight-Click & select “Paste all settings from Clipboard”
Reset all plugin settings to defaultRight-Click & select “Reset all settings to default”
Go to the plugin’s product pageRight-Click & select “Goodhertz [plugin name]”

Right-Click Preferences

ActionExplanation
Always Open Advanced PaneBy default, this is false — i.e. when the plugins open, they do not show you the advanced controls available by hitting the ••• button in the sidebar. If you’d like to always see the advanced controls, enable this preference.
Enable MeteringBy default, this is true — i.e. in normal operation, all audio meters and visualizations available in Goodhertz plugins are enabled and running. If you’d like to turn them off and disable all metering and visualization, deselect this option. And to turn them back on, simply reselect it. N.B. If you’re struggling to use a large number of Goodhertz plugins on an older processor with an integrated GPU, sometimes disabling metering can help.
Enable Scroll InputBy default, all Goodhertz sliders can be scrolled in addition to dragged. If you find this behavior unnecessary, deselect this option and no scrolling events will be used to control Goodhertz sliders.
Window SizeEnlarge or shrink the Goodhertz plugin window by selecting an option here. This will save your preference for all instances of this plugin.

Mouse Modifiers

ActionCombination (Mac)Combination (Windows)
Reset Parameter to Default ValueOption + ClickAlt + Click
Move Control with Coarse PrecisionShift + DragShift + Drag
Move Control with Fine PrecisionCommand + DragCtrl + Drag
Move Control with Normal PrecisionDragDrag

Automation

Unintentional digital clicks and pops are the worst. They happen for lots of reasons and often end up wasting time with needless revisions or mastering surgery. When they go unnoticed, they can make their way onto commercial albums and releases.

Plugin automation is a common cause of clicks and pops. Sweeping an EQ band, changing a delay setting, and even automating a plugin bypass can cause digital artifacts if poorly handled.

This is not true for Goodhertz plugins. Any parameter in a Goodhertz plugin, even on/off switches, can be automated freely and smoothly without clicks, pops, or zipper noises (unless otherwise noted). You can push them, pull them, LFO them — whatever you do, they’ll handle it gracefully.

Since our Master On/Off controls won’t create artifacts, we recommend that you use them rather than your DAW-supplied plugin bypass if you want to disable plugin processing.

Plugin Settings

Goodhertz plugin settings can be copied and pasted as text urls, which look like this: https://goodhertz.co/vulf-comp/3.0.9?cm=0&wf=0&lf=100&lfc=50

To copy and paste, right click anywhere on the plugin interface and select either the copy or the paste option.

E.g. If you paste “https://goodhertz.co/vulf-comp/3.0.9?cm=0&wf=0&lf=100&lfc=50” into Vulf Compressor it will recall the settings associated with that url. This way you can easily send an exact plugin setting to someone — in an email or even a tweet — without any guesswork or screenshots.

System Requirements

Mac OS X ≥ 10.7

Audio Unit 64-Bit, VST 64-Bit, VST3 64-Bit, or AAX 64-Bit host

Windows ≥ 7

VST 64-Bit, VST3 64-Bit, or AAX 64-Bit host

Contact Support

To send plugin feedback, please e-mail us at feedback@goodhertz.com.

If you have a quick question, send us a tweet @Goodhertz. We’re often able to respond faster to tweets than emails.

If you’re having trouble, experiencing a technical issue, or you think you’ve found a bug, please email support@goodhertz.com.

Find all our contact info & bug-reporting protocol on the contact page.