FabFilter Pro-C
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FabFilter Pro-C

Pro-C, Software compressor from FabFilter.

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moosers 07/11/2010

FabFilter Pro-C : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The FabFilter Pro-C is an extremely flexible and unique compression plug-in that is available for all systems and platforms as far as I can tell. I don't own the plug-in myself, although I sure wish I did! Since I don't yet own it, I can't speak to the installation process. A producer who I work as an assistant for has most of the FabFilter plug-ins on his system at home, so I've been messing with them whenever I'm working over there with him. There's a ton that can be done with the Pro-C, so don't expect it to be the kind of plug-in where you're going to learn everything about it after one usage. The main parameters are pretty standard simple, with settings for input/pan, threshold, ratio, attack, release, output/pan, mix, and an additional side chain. The graphs here are really what set it apart, as I don't think I've seen too many that actually will show you the knee compression graph. The plug-in has three different modes to choose from as well - classic, opto, and clean, while it also has a more standard compression graph as well. If you're buying this plug-in, you might as well have the manual around as to not miss anything.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I don't know all of the details about the system that I've been using the FabFilter Pro-C on, but it's Pro Tools HD which really says it all. It doesn't take up as small amount of processing power as many plug-ins out there do, but by no means did I experience any problems running the software on this system. If I were running it in Pro Tools LE this might be a different story, but it all depends on the full system you're running it on...

OVERALL OPINION

The FabFilter Pro-C is quickly becoming one of my favorite compression plug-ins. I love how much flexibility you have here, as between the three different modes it's possible to get some pretty differing sounds. Having the built in side chain is huge as well as it just extends the possibilities here. The sounds are always clean and professional, and if you know how to use it there's a good chance you're going to get some killer sounds with it. Priced at $200 USD, this is one of the best compressors in general and even more so when you think of the price!