Plugin Boutique has announced that for a limited time, Smasher compressor by Pulsar Audio is available for only $9.
Smasher is an unprecedented custom modification of the classic Urei 1176 compressor circuit, a unique formula that the Pulsar team stumbled upon while fine-tuning other algorithms.
The original 1176 compressor hardware offered a selection of four ratios, but studio engineers soon discovered that pressing them all at once led to a distorted, explosive and highly compressed sound. It’s this “All buttons in” or “British” mode that Smasher was painstakingly designed to recreate.
While remaining very close to the original circuitry, the modifications Pulsar have built into Smasher will add definition to transients and make your tone more aggressive. Pulsar love using it to enhance the ambience in drum busses, but there are many more creative uses too. Smasher won’t work on every single track, but where it does, it works magic.
Smasher excels at raw and gritty sounds, calling to mind bands like Vulfpeck, The Whitefield Brothers and The Black Keys. It can add thickness and grit to any drum or bass track, or completely crush a bus, producing an aggressive sound that’s impossible to achieve with other plugins.
Smasher is a VST/AU/AAX plugin for DAWs on Windows and macOS. FOr a limited time you can buy it at only $9 (82% off) via Plugin Boutique.