de la Mancha Releases Sidearm Compressor
The nutters at de la Mancha have released sidearm, a compressor with the power of “a heavyweight boxer and the precision of a brain surgeon.” (now you know why we think they’re two sandwiches short of a picnic)
Sidearm is a compressor with many options to tweak the sidechain signal for very precise control. It can perform downwards, upwards and parallel compression and limiting, in peak or RMS flavors and with lookahead if you want it. But the sidechain control is where sidearm really gets to business.
» Multi-function compressor with tweakable sidechain and comprehensive metering
» Flexible controls allow use as a compressor, limiter or maximiser
» Sidechain signal can be filtered, adjusted for mid/side, stereo balance and gain for precise triggering
» Internal or external sidechain routing
» 6 mode filter (LP, HP, BP, notch, peak a & b) adjustable from 12 to 96 dB/Octave to isolate frequencies in the sidechain
» Sidechain listen option – you hear what the compressor detects in the sidechain
» Wet/Dry mix control allows blending of dry uncompressed signal for NY style parallel compression
» Dirt knob adds saturation for subtle flavour or full-on filth
» Attack / Release curve can be linear or non-linear
» Stereo input detection can be linked or unlinked, with max or average level detection
» Distortion ‘cleaning’ option for very short release times
» Input detection can be Peak or RMS level with adjustable window
» Optional limiting on final output
» Look-ahead defined by user in ms
» Metering for each band and combined output, covers stereo input, output and gain reduction with adjustable sensitivity. All meters show actual and peak levels
Whether you choose an internal sidechain or an external audio source, you can modify the sidechain audio with a multi-mode, adjustable-slope filter (up to 96 dB/octave) and adjust the mid/side, stereo balance and gain. You can also gate the control signal so it only kicks in above a certain level. This brings a level of control that will allow you to define exactly when the compressor kicks in, by isolating specific frequencies, stereo positions and volume levels in the sidechain. There is even a sidechain listen option so you can hear what the compressor hears in the sidechain.
de la Mancha’s sidearm will set you back $29 and is available now for a special introductory price. More information on de la Mancha sidearm compressor.