One of the latest deals on offer over at Audio Plugin Deals is one not to be overlooked because it involves the best levelling amplifier ever made by Black Rooster Audio to date. Their KH-Comp1 is on offer via APD at a healthy discount of 71% until the 1st of February. And one thing is for sure, this Rooster has been around the block, so with their ‘best’ you can expect some quality.
Apparently, Koen Heldens, one of the current top-dog engineers and producers, has collaborated in the development of this device, and apparently, it shows. It is the first of four, so three more units will follow in collaboration with Koen, so say Black rooster Audio. Normally priced at $139, it clearly isn’t cheap, but that cannot be the only reason it is deemed so good. And for sure, it isn’t the only reason, because it is…very good.
For starters, it is a zero-latency compressor, so no need for latency compensation, so for instance, live-gigs can benefit from this. Its code is SSE2 optimized, meaning high performance is one of its fortes. The GUI supports high pixel density and Retina for both Windows and macOS, so those with high-DPI displays can have an enjoyable visual experience as a bonus. Rooster Audio does warn to check your DAW’s compatibility for high DPI in Windows though.
Apart from the usual controllability such as attack/release, threshold, dry/wet and makeup gain, it features 4 detector modes (Hilbert, Peak/Vintage/RMS), allowing for huge flexibility in controlling the sidechain level as narrow or wide as you like. It can be further trimmed with an invertible 2-band filter, for both high and low-end ducking/pumping or deessing. Furthermore, it has a listen-function, a stereo-link blend function and knee parameter control and a nice and classy VU meter display.
But as nice as it looks, it sounds even better, and instead of conjuring up elegant ways to describe its sound, nothing beats hearing it for yourself. So doubt not, and try out. Now.
Who knows, perhaps you’ll even buy it!
Audio Plugin Deals offers 71% off KH-COMP1 from Black Rooster Audio until February 1st