• Mastering compressor
  • Instrumental track compressor
  • Vocal track compressor
  • Side-chain compressor
  • Stereo, mid-side, 5.1 surround compressor
  • Transparent compressor
  • Smooth harmonic enhancer

Deft Compressor is an AAX, AudioUnit, and VST audio signal compressor plugin for professional sound and music production applications. This compressor's distinguishing feature is its ability to produce "slim" and "slick" sounding compression with an intelligibility enhancement effect. The compressor's timing function, which closely resembles the S-curve (sigmoid curve) on both the attack and release stages, achieves this result. The S-curve timing function also contributes to the compressor sounding "warm" and "clean" at most settings.

While Deft Compressor can be used to emphasise audio transients at high attack settings, it can also be used to "smash" audio signals at low attack settings as low as 0.01 millisecond. Deft Compressor's signature feature is the S-curve, but it can be smoothly changed to a V-curve.

Deft Compressor also includes a "vintage" compression mode that emulates the sound of analogue tube compressors by producing a warm, gently saturated sound with the ability to overdrive the output signal. Aside from that, you can toggle between "feed-forward" and "feedback" compression modes.

Technically and creatively, Deft Compressor is ideal for compressing vocals, drums, guitars, and other instruments. It can also be used to compress mix groups and full mixes.

Features & Compatibility

Adjustable S-curve timing function

“Vintage” compression mode

Feedback compression mode

Auto make-up gain

External side-chaining

Key signal filtering

Stereo and multi-channel processing

Internal channel routing

Channel grouping

Up to 8x oversampling

64-bit floating point processing

Preset manager

Undo/redo history

A/B comparisons

Contextual hint messages

All sample rates support

Zero processing latency

User interface color schemes

Resizable user interface

Retina and HighDPI support

Demo limitations

Every 45 seconds, the processing output is muted for a brief moment.

(A product key, which is a text string, is required to authorise the demo version: no challenge/response or dongle is required; no connection to our website is required.)


This audio plugin can be used in any audio host application that supports AudioUnit, AAX, or VST plugins.

This plugin is compatible with Windows (32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and later versions, unless otherwise stated) and macOS (10.11 and later versions, unless otherwise stated) computers (2.5 GHz dual-core or faster processor with at least 4 GB of system RAM required). Each target computer platform and audio plugin specification has its own binary distribution file. If AVX2-optimized code is supported on a specific processor, the plugin may use it internally. Big Sur, Monterey, and Apple Silicon native are all supported.