Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NI's Supercharger has nothing to do with a car, and it's free.

Native Instruments new Supercharger Compressor plugin is available as a free download until Dec. 31st. The simple straightforward layout makes it easy to use and it has both side chaining and parallel processing. Not bad for a free plugin. The sound? Download it and try for yourself. The above pic is an actual setting that I used on the drum buss for a Logic Pro session. It took maybe 20 seconds to get a good sound.

    From the Manual:

"SUPERCHARGER is a superb character compressor with a simple but powerful interface, which makes compression easy to use, even for the inexperienced user.

SUPERCHARGER can be used on a channel or a group of channels (often referred to as a 'bus') within your host software. It contains factory presets that lend themselves to compres- sion scenarios you are likely to encounter in your productions."

From the website:

"SUPERCHARGER adds unique, colorful character to anything it touches. Inspired by a one-of-a-kind boutique tube compressor, its one-knob simplicity lets you sculpt your dynamics at full speed with total focus on the sound. Designed for versatility, SUPERCHARGER is the perfect all-round tool for anything from warming up a vocal to crushing your drums completely."


  • Input Trim:  Adjust so the green indicator is lit for best results
  • SideChain:  Selects external side chain input signal.
  • Compress Knob:  Adjusts amount of compression. Turn clockwise for more compression. If the input knob is properly set the signal level will remain constant.
  • Punch:  Slows the attack to allow more transients if needed.
  • Dirt:  Adds saturation to the signal for more character.
  • Mix:  Use for parallel signal processing.
  • Output:  Adjusts output level of compressor.

Available for both Mac and PC:

Mac: Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

Formats: AU, VST, RTAS, AAX 32- and 64-bit

Download the Native Instrument Supercharger Compressor here.