Presswerk: Dynamics Processor
Presswerk is a powerful dynamics processor with a musical soul. An easy-to-use interface and a rich feature set give you hands-on control over all details of your sound. Presswerk doesn't emulate famous compressors, it blends the warmth of classic hardware models with developments that are only possible in the digital domain.
Presswerk has all the features you expect in a compressor...
- Sidechaining: use ducking to create more space in your mixes, or get creative with keying and pumping effects.
NOTE: For help on how to get Presswerk sidechained in your DAW, please read these instructions compiled by our KVR forum members.
- Adjustable compression curve and envelope. Find the best settings, get the most out of your audio using the soft knee, compression ratio, attack and release and other controls.
- Loud. Oh yes, Presswerk is more than capable of making your tracks louder!
- Soft clip. Roll off those harsh peaks and avoid distortion when output levels get too high.
...plus what we added to enhance Presswerk’s capabilities:
- 6 special views for better workflow: Drum Compressor, Vocal Compressor, M/S Program Compressor, Easy Compressor, Bus Compressor, Limiter (see the screen shots above).
- M/S mode. More detailed stereo signal processing
- Dual Phase Rotator (DPR): applies a radio broadcaster's trick to reduce unwanted asymmetries in the signal. It smears phases, increases headroom a little and adds bass 'oomph'.
- Saturation. This is where Presswerk really shines—adding colour and character to your audio. Apply Saturation sparingly for subtle warmth and transient-taming, or crank it up to create tape overdrive-like effects.
- Internal parallel compression. The Mix controls let you blend the compressed and uncompressed signals. This helps preserve some of the original, natural dynamics.
- Variable detection topologies:
- Feed-forward is modern and 'surgical', it tracks the input very precisely.
- Feed-back is 'musical', loose-sounding and forgiving—like classic hardware.
- Interactive continuously analyzes the signal and blends FF and FB accordingly.
- adjust and store global preferences
- new MIDI learn controls
We put together a few example tracks to show how Presswerk can work for you:
Rock Track Presswerk
This is a short (1:20min) demo of a Rock song, courtesy of Blacky Schwarz-Ruszczynski, featuring Marian Gold (of Alphaville) on vocals. This song was recorded in Logic and mixed in Cubase with 18 instances of Presswerk in total.
First the song mixed without Presswerk:
And now the song with Presswerk:
What was done in the Presswerk version:
- Drum Group (BD, SN, HH, Ambience, Overheads, Toms) uses the Drum Compressor View:
Ratio and Input for compression; Saturation for harmonic overtones; Soft Clip on
- Bass: uses the Easy Compressor View:
Threshold and Ratio for Compression; Adjust Response; Soft Clip on
- Guitar: uses the Bus Compressor View:
Adjust Attack and Release; Ratio is 4 fix; Soft Clip on
- Vocal: uses the Vocal Compressor View:
Adjust Input and Ratio for Compression; Enhance to open the voice
- Master: uses the Limiter View:
Mode is Balanced; Threshold for limiting; Saturation for harmonic overtones and warmth
We applied various Presswerk presets to the song Whispers Remix by Ebo Element. These presets were created to work well on drums:
Here we applied a few vocal oriented Presswerk presets to the song Open Door by Ebo Element.
Learn More About Presswerk
This 20-minute introductory video focuses on the six new special 'views' and how to use them in practice. It also mentions the new unified configuration page.