The Fate Compressor has two programs with features that I haven't seen with any other compressor library: FatePre Cmp and FatePre NoCmp. From the manual:
Limiter bypassed / Compressor engaged. Attack: Not available, Release: Not available 5 kernels, H2 – H5 reserved for harmonic distortion This program is less intended to emulate the 2254’s original compression behaviour, but to provide you a stunningly smooth and beautiful sounding tone shaper.
NoCmp is the same as above but with no compression, per the manual.
I love the sound of the Fate and the way it helps things sit in the mix but found its fixed attack impractical. As a result, I've been using the NoCmp program lately and really like what it adds.
Is this something that can only be done with this hardware unit? Is there any reason that other libraries don't include programs like this? Or... do they and I'm just missing it?
dpclarkson wrote:I would guess that any compressor's color could be sampled when it's treshold is at 0, wouldn't it?
Yep. From a recent compressor's manual:
Use as a coloring device even without compression. Set threshold to 0 & only take advantage of the preamp/transformer signal path.
Also CDSM had some compressor saturation (no envelope follower) in the RASS library. There were a couple variants of 1176s, a (very!) bright Fairchild and the like, maybe half a dozen or so. Useful programs.
Using compressor programs in this manner is under utilized in my opinion. Many of the available nebula compressors have more Transformer, & Tube harmonic color then most of the "pre" programs. Mixers like Michael Brauer have made their signature sound from this method.