PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor

A must-have addition to your effects arsenal, the new PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor adds vintage-era, console-style, channel compression to every ProChannel strip in SONAR.

PC4K S-Type Console

Complementary Compression

Cakewalk provides a thoughtful collection of ProChannel effect modules carefully designed to complement each other and to avoid overlap in function and application. And the PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor is no exception. Highly transparent with gentle, soft-knee characteristics, this module is particularly well suited to compressing and leveling a variety of material such as bass, keys, and rhythm guitars. Flexible drag and drop routing and manual output gain control lend a modern twist to an old classic.

The PC76 U-Type Channel Compressor, already included with SONAR X1 Producer, and the new PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor have different characteristics and handle audio information in distinctly different ways, making them a nice complement to each other. The PC76 U-Type employs classic FET design with very fast attack and analog-style warmth. It's modeled after a vintage, rack-mount, compressor that uses transistors to emulate a valve sound and is generally used on single channel source material. In contrast, the PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor is modeled after a built-in, VCA based, channel strip compressor and is able to be pushed hard and yet remain transparent on a wide variety of sources.

Classic Console Emulation

When coupled with the included PC4K S-Type Bus Compressor, the included ProChannel EQ (set to Vintage), and the optional PC4K S-Type Expander/Gate, the new PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor provides full emulation of classic, large-format, mixing consoles used by professional engineers to make hit records for over a quarter century.

Professional Mixing

Each ProChannel module is carefully designed and expertly crafted to give the sound and experience of using the legendary hardware it’s based on. The same techniques used by professional engineers can be translated to these faithful recreations, but they also provide the added flexibility and ergonomics afforded by software. This means you can have an unlimited number of instances in a mix (limited only by available CPU power) and they can be re-routed and placed anywhere in the ProChannel’s signal path with a simple drag and drop. With x64 native operation and 64-bit double precision resolution, you can be assured of both smooth performance and unsurpassed fidelity.

* SONAR X1 Producer Expanded, SONAR X2/X3 Producer or SONAR X3 Studio Required

PC4K S-Type Channel Compressor Parameters and Ranges

Parameter Control Type Range Description
Threshold Unipolar Knob 0 dB - -30 dB Sets the threshold at which compression begins
Ratio Unipolar Knob 1:1 – infinity:1 How much is that signal compressed
Release Unipolar Knob 0.1 – 4 seconds How quickly does the compression effect release after the signal goes back under the threshold
Output Unipolar Knob -12 dB - +12 dB The Channel Compressor has a makeup gain, but we've added an additional gain stage to help make up the levels that have been reduced during compression
Fast/Slow Attack 2 position switch 0, 1 Changes the attack time from slow to fast. ON is 0.9 msec, and OFF is 33 msec
Side Chain 2 position switch 0,1 Enables Side Chain in SONAR’s mixer routing.
LED Meter Activity dB meter 3 – 20dB Displays the amount of gain reduction applied by the compressor
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