Audified VocalMint Compressor –
One-knob Compressor Plug-in
Sound On Sound Magazine
by Paul White
A number of companies offer single‑knob compressors, in which parameters such as attack, release and ratio either are preset or adapt to the incoming programme material.
Audified’s VocalMint Compressor is one such plug‑in. It comes in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats and supports Windows (7 or higher, 32/64‑bit) and Mac OS 10.9 to 10.15 (64‑bit). Though there’s only one main user control, the audio path comprises a serial chain of three different types of compressor, and multiple behind‑the‑scenes parameters have been optimised specifically for vocal processing.
First in line is a stage based on Audified’s Smash compressor, which has been used before in the company’s ToneSpot series of plug‑ins. Based on a FET design (like the famous UREI 1176), Smash is designed to tame peaks and to perform signal levelling using fairly fast attack and release times, combined with a modest compression ratio.