Pulsar Audio

Pulsar Audio - Smasher

Aggressive Dynamic Processor

Straightforward but extreme "British mode" compression – a faithful emulation of a uniquely modified 1176. All buttons in, all the time!

Smasher is an unprecedented custom modification of the classic Urei 1176 compressor circuit, a unique formula stumbled upon while fine-tuning other algorithms.

The original 1176 compressor hardware offered a selection of four ratios, but studio engineers soon discovered that pressing them all at once led to a distorted, explosive and highly compressed sound. It’s this "All buttons in" or "British" mode that Smasher was painstakingly designed to recreate.

While remaining very close to the original circuitry, the modifications built into Smasher will add definition to transients and make your tone more aggressive. Customers love using it to enhance the ambience in drum busses, but there are many more creative uses too. Smasher won’t work on every single track, but where it does, it works magic.

Smasher excels at raw and gritty sounds, calling to mind bands like Vulfpeck, The Whitefield Brothers and The Black Keys.

Product Features

  • A faithful emulation of a uniquely modified 1176
  • Topology Preservation Technology
  • Low CPU Usage
  • Parallel Compression
  • Linked Sidechain
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System Requirements

Protection Type
  • an iLok Dongle or iLok Cloud is required
Windows Requirements
  • Host application compatible with:
    • AAX Native plugins
    • VST plugins
    • VST3 plugins
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon or AMD Quad-Core minimum
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • Windows 7 with SP1 64 bit or above
  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • AAX Native (Windows: 32/64 bit), VST 2.4 (Windows: 32/64 bit), VST 3 (Windows: 32/64 bit) compatible host DAW
Mac Requirements
  • Host application compatible with:
    • AAX Native plugins
    • Audio-Unit plugins
    • VST plugins
    • VST3 plugins
  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space
  • Mac OS 10.8 and above
  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • AAX Native, Audio Unit, VST 2.4, VST 3 compatible host DAW (64-bit only supported)

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