Waves H-Comp Hybrid Compressor Plug-in

Analog-modeled Compressor Plug-in - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
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Get that tube sound out of a convenient Waves plug-in! The crew at Waves has gone to work creating yet another standout way for us gearheads to get the sound of the finest gear - without breaking the bank or hauling a rack alongside our laptops. Just call up the H-Comp hybrid compressor plug-in, packed with four degrees of "analog" sound. There's a wet/dry mix for easy parallel compression plus a cool transient pass-through punch control feature. And you'll especially dig the exclusive BPM-sync release function for getting your sound to just gel with the vibe of the tempo.

The Waves H-Comp compressor plug-in is capable of a range of classic and modern compression flavors that engineers would have killed to have available all in one place back in the day - especially at this affordable price. It's perfect for the studio that sees a range of music styles and needs an incredible-sounding, versatile compression solution to get the job done each and every time. If that sounds like you, you've got to go with the H-Comp compressor.

Waves H-Comp Hybrid Compressor Features at a Glance:
  • Compressor plug-in for Mac and PC
  • Analog modeled release behavior
  • Wet/Dry mix for easy parallel compression
  • Unique transient pass-through punch control
  • Exclusive BPM-sync release function
  • Analog character modes
  • Output limiter/clipper modes
  • External sidechain support
Waves H-Comp hybrid compressor plug-in gives you awesome compression at an unbelievable price!

Tech Specs

Software Type Compressor
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
Format AAX Native, RTAS, AudioSuite, VST, AU, SoundGrid
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon or higher, 4 GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number HCOMPTDM

Customer Reviews

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My favorite compressor plug-in!!

After using this on another studios rig and then as a demo I bought. This is my favorite work horse compressor. I always use it on kick drum, bass and drum buses but it it works on everything. The tempo sync and analog dial are great features that make it a little faster to set and dial in a nice hybrid of modern and vintage sound. This is one of my Desert Island plugs!
Music background: Engineer and drummer

The Most Flexible Waves Compressor

Around 2 years ago I received an email from Waves stating that as an owner of the Gold Bundle I was qualified for two free plugs: the H-Delay and the H-Comp. So I downloaded the new plugs, not too excited because I already owned the Waves CLA plugs and the Renaissance Compressor which all get heavy use on my productions so I wasn`t expecting much from a "free" plug. Also, I`ve been fortunate to have had my hands on classic hardware compressors like 1176s, Distressors, 1178s, LA2As over the years so a free software compressor wasn`t really getting me all that excited. However, when I started to tweak the H-Comp I simply could not believe how amazing this plug sounded. I`ll just say its a fantastically versatile plug. I love it and its not unusual to see the H-Comp occupying most of my DAW inserts. I have used the H-Comp on drums, bkg vocals, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, lead vocals and piano, the H-Comp works well on all sources. Obviously no piece does everything so if I want a little edge to my tracks or "grit", I`ll usually turn to the CLA collection but for most audio needs, the H-Comp shines. The dry/wet setting has proven time and time to be super handy! The best news about Waves is that you can download whatever you want and audition it for yourself. I would suggest you do that. Check out the H-Comp if you`re looking for an all around great software compressor.
Music background: Professional Musician

It Has A Mix Knob

First off: I docked half a star because of the limiter component of this plug. It seems odd and unwieldy among the other features of this fantastic dynamics processor.I've used this thing on many mix projects. My favorite thing about it is the interface. It's like a real compressor. The fact that it has knobs keeps you from over thinking what you're doing. But... If you want to really zero in on a setting, you just double click a knob and type in the value that you want. Awesome! Intuitive in general but surgical when you need it to be.As features go... I'd say the "Mix" knob is absolutely the "Star Feature" of this plug. You can do "Parallel Compression" right then and there. You don't have to bring up another channel and balance it against the original uncompressed one.... Then group it... Or, bus it... Blah, Blah, Blah. You just compress the SNOT out of it and dial back the mix 'til you've got what you want. Pure genius. I only own one other compressor that has this feature but I wish they all had it.There's another feature that enables one to sync the release time to the host tempo. I haven't found this to be extremely useful in band scenarios but in electronic music, I bet I'd use it quite a lot.I don't find it to be "Klunky". I have tons of compressor plugins. I use this one more than all the others. I guess that's the main thing. I "Get" the controls. It sounds great. And... It has a mix knob. Love It!
Music background: Music Background: Producer, Mix Engineer, Occasional Recording Engineer (Mostly retired from that), Professional Musician.
See also: Compression Software, Waves, Waves Plug-ins: Dynamics