+10db is the first of it’s kind channel strip plugin modelled after David Bendeth’s personal compressor unit. We didn’t just use the hardware unit for inspiration, we dug in deep and made sure that it sounded just like the original. If you’ve ever listened to Breaking Benjamin or Paramore, or any of the other countless other records mixed by David Bendeth, one of the first things you’ll notice is how damn punchy the drums sound. This unit is a critical part of his drum mixing chain, and now it can be a part of yours.
Professional Testimonials“Like DB, this thing is pure rock’n’roll! We’re loving the way it sounds on drums here.”
– Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Kiss)“The +10db recreates a piece of gear that may not be as ubiquitous as other well known counterparts, however the original’s sonic signature has made it a well kept (until now) secret weapon for me and countless other engineers. From the beautiful smash of the compressor/limiter to the oft forgotten, but unique sounding eq section, this plug-in recreates the personality of the hardware with aplomb.”
-Neal Avron (Linkin Park, Sara Bareilles, Switchfoot)“It’s what I had hoped it would be. Big, open, punchy and versatile. Very happy to have it in my arsenal. Thanks DB!”
-Ted Jensen, Sterling Sound Mastering (Billy Joel, Green Day, Talking Heads, Norah Jones, Mastodon)
Why did we model this unit?
It seems like everybody is modeling hardware these days, but we wanted to do something a little different. We didn’t want to model any hardware units that have been done a million times. We wanted to do something that had never been done before but has been an icon in the recording industry, and the only way to do that was to team up with producer/mixer David Bendeth. He just happened to have a few of these in his rack, so he sent us one to pore over.
Unless you stopped listening to music after “Johnny B Goode” then you have most definitely heard this hardware unit many many times. Think of Led Zeppelin drums.
In order to get this same compressor in hardware, not only would you have to pay over $2,000 to get one, but you’d have to deal with all the other drawbacks of using analog hardware. For a very small fraction of the price, you can get that same sound in the much more convenient software format. There are really no downsides (unless you live in Alaska an need a room heater)
A few extra features
Since we weren’t bound by the limits of the analog hardware, we took the liberty of adding a couple features that make this even more powerful than the original hardware. For one, we added a “Dry Passthrough” knob that makes parallel compression super easy, without having to set up extra buses.
3 Plugins in 1
When you buy the +10db bundle, you actually walk away with three separate plugins: +10db Compressor, +10db Equaliser and +10db Channel Strip.
Aaron Whisnant –
This is an awesome sounding plugin! So was it worth buying? Absolutely! Seriously, has that magic little sound that seems to add a little something to your tracks. Coming from someone who grew up on 2 inch tape and analog consoles I have always wrestled with the lack of warmth in the digital realm. While it’s really gotten better over the years, there’s just a tonal element that digital doesn’t quite have yet. So I rely heavily on using plugins that can pepper my tracks with that “IT” sound. Something that separates an eq or comp from the other plugins, usually it’s somewhere in the low mids and hi mids. This really does stand out. Especially good on guitars both acoustic and electric. You won’t regret it.
This is amazing!! It takes what was great in V1 and makes it even more user friendly. Totally worth the upgrade.