Maximum Parallel Power

Parallel compression is a key ingredient that has been used by top mixers for years, but up until now, it has always required complex routing and increased clutter in your mix project to be able to utilize it on every track. Many compressors have a mix knob for blending the compressed signal with the dry signal, but we have found that this just doesn’t give enough control to really make use of the extensive power of parallel compression.

With individual wet and dry faders, along with an intuitive yet powerful EQ section, it won’t take long to recognize how much you’ve been missing out on. After using Manic Compressor on our projects, we realized that we have been missing out on a whole new world that we didn’t even know existed with compression.

6 Different Compressors

Even with so many good compressors out there, we find that it’s cumbersome to switch back and forth between different compressors with different settings trying to find the exact match for your track. With Manic Compressor, you can quickly switch between 6 different compressors without having to match settings.

Because Manic Compressor was designed from the ground up to be used in parallel, we were able to make some compressor modes that really shine in parallel.

Built for Abuse

With Manic Compressor’s innovative parallel design and Loudness Relief, this compressor was built to be abused.  Subtle compression is a thing of that past (unless you want it, of course). Manic Compressor lets you put your settings to maximum carnage and then ease it off with its unique Loudness Relief knob, which softens the compression artifacts even under super heavy load.

Reviews (72)

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72 reviews for Manic Compressor

  1. kailee1

    This thing makes me speechless!
    Absolutely must-have! A Plugin from God!
    @Bozlabs: be careful not to get shot by the other manufacturers.
    EXCELLENT work!

  2. cclarry122700

    This is a really versatile Compressor!
    From Clean to Mean and everything in between!
    Well done Boz!!!

  3. vonofaga

    Dreaming of a steep track? Manic Compressor best.

  4. rsformatc

    I didn’t want to demo this because I knew if I did I would want to buy it and as I have spent so much on compressors I would struggle to justify another one. But I did. And now I will probably buy it as I can see this becoming my go-go compressor. It does it all and so well and quickly and simply.

  5. richboustred

    It’s a top drawer compressor…but the more I mix, the less I care about the differences between top drawer soft compressors. What blew me away with this one was how well it does M/S compressing e.g. allowing you to compress the middle of a stereo drum track and leave the sides alone to keep the transients. Made my ‘blah’ drums sound like they were recorded in an amazing room. The level of control over wet and dry is also nice – much quicker to get a good blend than some others I’ve used.

  6. densdale93

    This Compressor is absolutely amazing, it sounds great and the graphical design is well thought out. I will definitely recommend this to anyone that needs a compressor

  7. conradjdavis

    Great Compressor! Love the graphical design, it’s easy on the eyes. Made my drums thump! Highly recommend to producers ho want hot tracks!

  8. themartyrstephen

    Beautiful interface,sounds great on drum busses,going to try it on some other stuff.Great job.

  9. ndingies

    This is a great versatile plugin. A great tool to add to your collection.

  10. thomasd3

    Looks like this one may become one of my primary ‘go to’ tools 🙂

  11. hachaduryan

    With so many options and variations this compressor is quickly becoming one of my favorite dynamics plugins in my arsenal.

  12. alenyue

    Musical and ease of use

  13. mixedbygee

    The sound, workflow and overall vibe of this product is amazing. its such a flexible tool, it can work on pretty much anything. Great work as always Boz Digital!

  14. james.bunton

    I’ve only been using the Manic Compressor for a couple of days now, but it’s already revealed itself to be an incredibly valuable part of the mix. It’s quick to dial in some great sounds, and then easy to refine them in many ways. The multiple compression modes and the wet/dry link options have allowed me to approach compression in new ways. I look forward to continuing to use and master this plugin as I feel like there is still room to go much, much deeper into it!

  15. maartenada

    Just got it today and have been playing with it non stop, this thing is truly amazing! Well thought out, so many options, this might become my go to compresssor from here on. Nice job!!

  16. bozdigitallabs7

    Well, as far as I know, this is the first soft compressor that gets the point about the NY compression “trick”, ie. not just a wet/dry balance. With a built-in wet eq, you don’t have to fiddle around with buses and sends. It’s almost worth it just for that 🙂

  17. ngallardobijl

    When it comes to compressor plugins there are plenty of em’ out there and I sure do have quite a few myself. What sets this apart for me is the creative ways this beast can be used. Not only when mixing down but also in the very process of sculpting sounds for my productions this is a tool that is definitely going to be seeing a lot of use! It simplifies the process of extra routing by taking it away entirely and allowing you to focus on what you actually want to be doing. 5 stars 🙂

  18. JLBowser

    And the award of the most flexible compressor VST ever goes to…
    Boz Digital Manic Compressor !
    Seriously… this compressor is simply amazing ! There are so many ways to tweak your sound that you simply can’t fail with it. Compress only mid, only side, only high frequencies, dry/wet it and add another instance to compress the whole result… Unlimited possible sounds !
    And I promise my eternal and unlimited love to the “Vintage” model compressor : clean, warm and punchy, a compressor simply can’t sound better than this one for me.

    PS : I vote for a new background picture on the “Digital” model for the next update !… 😀

  19. thiagokalil

    Excelent Plugin!!!

  20. rsendra

    An easy, fast and affordable way to do NY comp with success. Great.

  21. daniel.raska

    Love the feature that I can EQ my parallel compression without need of other buss and great to try more modes of compression with the same setting 🙂

  22. ansu

    Manically fantastic plugin !

  23. juliorrasec

    I love it! I liked it so much! great!!

  24. seahorse1

    I have hadf this compressor for a day now and it has rather blown my noodle !! I admit that I had pretty much decided to buy it even before I demoed it. However I went ahead with the demo secretly hoping that it would not live up to expectation and save me from starting spending before Black Friday has fully kicked off. This was not the case…20 mins after demo play and I was hitting the purchase button. It is hard to know where to start in terms of accolades. This beast is incomparable to other compressors in so far as it has completely obliterated my staid workflow….all to the good. The flexibility in terms of classic compression tasks is un matched and gets me from A to B faster and more satisfactorily than I could hope for….then comes the creative possibilities. I was sceptical at first about the wide range of ‘compression types’ incorporated in this unit… thinking it could all be a bit gimmicky… but… this is not the case..each compressor type actually genuinely brings a different flavour and host of creative possibilities with it this matched with the built in ‘routing’ for parallel and the tweaking of EQ as we go has all but made my existing arsenal of compressors redundant…… and yes I did match each of my go to units to their specific jobs in my workflow and the Manic Compressor matched or out did each one 9 times out of 10. To say it is worth its price is a true understatement. This is more than a goto this is a must have…a real game changer !!!

  25. nbiloxi

    I like the fact that it was made specifically for parallel compressing!

  26. greeks

    I really like informative screen which help to understand what happen with processing. With it many colors, side chain option and dry/wet signal processing it must be power horse!

  27. NeverTheLess

    Love it!
    Parallel wonder…

  28. baxterbrown

    Tried the demo. Loved the demo. Didn’t mind the demo restrictions at all. Love the different looks for each compression style. Major win for Boz and the team.

  29. s-silvers

    Simplifies my mixing setup!

  30. hrih67

    Lovely design. Very good value for money

  31. Haymo

    Really easy to use and incredibly logic – great job! Now everybody can understand how compressors work…


    I thought there would be a bit more sound difference between the types of compresors, but I really liked the mid/side processing and detailed control over parallel processing. When I started playing with the tone control, the comressor really came to life. I own the Imperial Delay, and I am impressed with the depth these plugins have over control of the audio in a single plugin. I like the extra buttons to tinker under the hood for just the perfect sound.

  33. kidwell57

    The Manic compressor is just another fantastic product by Boz. I wish I had the money I would invest in all your products!

  34. shmuti_m

    Only had it for a couple of days, but so far very nice. The BEEF button is very useful. The IN/OUT on DRY/WET are super easy and comfortable. It was a bit hard for me to hear the difference between the different styles until I pushed the input drive knob. Then it was more obvious. Looking forward to test and abuse it.

  35. john_forever_07

    That’s incredible!

  36. joerg

    very well sounding compressor collection with a lot of useful features – the only thing, I´m missing is a soft clipper at the output stage!

  37. orengliki

    Like almost every other boz product, the manic compressor is useful for every track that needs power and character. I use it so frequently that I forget that I have more plugins. Great work!

  38. Jay

    demo would be better if you actual have a few days to play with it instead of injected silence all the time. sounds decent in between the silent parts. cheers

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  40. Jackmusic2

    This compressor is amazing!!! it has the true functionality of a parallel compressor. Other plugins available in the market only have the control for adding the dry signal to the compressed signal, but they lack what really does the NY compression trick… the EQ section of the compressed signal.
    I think all the compression options are pretty amazing, but the EQ section is in my opinion the most important part for me to make the decision to buy this really cool plugin, it’s like having a bunch of great compressors and a real/powerful analog equalizer.
    Excellent Job Boz Digital Labs !!!

  41. simonnakra

    Well I have had this plugin for over 24 hours now and have pretty much tried everything through it. I must say this is definitely my go to plugin on my bus instruments. The loud relief and tone control is what really sets this plugin apart from the others. Congrats to the BDL team! Definitely a winner!

  42. ajv205

    love this thing. makes my life so much better by implementing several processors into on, with no latency for tracking. Not only that but it the tonal palettes sound great too!

  43. ebrena

    boz hits it out of the park again! Very user friendly and most important, it sounds fantastic.

  44. dominique.bassal

    Nice compressor. There are others with more specialized features, but the main claim to fame of the Manic is the parallel thing. Really a huge time saver.

  45. creepjoint

    I promised myself I would not be buying any more compressors………..then this baby came along

  46. kirkejan

    ~My new (not so) secret Sound Design weapon~

  47. tommycat

    Let’s face it: music today is often ultra-compressed. The MANIC COMP has proven itself, within just 24 hours, to be one of the go-to tools at my disposal for creating audio magic. I mostly record LIVE music in matrix, using multiple mics and often under less than pristine aural conditions. The interface is EXTREMELY intuitive…..the USER MANUAL is quite possibly the best plug-in manual I’ve read to-date…..and the SOUND? Well, let’s just say that I can’t wait to get back to working on tracks and trying out new possibilities! The items which set MANIC COMP apart for me are the easily accessible “engines” offering 6 different approaches – or tonal palettes – to choose from and the INCREDIBLE visual interface which gives what I consider to be the BEST graphical illustration of what is happening audibly to the signal being compressed of any compressor I’ve seen. Compression is something that isn’t always easily understood and I think that the team at Boz Digital Labs has hit a home-run with this plug-in on many levels and will likely lead users to a better understanding of what’s actually happening to their signal(s) than their ears alone can explain. Add in the options of eq’s, wet/dry blending, “beef” contouring, and Loundness relief compensation aaaand, oh yeah did I mention it uses a fraction of the CPU resources some of my other comps use?……DON’T BE A SCHMUCK, GET THIS PLUG-IN!! ~~~Many thanks BOZ!~~~

  48. gerockki

    I’ve never reviewed a single plugin even I own almost every UAD plugins, I do have every single Slate plugin and tons of others. This thing is a must have. It’s a perfect combination of plugin that gives you both worlds either you want to give nice character or glue everything together. Even the presets are more likely to made on most typical instruments that benefit using parallel compression I experienced it on acoustic guitars etc. and this plugin gave me results I can not get with any else top notch plugins. The analyzer is really useful aswell as the eq and compression modes. As the manual suggests I like using the highest compression ratio and then take it back with the fantastic loud relief knob. I’m not totally sure what it does, but it really seems to be useful to play with. And I forgot to mention the fantastic wet/dry mixmode, which really is one of the final reasons I made a purchase. This is a wonderful tool.

    Sorry for my bad english, but hope you got the idea.

  49. achim1

    Pretty Awesome! Love it already!!

  50. lbuckman13

    Today I recieved an email from BoZ about some sort of compressor, I’ve spent alot on plugins recently because I only want the best tools to get the best sound I can possibly get! I opened the email,I watched the video about the Manic Compressor. THIS IS A GAME CHANGER….I am now a surgeon with a scalpel, an artist with a fine brush…an engineer with presicion! I have never spent my money so fast on a product, quite possibly the only compressor you will ever need..suitable for any purpose…If I was stranded on a desert Island, with a power supply & my set up and could only use 1 compressor..guess what I would choose!!
    Thank you Boz!! 5 stars!

  51. gregzik

    Really great Comp ! One of the best in terms of versatility ! Thanks Boz

  52. prohid-audio

    Great sound of compressor and easy to use,
    again nicely done Boz Digital Labs,..
    Thank You

  53. tjarkobusink

    I did not even bother to demo it. After the magnificent Hoser and simple but wonderfully effective Mongoose (both part of my standard Master buss chain) I knew what to expect. The price is amazing for what you get. I love the Loud Relief feature, which gives you very pleasant combination of soft and hard compression. I also like how the plugin is set up visually. There’s a lot to learn, still. But it’ll be a joy to discover all the possibilities which are yet hidden from me.

  54. RockhardJ

    Very happy with both the aesthetics and functionality of this plugin.
    Top marks for innovation, a pleasure to use and hear it’s results.

  55. redgazza

    This thing is RIDICULOUS!! Talk about an absolute game-changer. ‘High End’ plug-in companies need to sit up and take note! I can’t imagine any instrument or bus the Manic Compressor wouldn’t work wonders on.. Gary White (BAFTA nominated composer/producer)

  56. bgrotto

    I just gotta stop in to say this thing is like, really, REALLY fantastic.

    I’m completely re-shaping drums in ways I hadn’t thought possible, and it’s completely intuitive and incredibly fast. Very, very impressed with this plugin. What I’m really, really loving about it is that the layout and scale of the controls is causing me to make much (like, MUCH) more extreme settings than I’d typically do, which is teaching me a lot about just how far I can push some of these techniques. It’s actually causing me to rethink how I’ll use other pieces of gear, which is pretty amazing.

    It’s rare that I find piece of gear (or, especially, a plugin) that make me re-consider the way I use my other equipment. The Manic Compressor is one such piece. Really incredible.


    Incredible! Love the ease and speed I can get the sound I want!

  58. sthhde

    I really like the ergonomic design and the easy comparison of different basic compression types. Nice sonics as well, easy to improve single tracks and mix buses. Congrats, BDL!

  59. netorder

    This is a monster!
    Finally, St3v3n Sl@te has some real stiff competition and no iLok necessary!!!

  60. netorder

    This is a monster!
    Finally, St3v3n Sl@te has some real stiff competition and no iLok necessary!!!
    (resubmitted because I couldn’t select 5 stars)

  61. vicnest

    The workflow and well-thought features. Definitely one unique software compressor comes with many variety of tones and dynamic shaping capabilities. Enjoy the time mixing with it.

  62. xaviager

    Excellent plugin! In 5 minutes you are getting incredible textures and sounds…
    Thx again Boz!

  63. nordicboz

    Truly amazing comp!
    Makes parallel compression simple while adding a twist to it.
    Sounds musical – extreme – subtle, everything’s there.
    Congratulations Boz!

  64. ALXZ

    Finally someone use the brain!!!! is a pain in the boot to make a parallel compression setup all the time… Awesome idea, i need to try and make different approaches and compare with my old school and Manic, for start is GREAT !! and very cool.

  65. kulakowskij

    Very cool! Would love to have a feature that saves the knob positions when switching between the 6 styles, this way you can dial them in to the same Gain Reduction and actually be able to A/B them without turning knobs to readjust every time you switch between compression style.

  66. mikeyschulz

    So versatile and such character when you need it. With so much meat you’ll need more gravy!

  67. pascal.studio9

    JUST AMAZING !!! parallel compression in one plug in ! perfect

  68. c7diminished

    it’s a God sent compressor. great on sources that needs a life to them.

  69. pichon

    I expected it to be more versatile. This comp does not behave like normal comps, so it´s hard to get satisfactory results (with 6 different comps!!!). I would not use it as bus comp or for glueing. Automatic release would be a great feature. Blacl Friday Price was 99, with coupon 79, now it is 79 and I am curious about the regular price next year. Regular Price was 149 $ first. I hope this was not just a trick or marketing strategy to make people believe they could save a whole lot of money buying this plugin !-?

  70. infectramusic

    Phenomenal compressor! Breathes life into my drum and vocal parts with the ease of use of parallel compression it offers. I saw a producer using this on his live stream and was blown away by how it worked. Now I am using it and couldn’t be happier.

  71. mylocee

    This is the compressor I have been waiting for. Well done!

  72. virgulino_lampiao

    One of the most versatile compressors ever made, and that goes for both dynamic control and character. For the price it is such a no-brainer. The CPU hunger is great, even considering all the functions available. The only thing missing for it to be pretty much complete is an external side-chain input for Pro Tools, which I still have hopes it will be released. I could live with only this compressor and my pair of TX5Cs for all compressor tasks.


Adding Life to your Drums with Parallel Compression

Adding Life to your Drums with Parallel Compression