Smasher is an unprecedented custom modification of the classic Urei 1176 compressor circuit, a unique formula that we came across while fine-tuning other algorithms.
The original hardware of the 1176 compressor offered a choice of four ratios, but studio engineers soon discovered that pressing them at the same time resulted in distorted, explosive and highly compressed sound. It is this All Buttons In or British mode that Smasher has carefully designed to recreate.
Staying very close to the original circuitry, the modifications we’ve built into Smasher will add definition to transients and make your tone more aggressive. We love using it to enhance drum ambience, but there are many other creative uses as well. Smasher won’t work on every track, but where it does, it works magically.
Smasher stands out for its harsh and harsh sounds, reminiscent of bands such as Vulfpeck, The Whitefield Brothers and The Black Keys.