Goodhertz | Vulf Compressor | Beastly Compression, by Vulf.
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“Compression really is the salt of music mixing. It’s the ultimate tool of a mix engineer and the Vulf Compressor is a really boutique, top-shelf Himalayan pink sea salt. This can really change the direction of a song. It’s kind of a one-trick pony in the best sense, in that it gives our songs a really distinct sound and some people will just put it on the entire track. It’s been a really cool addition to people finding out about Vulfpeck through this plugin. I really believe in it. We would not be selling it or commanding that price if it wasn’t a total game changer.”
Sometime around the turn of the century, an unknown Japanese DSP engineer engineered a radically weird compression algorithm for the Boss SP-303 Dr. Sample Sampler.
Years passed, and this “Vinyl Sim” compression languished in obscurity, a dark art known only to practitioners of instrumental beatmaking, producers like J Dilla and Madlib.
But then Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton read about the compression algorithm on a forum and enlisted two friends, Devin Kerr and Rob Stenson (co-founders of Goodhertz), to bring that algorithm to life in a digital form.
But Devin did more than just bring it to life — he expanded the algorithm, fine-tuned the sound, perfected its oddity.
And now that compression is the Vulf Compressor.
Vulf Compressor — inspired by a true story
If only we knew who programmed the DSP on the Roland SP-303. One day we’ll find out. One day we’ll meet them, shake their hands, and conduct a brief interview. Some questions we have in mind:
- Can you remember who programmed the 303’s fabled “Vinyl Sim” mode?
- Are you aware of just how bizarre that Vinyl Sim compression algorithm is?
- Did you know that Vinyl Sim’s huge, gritty sound defined the production techniques of a whole generation of beatmakers? J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Madlib, Madvillainy, etc.
- Have you seen this video of Madlib in 2007?
- Did you hear how the snare changes completely in the last 10 seconds of that clip?
But we should be clear: Vinyl Sim does about 10% of what Vulf Compressor can do; Vulf Compressor was inspired by the work of engineers who, around the turn of the century, seemed to have happened upon (intentionally?) one of the strangest, vibiest compression algorithms known to man.
So pick up a copy of Vulf Compressor today. Then you won’t have to spend time scouring eBay for a used 303 that still works.