Dynamics Processor with Attitude!

Introduced in the early 1970s, the Omnipressor® was the first dynamics effects processor of any kind. Originally invented by Eventide's founder, Richard Factor (and later redesigned for production by John Paul), the Omnipresssor made a host of effects possible. It featured variable control of all aspects of dynamic modification. It also introduced the notion of the 'side chain' and foretold techniques that today we take for granted like 'look ahead' processing.

The Omnipressor plug-in is a faithful emulation of the "black-face" unit and is popular among some of the world's leading producers and engineers as a dynamics-modifier with variable expressive controls of all aspects of a signal's dynamics. The Function control allows you to set compression and expansion ratios over a wide, continuous range from extreme expansion to infinite compression and beyond - dynamic reversal which reverses a sound’s envelope, making loud sounds quiet and quiet sounds loud.

One of our first customers was a young Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen. With the Omnipressor in his rig, his sound was never the same again.

Features

  • Dynamics processing for creating otherwordly sounds
  • Variable control of attack and release time
  • Variable control of maximum gain and maximum attenuation 
  • Function control sets ratio over a continuous range from extreme expansion to infinite compression and beyond to dynamic reversal
  • Gating: Set a threshhold and signals whose amplitudes fall below the threshhold value are 'squooshed'
  • Expansion: Widen a signal's dynamic range. Loud gets louder, soft gets softer
  • Compression: Variable control of compression ratio
  • Infinite compression: Obliterates a signal's dynamics - everything comes out at the same level
  • Limiting: Versatile, fast limiter
  • Dynamic Reversal: First of its kind. Soft signals come out loud, loud signals come out soft. Simulates tape reversal 
  • Intuitive interface makes it simple to operate with the use of a function dial
  • Dozens of presets to help you explore the unique and inspirational sounds of the tool used on countless hit records

Videos

Original Data Sheet - 1974

"Some of the unusual capabilities of the unit are illustrated in the graph below."

Omnipressor Function Graph

Artists Using Omnipressor

Andre Kelman
Beastie Boys, Phoenix, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power
Joe Chiccarelli
U2, Elton John
John Agnello
Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.
Richard Devine
Schematic Records
Stewart Lerman
Patti Smith, St. Vincent, Boardwalk Empire
Tony Visconti
Bowie, T. Rex
Alex Solano
Pulsating Waves, Plugin Connection
Buda & Grandz
Wyclef, Dave East, Meek Mill, G-Unit, The Lox
Chris Carter
Chris & Cosey, Throbbing Gristle
Enrico De Paoli
Erin Tonkon
David Bowie, Holy Holy, Esperanza Spalding
Jacknife Lee
The Killers, U2, R.E.M, Snow Patrol, Weezer, Catfish And The Bottlemen
Joe Berger
Jon Hammond Band, BCTD, Cymbalic Encounters
Jordi Martinez Guals
Autoput
Ken Sluiter
Heart, Weezer, Ok Go, Morrissey
Robert Venable
Twenty One Pilots, Kelly Clarkson, Megadeth

Reviews

Omnipressor is a compressor and expander/gate dynamics plug-in that goes about the business of compression in a very aggressive and shouty way. If you are looking for a subtle transparent compression then look somewhere else, if you want a compressor with bags of pump, depth and character then look no further.
Dan Cooper
Pro Tools Expert
[Omnipressor] is the most twisted, aggressive, nasty, and yes, seductively versatile dynamics control device I've used...The Bass Cut switch is way cool for kick drum fans, as it attenuates bass frequencies going to the compression control circuit.
Craig Anderton
Harmony Central
I thought it would be interesting to compare the plug-ins to the hardware they emulate. To be honest, I was not expecting them to be that close in sound, but I was in for a surprise...I was kind of blown away at how alike they sounded after trying several different settings on each processor.
John Baccigaluppi
Tape Op

Customer Testimonials

I can testify that the Eventide Omnipressor plug is a faithful duplication of the original hardware unit that we had at AIR Studios 214 Oxford St London. Not many engineers used it because it had too many knobs but I loved it because it could do weird and wonderful things.
—M.Stav

Platform Compatibility

Windows 7+AAX 32/64-bit, VST2 32/64-bit
macOS 10.7+AAX 64-bit, AU 64-bit, VST2 64-bit
We test our desktop plugins in Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Studio One. However, our plugins should work with any compatible host - we recommend you download a 30-day demo here to check before buying.
New 32-bit macOS installers are no longer being made for this product.
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