Dynamics Processor with Attitude!

Introduced in the early 1970s, the Omnipressor® was the first dynamics effects processor of any kind. Invented by Eventide's founder, Richard Factor, 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.

Factor's original design, the "white-face" Omnipressor 'featured' controls that made the unit virtually impossible to use. In fact, here's the opening paragraph of the original user's manual:

"...if you don't fondle it's controls properly it will cause you hours of confusion and tempt you to dash it against the rocks or put it in a sack and drown it."

Engineer  Jon Paul was brought on board to tame the beast and the "black-face" Omnipressor was born. It has been used on hundreds of hit records throughout the last four decades and many of the original units are still in service and cherished. 

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.

  • Omnipressor plug-in screen shot

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

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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
Erin Tonkon
David Bowie, Holy Holy, Esperanza Spalding
Jordi Martinez Guals
Autoput
Siegfried Meier
Kittie, Face To Face, DMX, Woods of Ypres, Adam Wendler
Headsnack

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

Specifications

Compatibility

Platform Compatibility

Microsoft Windows 7+ and Apple OS X 10.7+

DAW Compatibility

Software Plug-In Format
Pro Tools 10 + AAX Native
Cubase 7+ VST2
Nuendo VST2
Wavelab VST2
Logic 8+ AU
Ableton Live 7+ AU, VST2
SONAR VST2
Studio One AU, VST2
Digital Performer AU
Reaper VST2
GarageBand AU
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