Creating the Xfer Records OTT in Fabfilter Pro-MB

Xfer Records gives away a free plugin effect called OTT that is a three band compressor. It performs upward and downward compression and is a recreation of the Ableton Live OTT setting  (Over the Top) in their compressor.

I like it because it gives a bright and vibrant sound quality to any track it is applied. Also, it is free.

But, I wanted more control like I can get from Fabfilter’s Pro-MB multi-band compressor. So, I set out to replicate it. I found it quite easy once you know what the OTT is doing:

  • The main function is upward compression. This means raising the levels of the quiet signals below the threshold level, bringing out the usually quiet high frequencies. This makes a brighter sound possible.
  • Raise the quiet signals. The highs are brought up so you can hear the detail in the quiet parts.
  • Keep the lows, mids, and highs even through compression, keeping their levels consistent.

There’s a link at the bottom of the page to get the presets I’ve made.

Here is what I did in Pro-MB:

  1. Applied upward compression to the high frequencies.
  2. Applied downward compression to the mids.
  3. Applied expansion to the lows.

This one pictured below works quite well! It is not exactly it, but I like it a lot! (Maybe more than I like OTT.) I made more. See below for a link to where you can download them.

Here is a link to get the presets I’ve made for Pro-MB that approximate the OTT sound: