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:
- Applied upward compression to the high frequencies.
- Applied downward compression to the mids.
- 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: https://gum.co/DnGMz