Kush Audio says Silika Compressor is “sonically identical” to analogue

It comprises a diode saturation stage and a compression stage.

Kush Audio has announced the Silika Compressor, which the brand boldly claims is “sonically identical” to the analogue compressors it’s based on.

Unlike some plug-ins which model real pieces of analogue gear, the Silika is not an emulation of any particular real-life compressor. Instead, it aims to portray a “particular flavour of vintage compressors” known for its clipping characteristics.

Signals first pass through a diode saturation stage – which borrows characteristics from a vintage ADR Compex compressor and a Neve 2254 circuit. Kush claims that this “complex harmonic distortion generator” is what makes the Silika sound so distinctly analogue.

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After the diode stage, signals pass through the compressor, which offers a standard fare of controls, including four selectable ratios, attack and release controls and a threshold knob. There’s also a mix control, which blends compressed signals with the output of the diode stage – not dry input.

Silika also has an internal side-chain, which gives you a high-pass filter and a bell-EQ boost for frequencies sitting in the 2.6-10kHz range. You can also take the compressor into more extreme territory with the inbuilt ‘Fury’ mode, which multiplies all parameters – from input to attack and release times – by 10. Kush remarks that this is somewhat similar to the all-in mode of the 1176 rack compressor.

Take a listen to Silika in action below.

Silika runs on macOS 10.13 and Windows 8 and up, and comes in VST, AAX and AU formats (64 bit).

Silika is priced at $99 standalone but is also included in Kush’s Complete Bundle subscription service, which costs $9.99 a month. There’s also a free demo available on Kush Audio’s website – which lets you decide with your own ears if the Silika is as analogue-sounding as they claim.

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