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SC4 is a stereo compressor with a variable envelope follower for RMS / peak behavior. Unlike the built-in Compressor, SC4 does not "look-ahead" in order to begin reducing volume before a peak occurs.

Accessed by: Effect > SC4...

Effect Settings


The balance between the RMS and peak envelope followers. The followers use the amplitude variation information in the waveform to affect the gain applied by the compressor. The RMS follower is generally better for subtle, musical compression and the peak follower is better for heavier, fast compression and percussion.

Attack time (ms)

How soon the compressor starts to compress the dynamics after the threshold is exceeded, in milliseconds.

Release time (ms)

How soon the compressor starts to release the volume level back to normal after the level drops below the threshold, in milliseconds.

Threshold level (dB)

The level at which the compressor will start to apply.

Ratio (1:n)

The gain reduction ratio used when the signal level exceeds the threshold level. Higher ratios reduce the gain more.

You must move this control from the default ratio of 1:1 for the effect to apply.

Knee radius (dB)

The distance from the threshold where the knee curve starts.

Makeup gain (dB)

The amount of gain added to the processed result.

Effect Output

Amplitude (dB)

After applying the effect, this displays what was the original RMS (dB) level of the selection before compression.

Gain reduction (dB)

Displays the degree of gain reduction that the effect applied to the original selection, in dB.

The Effect Output values are not editable and only change on applying the effect, so will appear as zero when you first open the effect. If you close and reopen the effect, the Amplitude (dB) always displays the input level prior to the last application of the effect, not the current RMS level of the selection.

Real-time preview

This effect supports Real-time preview - effect settings can be changed while playing and listening to the result in real-time. Text-based button controls are provided as in the image above. The Enable checkbox acts like a live "Bypass" control. Uncheck the checkbox unchecked checkbox Enable to hear the audio without the effect applied, and recheck the box checked checkbox Enable to hear the effect applied at its current settings.

The Manage button accesses choices to add, delete, import or export presets for this effect and to set options for this effect. For details see Manage presets.


Clicking on the command buttons give the following results:

  • Manage gives a dropdown menu enabling you to manage presets for the tool and to see some detail about the tool. For details see Manage presets.
  • Start Playback starts playback of the effect preview
  • Skip Backward skips forward through the effect preview
  • Skip Forward skips forward through the effect preview
  • checked checkbox Enable listen to the preview with and without the effect applied
  • OK applies the effect to the selected audio with the current effect settings.
  • Cancel aborts the effect and leaves the audio unchanged.
  • Help Button brings you to the appropriate page in the Manual, this page.


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