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It's all about the sound
The most prominent feature of I Heart NY 2 is its sound. Offering its own unique sonic signature I Heart NY 2 produces a careful but vigorous mixture of algorithmic precision and analogue-inspired non-linearity.
I Heart NY 2 is engineered especially for contemporary mixes that require loudness and impact without a loss of clarity but takes its inspiration from old-school DBX-style compressors from the 80s and 90s. These old compressors were basic and affordable but had an aggressive nature that wasn't matched by the more sophisticated compressors of the time, and are still used today for this very reason. I Heart NY 2 is inspired by this aggression but applies it to a modern effect with all the benefits of contemporary plugins. Featuring precision control, high-fidelity sonic quality and complex algorithmic features that don't destroy the signal even at high compression levels I Heart NY 2 is a powerful compression tool.
Internal parallel processing routing
I Heart NY 2 produces high-quality and aggressive parallel compression effects through a simple and intuitive user interface; automatically splitting any incoming audio into two duplicates. One signal remains dry while the other is subjected to high levels of compression. I Heart NY 2 then presents you with its XY pad to take control over the balance of the two signals on the vertical axis and the compression amount of the wet track on the horizontal axis so that you can operate the most important controls with a single motion. While you operate I Heart NY 2's XY pad there is an autogain algorithm working to give you a consistent output level. You also retain control over the effect of the autogain with an adjustable slide to tweak I Heart NY 2's gain levels. While adjusting the XY pad an Adjusted Gain Reduction (AGR) value is displayed; taking into account current gain reduction and dry/wet balance that provides a value for compression intensity, so you can achieve surgical precision over exact amounts of compression.
Designed to be fast and intuitive but offering a comprehensive set of parameters that can be accessed through the tweak panel I Heart NY 2 gives you full control over the compressor.
A tweak panel features typical compressor controls such as attack and release or ratio but also offers a range of less common parameters for a nuanced touch. Emphasize attack transients in the compressed track with the "Punch" parameter, introduce harmonic saturation with the "Harmonics" parameter and add a custom 'smiley EQ curve' that brings out lows and highs for a present compressed signal with the "Shape" parameter. Furthermore, control whether the compressor works hardest on the high or low end of your signal with the "Tilt" parameter and finally the "Lo + Hi Preserve" parameter prevents the low and high frequencies from being compressed above or below the cutoff points.
I Heart NY 2 comes complete with a range of features that improve workflow and accessibility. These include 1x, 2x and 4x oversampling modes to ensure that you can push compression without any aliasing effects while balancing CPU performance. Typical solo, default save, reset default, bypass and resize features provide simple but necessary access options and a tooltip toggle provides explanations of each parameter as you use the plugin so you never got lost within I Heart NY 2's interface.
A selection of mouse controls are also present so that you can access precise finetuning and navigate I Heart NY 2 quickly and easily.
"I Heart NY was my favourite Baby Audio Plugin so IHNY-2 had a lot to live up to and it did not disappoint. It's the sound and soul of I Heart NY, but allows you to deep dive into tweaking how it shapes and colours the sound. An absolute must-have that's going to live on my drum bus for a while." - David Nakaju (Grammy Nominated Mix Engineer for Post Malone, Aminé, Lil Eazzyy)
"I fell in love with IHNY-2 instantly. Not only does it do a marvellous job as a parallel compressor, it also functions so well as a parallel harmonic exciter and EQ." - Matt Sim (Grammy Nominated Mixer for Nicki Minaj, The Chainsmokers, Gucci Mane)
"Being able to really hone in on parallel compression is what separates the amateurs from the pros. The fact you can now do it in one plugin is awesome! I love how wild you can crush a signal but then only subtly blend that in with the dry signal, adds so much life to a sound without killing the dynamics, amazing work! This will be a go-to within my workflow!" - M-Phazes (Producer for Eminem, Madonna, Noah Cyrus, Demi Lovato)
- Unique and punchy parallel compression
- Control the most important controls with one motion on the XY pad
- Autogain algorithm for consistent output while tweaking parameters
- Adjusted Gain Reduction (AGR) monitor
- Comprehensive compressor parameters
- Harmonic saturation controlled by gain-reduction
- Custom 'smiley EQ curve' to bring out lows and highs and make the compressed signal more present
- Tilt controls for precision frequency control
- Lo and Hi frequency preservation
- 1x, 2x or 4x oversampling modes
- Several quality-of-life features
- Offers a unique sonic signature
- Designed with modern genres in mind
- Nostalgic quality to DBX-style units of the 80s and 90s
- Operating system:
- Mac: macOS 10.7+ including Catalina, Big Sur and Native Mac M1 compatibility
- Windows: 64bit Windows 7+
- Mac: AU, AAX, VST or VST3
- Windows: AU, AAX, VST or VST3
- Product code: 1246-2363