Focusrite – Midnight Compressor

Again I will start with.. 

” Focusrite’s new Midnight plug-in suite takes two of the most iconic Focusrite modules of all time – the ISA110 equaliser and ISA130 compressor; models their sound exactly with powerful DSP technology; and gives them elegant, functional on-screen front panels that make them simplicity itself to use. Now you can add that authentic, classic Focusrite sound to your own tracks at a price you can afford. Your productions have never sounded so good.”

Settings used for the measurements Above

If you are new to the lab post ,read this


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Well Flat, the only downside was that the makeup gain steps just wouldn’t fine align that’s why it’s slightly below, right away the DSC will be linear aswell.



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Alright let me give you some basic understanding of what you see, you either see a modeled THD which is so low you can’t even consider it THD, or harmonics created by only the compression which is a ”natural” phenomenon … I could have just ruled this THD off because of its Klirr, but instead I will proceed, in order to educate in something new.

Q: OMG do you mean digital can sound analogue by itself, because compressing digitally can create harmonics? And this is what we are looking for in this graph right? :O

A: No because here is what happens, Harmonics/Harmonic Distortion created by hard/soft clipping and compression are static in almost all level values, unlike analogue which has a very defined value for  each magnitude that interacts altogether. Digital has a static form in almost all magnitude points.

So is this a modeled THD or just a Compression Sideffect?

In order to be able to find this out, we need to create a dynamic test in the next test you can see the interaction of the THD from -18dB to +18dB

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Yeap, this comfirms my suspicion, this is digital compression sideffects. In other words no analogue modeling THD.




This is a digital Softknee Compressor




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