Fabfilter Pro MB

Fabfilters have recently brought out a new member to their every growing software plugin family in the form of the Pro MB which is essentially a Multiband Compressor. Multiband compression works by segregating frequencies in relation to where they are on the frequency spectrum (20 Hz – 20 kHz). Each of the signals is then ran through its own compressor and can then parameters an controls (threshold, ratio, attack, and release) adjusted as seen fit.

Whats separates Fabfilters to others on the market is its Dynamic Phase mode. This means whilst its frequency response works in a traditional way resulting in no latency or artefacts occurs when the gain is adjusted. All this can be applied across 6 individual bands.

As we all their plugins the interface is clear an easy on the eye and it needs to be particularly as multiband compressors are renowned as been difficult to setup. When stocked up with 6 bands spanning the frequency spectrum with the option of crossover things could get a bit daunting but alas it is not an issue.

Personally im a big fan of this company and use several of their plugins regularly on my productions and with the Pro MB consistency in quality is achieved again.

  • Up to six processing bands, freely placed anywhere in the spectrum

  • Bands can be easily snapped together to form a traditional crossover system

  • Unique Dynamic Phase processing mode featuring zero latency, no static phase changes and no pre-ringing artifacts

  • Excellent Linear Phase processing mode, eliminating audible artifacts when quickly changing crossover frequencies

  • Minimum Phase processing mode

  • Handles any form of dynamics processing, from highly transparent compression, limiting and expansion to pumping upward compression and punchy gating

  • Fully customizable per band: threshold, range, attack, release, output gain, ratio, variable knee, lookahead (up to 20 ms), variable stereo linking, mid- or side-only processing, external side chain input, triggering on a separate frequency range

  • Steepness of each crossover slope can be freely adjusted between 6 dB/oct and 48 dB/oct

  • Intelligent, highly program- and frequency-dependent attack and release curves

  • Global dry/wet mix from 0% to 200% to easily scale the total effect of the plug-in

  • Unique interactive multiband display, designed for an optimal workflow

  • Accurate and smooth real-time frequency analyzer with pre- and post-processing options and ‘freeze’ feature

  • High-quality audio processing algorithms with 64-bit internal processing where needed

  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling

  • Band solo/mute and bypass options

  • Precise output metering

  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration

  • Double-click text entry of parameter values

  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available

  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces

  • MIDI Learn

  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison

  • Smart Parameter Interpolation

  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters

  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints

  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only)