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Multiband Compressor block

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Available on which Fractal Audio products

  • Axe-Fx III: 2 blocks
  • Axe-Fx II: 2 blocks
  • AX8: no
  • FX8: no

X/Y and channels

  • Axe-Fx III: 2 channels
  • Axe-Fx II: no
  • AX8: n/a
  • FX8: n/a

What does the Multiband Compressor do

A multiband compressor (MBC) consists of multiple compressors working in parallel, each operating on a separate band of frequencies. Fractal Audio's Multiband Compressor blocks contains 3 compressors. These compressors work independently, so "pumping" in one band does not affect the others. An MBC is often used as a mastering tool.

More information in the Owners Manuals

Multiband compression in Wikipedia

Leon Todd's tutorial on applying Andy Sneap's multicompression trick to improve palm muting

Configuring the Multiband Compressor

In-depth programming of the Multiband Compressor is possible, but even at default settings it's performing fine.

Leon Todd shows how to dial in the MBC for high-gain tones

Parameters table

Parameter Axe-Fx III Axe-Fx II AX8, FX8
Crossover Frequency yes n/a
Frequency Range yes n/a
Threshold yes n/a
Ratio yes n/a
Attack yes n/a
Release yes n/a
Level yes n/a
Detector yes n/a
Mute yes n/a
Crossover Slope yes n/a