Pro Compressor


Shape and enhance tracks quickly

Shape sounds. Enhance tracks. And breathe new life into your mixes with Pro Compressor, a high-quality AAX plug-in that delivers exceptional sound quality and DSP efficiency. Based on the Avid Channel Strip plug-in, which emulates the coveted dynamics characteristics of the renowned Avid System 5 console, Pro Compressor goes even further.

This incredibly flexible compressor gives you five compression modes, powerful sidechain targeting, and even parallel signal blending. Unique SMART compression mode automatically morphs signals between compression modes—so you can quickly optimize the compression for mono and multichannel material. And AAX DSP optimization lets you handle monster-sized Pro Tools | HDX mixes with ease.

Pro Compressor is included with the Pro Tools | HD All Access Bundle and requires an Annual Upgrade and Support Plan for Pro Tools | HD to access and use.


  • Four advanced compression detectors, plus a unique SMART mode

    Average detector levels sounds by calculating the average loudness. Peak detector optimizes sounds based on a set threshold. Fast peak detector smooths transient-heavy tracks (such as drums) using faster attack and release times. RMS detector improves tracks with this great “all around” enhancer/optimizer. And SMART mode (default) breathes life into tracks fast, compressing tracks without distortion or pumping.

  • Q with side-chain control

    Target offending frequencies with ease to set up a de-esser, plosive remover, and more.

  • Mix

    Blend the compressed sound with the unprocessed input for more creative sound design, making parallel compression easier than ever.

  • PPM metering

    Get a more precise and responsive read on highly transient audio material.

  • Solo

    Isolate just the gain reduction part of your audio material, get a better understanding of what’s being compressed, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Front/rear linking mode

    Work with surround sound material more easily and link channels for more consistent level management.

System requirements

 OS Windows 8, Windows 7 
 OS Mac OS 10.11.x, Mac OS 10.10.x, Mac OS 10.9.x, Mac OS 10.8.x. Mac OS 10.7.x 
 Pro Tools Pro Tools 12.x, Pro Tools 11.x, Pro Tools 10.x  
 Sample Rate Support Max Rate: 192k 
 Copy Protection Requires iLok2 


 AAX Native 64
 AAX AudioSuite 64
 AAX Native 32
 AAX AudioSuite 32



Attention Developers

Interested in creating and selling your own effects, plugins, and connectors? Learn more about our Developer Program