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BABY Audio €? I Heart NY Parallel Compressor V1.0.0 VST, VST3, AAX, AU X86, X64

BABY Audio I Heart NY Parallel Compressor v1.0.0 VST, VST3, AAX, AU x86, x64

If you are looking for a simple and powerful plugin that can add presence and weight to your tracks, you might want to check out BABY Audio's I Heart NY Parallel Compressor. This plugin is designed to give you the classic 'New York style' parallel compression technique in a single knob. In this article, we will review the features and sound of this plugin and show you some examples of how it can enhance your mixes.


What is parallel compression?

Parallel compression is a production technique that involves blending a dry (uncompressed) signal with a heavily compressed version of the same signal. This way, you can retain the dynamics and transients of the original sound while adding loudness and punch from the compressed signal. Parallel compression is also known as New York compression, as it was popularized by some of the big-name engineers in the city in the 1990s.

Parallel compression can be used on individual tracks or on buses (groups of tracks) to create fatter and more powerful sounds. It is especially effective on drums, bass and vocals, as it can make them stand out in the mix without losing their natural character.

How does I Heart NY work?

I Heart NY is a plugin that simplifies the parallel compression workflow by creating a duplicate track of your audio within the plugin and applying heavy compression, EQ and some non-linear magic to it. You can then blend this parallel track with your dry signal using the 'SPANK' knob. The plugin deals with all the routing and processing internally, so you don't have to set up any additional tracks or buses in your DAW.

The 'SPANK' knob controls a complex algorithm that combines high-ratio compression with a transient-friendly envelope and a bit of EQ. It also applies a low-end preservation filter to the compressor's internal detection signal for that extra 'boom'. The result is a punchy and musical compression that can range from subtle tightness to pumping galore, depending on your taste.

I Heart NY also has a 'SOLO' mode that allows you to use the plugin as a regular insert compressor by muting the dry signal. This opens up more possibilities for using the 'SPANK' algorithm on your material.

What does I Heart NY sound like?

I Heart NY has a distinctive sonic signature that can add energy and 'slap' to your tracks. It can make your drums sound bigger and more aggressive, your bass sound fuller and more solid, and your vocals sound more upfront and present. It can also add some subtle saturation and harmonic distortion to your sounds, giving them more warmth and character.

Here are some audio examples of how I Heart NY can enhance different types of sounds:

  • [Impala Beat]: Listen how I Heart NY adds punch and weight to this hip-hop beat.

  • [Synth Bass]: Hear how I Heart NY makes this synth bass sound thicker and more powerful.

  • [Prefab Drums]: Notice how I Heart NY brings out the transients and adds excitement to these drums.

  • [Synth Pluck]: Observe how I Heart NY adds some edge and presence to this synth pluck.

  • [Hip Hop Beat]: Compare how I Heart NY enhances this hip hop beat with different settings of the 'SPANK' knob.

  • [Master Bus]: See how I Heart NY can be used on the master bus to glue the mix together and add some loudness.

How to get I Heart NY?

I Heart NY is available for Mac and PC in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats. You can buy it from [BABY Audio's website] for $29 or download a free demo version to try it out. The plugin is compatible with most DAWs such as Cubase, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Reaper and more.

If you are looking for a bigger and more advanced version of I Heart NY, you might want to check out [Parallel Aggressor], a plugin that offers two parallel engines (one for compression and one for saturation) and more features and controls.


I Heart NY is a plugin that makes parallel compression easy and fun. It can add punch, presence and weight to your tracks with a single knob. It has a unique and musical compression algorithm that can spice up your sounds without losing their dynamics. It is a great tool for enhancing drums, bass, vocals and even the master bus. If you are looking for a simple and powerful way to improve your mixes, you should give I Heart NY a try.


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