Vintage "levelling amp" style compressor.

(49 Votes)
1.1 (Updated 8 years ago)
November 06, 2011
Reaktor 5 or lower
Effect Dynamics


This is a faithful model of the (literally) legendary "Leveller" hardware compressor from the 60s. These units are extremely rare and collectable due to the fact that less than one of them was ever made and sold. On the plus side, this did make it possible for me to collect together ALL surviving examples, and thereby create a modelled vst version that is actually more like the original units than the original units were themselves.

The compressor can be gentle and subtle if you want it to be. But its more fun when you slam it hard, especially on drums.


* One knob compression: turn up the comp knob for more, turn it down for less.
* Optional soft clipping keeps your peaks below 0dBFS: turn up the Gain knob to drive it harder.
* Powerful envelope shaping, with no calibration for the time constants: use your ears!
* Series mode: mode "II" runs two L3V3LL3Rs in series for some serious smashing.
* Not that much cpu load at all really. Stick one on every track if you want....

This compressor is also available as a vst plugin (windows only) from http://www.platinumears.com/l3v3ll3r.html

This Reaktor port uses th exact same algorithm, but offers a few extra features:

* 64 bit internal resolution.
* 64 bit native (via the 64 bit Reaktor plugin).
* option to turn off stereo linking for dual mono compression.
* optional 4x oversampling for the saturation section (this can be combined with the native Reaktor oversampling for up to 16x oversampled saturation)

Last two features available via the back panel: click the L3V3LL3R logo.


Robin Necron
2 years ago
extremely good!
Andrew Emery
7 years ago
I like. Can really smash a drum mix, so might be good as a parallel compressor.
Anton Bös
7 years ago
Thank you for this, nice GUI and useful tool.
Ma. P.
8 years ago
Amazing FX. Very musical sound can be easily dialed. Highly recommended.
Dan Worrall
8 years ago
Thanks for the comments! "have you plan to release a new plug soon ?" Probably, but I don't release everything I make: just the stuff that's actually useful... "Any plans for a Reaktor version of IQ4 Dynamic EQ or the 5ORCERY compressor?" Yes, a Reaktor replacement for IQ4 is on the way. I would like to port 5ORCERY as well, but I need to do FL4TT3RY2 first as it uses the same compressor algo.
Paul Harding
8 years ago
brilliant and funny
James Elliott
8 years ago
This is great. Thank you. Any plans for a Reaktor version of IQ4 Dynamic EQ or the 5ORCERY compressor?
francois elie
8 years ago
funny..because i use your platinumear's plugs which are amongst the best freeware ! have you plan to release a new plug soon ? big thanks for your talent and your generosity .
V. G.
8 years ago
Thanks a bunch mister!
8 years ago
This is very nice. Thanks.