Fabfilter is one of the go-to companies when it comes to workhorse mix tools; Volcano is one of the best filters on the market, Pro-Q is one of the best EQs and, likewise, Pro-C is one of the best all-round compressors.
If you were forced to pick just one compressor to do everything, Pro-C would be a solid choice. The secret to its versatility is the inclusion of three different compressor styles within one plugin interface. Clean mode is “an allround, low distortion, feedforward, program dependent, soft knee style”, Classic mode is “a vintage, feedback, very program dependent style”, while Opto is “a relatively slow, very soft knee, more linear opto style”. In total, the three modes provide all the sonic range you need to process almost any kind of signal, from individual drum hits to vocals, basslines and stereo mixes.
If you were forced to pick just one compressor to do everything, Pro-C would be a solid choice.
Pro-C also has one of the most intuitive user interfaces you’ll come across, with scrolling real-time waveform displays of the level of gain reduction and the impact of the compression on the signal. As such it’s a great way to learn about the effect compression has on sounds, visualising the impact as you adjust parameters. If you’re also looking for a more specialist limiter to use alongside Pro-C, the Pro-L plugin is well worth a look.