HCL Islander is a dual gain stage feeder with time controls that doesn’t get in the way. This is a classic vari-μ design filled with a gritty groove. This is a high-end clipper with added tonality options. This is your gain stage’s first or final step.
This is Islander – our take on Handcrafted Labs ingenious parallel tube driven design.
Naughty Dog, Ms. Lauryn Hill, MF DOOM, Kool G Rap, and more
HCL has been apart of my sound for a few years now, to have anything Gena makes as a plugin is beyond exciting. The Islander plugin delivers on everything you’d expect as a buss compressor. It’s even best out some of my favorite ITB comps for certain duties. I need more HCL plugins from Wavegrove…now. Lol
Computer musician, mastering engineer and Ableton Certified Trainer, Founding member of 3OP
Quite a wonderful compressor : while it can be set in a few clicks and work its magic already, I’m stunned by its flexibility and how you can dive deep and sculpt its dynamic behavior surgically. Tonally, it’s equally as versatile with very few controls, with lush box tone. Oh and don’t slip on its clipper !
Adrian Schinoff Studios, Latin Grammy nominated mixing engineer and composer of the ASCAP Pop Ballad of the Year winner
I’m in love with the plug in! Finally a compressor that sounds like a real thing!!
Niklas Silén / bManic
Beta testing, presets for industry leaders such as FabFilter, Tone Projects, Tokyo Dawn Labs, DMG Audio and many more.
This is an absolutely unique and superb plugin. You will not be able to duplicate it’s action and mojo with other tools. Believe me when I say that I’ve tried! That alone makes it extremely valuable in my opinion.
White Sea Studio
Wow! I’m really impressed – I can’t find anything to bitch about. They’ve done it really well – it’s a nice color box and I like how subtle it is.
Blackhead Studios, Berlin
Verdict after one week of work: very good control of movement and nice options for colour. Bass for the WIN 👍A tip to all Pro Tools users, load it in Metaplugin and off you go.
Producer, Mixing engineer, Helsinki Unity Music, Consultant at Universal Music Finland
I’ve had the honor to use Ukrainian HCL’s gear for 17 years. When I first heard what Islander does to the sound, I had to open the old mixes and mix again. The compression is warm and withstands even harder pushing. A really good addition is the saturation, which I used to get the necessary brightness for the song without eq. Likewise, the clipper provides appropriate aggressiveness when needed. Islander will be an important tool in my mixing kit.
The character offered by this compression / saturation / clipper is distinctive, and what we are looking for. It’s that ‘Glue compression’ you’re looking for, maybe it’s the mojo your mix or your tracks need, the necessary brightness for the song without eq. Likewise, the clipper on your master to get the desired LUFS level.
Heron Island Studio, Award winning mixing and mastering engineer
Islander has become one of my absolute goto mastering compressors. This compressor brings so many things to the table in one plugin and it does them all with such pristine sonic quality. It easily adds solid weight and punch while at the same time bringing out the energy of a song. It adds glue without sounding overdone and just as importantly it brings out the best parts of the tone of the music in a way I can’t get out of any other compressor.
Teemu “TB” Lampinen
Mixing and mastering engineer
Fun fact, I was the first who bought HCL Islander plugin.
Nowadays, Islander is always in my mastering chain. I really love how it colors my sound. With the clipper in Islander I can make music LOUD! I love this!
Soft Neon Audiovisual
HCL Islander really isn’t just another compressor. Truly delivering what it promises, usage varies from slight silky gluing to ultra-punishing and pummeling impacts, and does it all with ease. Delta mode and the clipper are my two favourite features, and this has been sitting on all of my drum busses since day one.
Dialing in the perfect compression with a tone flavour suitable for practically any use has really not felt this easy, 6/5.
Mastered with HCL Islander
A/B Test with original hardware
For the first time ever there is a Handcrafted Labs based plugin!
Handcrafted Labs is a Ukrainian high end audio company known worldwide for their tube equipment. Their bestseller devices such as Varis and Thermos can be found in numerous studios around the globe. Sergey Rakovich and Gennadii Burzak started their company over twenty years ago in Ukraine, Kiev and since the occupation of Crimea in 2014 they have relocated their business to more stable grounds.
Gennadii has worked in world class classical studios in Kiev as a main technician and his passion shows in every wiring he does. Point to point old school soldering combined with innovative ways to approach the modern needs of engineers.
Tommi Langen from Tape Over Mastering is a mixing and mastering engineer from Finland. His merits include nine #1 albums in Finnish national album chart, mixing and mastering of Emma and Teosto Award-winning records and over fourty releases that have gone gold, platinum or double platinum.
Tommi is also known for his solo music, co-founder of critically acclaimed group Ruger Hauer and in his downtime Langen has toured over forty countries as a FOH engineer. Langen has also wrote an album titled “Ukraina” in 2013.
Handcrafted Labs and Tommi share a long history together, but first and foremost it’s based on sound and engineering quality.
Version 1.2.6 – Update frameworks, fix crash reported on Cubase in Trial mode
Version 1.2.5 – Added noise variance control for compression, fixed bug in Channel bypasses from 1.2.3
Version 1.2.4 – Maintenance release, remove unused stuff
Version 1.2.3 – Fix for some DAWs that loaded the custom default preset on top of pre-existing instances of the plugin
Version 1.2.2 – Custom user preset saving, Delta mode fix for some DAWs
Version 1.2.1 – Further oversampling improvements, gain match accuracy improvement
Combined trial and full version
Added help menu with links to manual etc.
Added license deactivation feature under the same menu
Version 1.1.2 – Logic and StudioOne specific fixes
Version 1.1.1 – Added control link for SC Feed modes
Version 1.1.0 – Feature Creature
VU Meters completely redone with vector graphics. Smoother action, more accurate.
Input and Output gains added with +/- 16 dB of Gain on tap.
Smoother clipper action at insane gain levels. ( -1.8 LUFS without compensation etc. )
Compressor topology update for feed modes
Sidechain FF/FB (legacy mode from earlier when used with FF comp mode)
Plugin scale recall
Improvements to sidechaining circuit
Ease of use improvements for Activation
CTRL Link on by default
Made UI scaler area more visible
Fixed issue with sidechaining at 96kHz and above.
Changes to how the Trial works.
Fixed rare issue where activation would open the URL again once returning to the plugin.
Decreased the click area size of the info/manufacturer links.
Set the saturation knobs to 0 in the Factory Default preset.
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