FabFilter Pro-C 2 is a professional compressor plug-in with versatile side chain and routing options, high-quality sound and an innovative interface.
FabFilter Pro-C 2 is a high-quality compressor plug-in for the most demanding engineers. Whether you need subtle mastering compression, an upfront lead vocal, that magic drum glue or deep EDM pumping: Pro-C 2 gets the job done with style!
Everything you need
Pro-C 2 offers eight different, program-dependent compression styles with beautiful sound and character. But there’s more! Apart from the classic compressor controls, you also get smooth lookahead, up to 4x oversampling, intelligent auto-gain and auto-release, a variable knee, hold, range, external side-chain triggering, variable stereo linking and mid/side processing, all packed in a beautiful Retina user interface.
Beautiful interface and optimized workflow
The fully redesigned interface in FabFilter Pro-C 2 offers insightful metering with real-time displays that will greatly improve workflow. The large animated level/knee display visualizes exactly when, why and how compression is applied to incoming audio. Accurate level meters show the exact peak and loudness values, while the circular side-chain input meter turns finding the perfect threshold setting into a trivial task. And the large side-chain EQ controller makes it easier than ever to filter the trigger signal any way you like.
Of course, you also get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample-accurate automation, advanced optimization and much more!
FabFilter Pro-C 2 Key features
Eight different compression styles, of which five are new in version 2: Vocal, Mastering, Bus, Punch and PumpingNEW
Gorgeous Retina interface, with (optional) animated level knee displays and accurate peak/loudness meteringNEW
Side-chain EQ section, with customizable HP and LP filters, plus an additional freely adjustable filterNEW
Program-dependent attack and release curves
Smooth lookahead (up to 20 ms), which can be enabled/disabled to ensure zero latency processingNEW
Intelligent Auto Gain
Hold (up to 500 ms)NEW
Custom knee, variable from hard knee to a 72 dB soft knee (to enable saturation-like effects)NEW
Super-fast attack times
Up to 4x oversamplingNEW
Variable stereo linking and mid/side processing, with mid-only, side-only, M > S and S > M processing.
Audition Triggering option, which enables users to hear on which parts of the audio Pro-C 2 is triggering and how much compression is taking placeNEW
Multiple interface sizes: Small, Medium and LargeNEW
Range setting, which limits the maximum applied gain changeNEW
Mix setting, which scales the gain change from 0% to 200%NEW
Full Screen mode, offering a large level display and side-chain EQ controllerNEW
Accurate, large level and gain change meters, with peak and loudness level visualization. The loudness level complies with the Momentary mode of the EBU R128 / ITU-R 1770 standardsNEW
Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on WindowsNEW
External side chain triggering
GPU-powered graphics acceleration
Stereo and mono plug-ins available
Optional MIDI triggeringNEW
Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
Undo/redo and A/B comparison
Smart Parameter Interpolation
Sample-accurate automation of all parameters
Extensive help file with interactive help hints
Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only)
All FabFilter plug-ins are available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native, and AudioSuite formats.
Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
Mac OS X
macOS 10.12 or higher (64-bit only)
Audio Units host, VST 2/3 host, or Pro Tools.
Intel or Apple Silicon processor
All plug-ins updated
Dec 13, 2021
All FabFilter plug-ins have been updated with bug fixes and improvements. This update is free for existing customers and we recommend everyone to update to the latest plug-in versions. So what’s new?
Improved rotational drag mode for knobs to avoid unexpected sudden changes.
For newly installed plug-ins on Mac, factory presets will now be saved in the user’s Documents folder, in FabFilter/Presets.
Fixed issues with text input for controls when running in Pro Tools, on macOS Big Sur and Monterey.
Improved Full-Screen mode on Mac when using multiple monitors: the menu bar and the dock will now remain visible on other monitors. Fixed an issue with Timeless 3 and Volcano 3 where dialogs (e.g. Save As for presets) would not show up in Full-Screen mode. The camera area on a 16″ MacBook Pro will not overlap the full-screen area anymore.
Fixed a bug that caused keyboard shortcuts (e.g. the space bar) not to work in Reaper on Windows after using the mouse wheel and not moving the mouse.
The Windows installers now remember the VST2 folder location that was last used.
Pro-L 2: Fixed a small issue with higher oversampling rates (8x and more) wherein some very specific cases, True Peak limiting could introduce a bit more distortion than needed.
Timeless 3: Fixed an issue that could cause a crash when running at very high sample rates, which also caused VST3 validation in Digital Performer to fail.
Volcano 3: Fixed a possible crash when modulating curves routed in parallel.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new in v2.10?
Fixed an issue with text entry for parameters on macOS Catalina.
Fixed occasional crashes on macOS when loading projects in some DAWs (e.g. Logic Pro), related to having PACE-protected third-party plug-ins in the same session.
Fixed occasional crashes in Bitwig on macOS, when opening sessions that contain FabFilter VST3 plug-ins with side chain support.
Fixed interface scaling issues on macOS 10.14 and higher, when dragging a plug-in interface between Retina and non-Retina monitors.
All VST3 and AU plug-ins with now show up in the DAW without the ‘FabFilter ‘ or ‘FF ‘ prefix in their name.
On macOS, all plug-ins are now 64-bit only.
Minor bug fixes and improvements.
The updated plug-ins are fully compatible with previous versions.
What’s new in version 2.06?
Fixed possible crashes in Logic Pro X, which occasionally tries to initialize plug-ins with invalid/uninitialized buffers.
Fixed possible crash in Nuendo 7 on macOS when closing a plugin.
Fixed issues with key stroke stealing on Windows when using the Avid S6 control surface.
Fixed incorrect appearance of plug-in interfaces in Live 10 in High DPI mode.
The VST 2.4 plug-in will now automatically adapt its channel layout to match the audio/track it is placed on. Note that the separate “(Mono)” version of the plug-ins are still included for backwards compatibility.
Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when moving the mouse over the right edge of a menu with icons.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new in version 2.05?
Added a workaround for a bug in Ableton Live that caused latency compensation to work incorrectly when loading a session that sets the parameters such that the plug-in doesn’t have latency, in combination with a default preset that does introduce latency. This only occurred with the VST plugin format and caused Live to use the latency from the default preset.
Fixed a bug that caused the plug-in interface to use more memory than needed if the display was not enabled.
Updated the AAX plug-in to enable the dynamics display on the Avid S6 console.
Improved Avid S6 page tables mappings in the AAX plug-ins, now more closely following Avid’s conventions for a better workflow.
What’s new in version 2.01?
Pro-C 2, Pro-G: Added visualization of the plug-in input and output levels on Pro Tools control surfaces.
Pro-C 2, Pro-G: Fixed a bug that could cause the plug-in to stay in a triggered state if Enable MIDI is turned off while the plug-in is currently triggering on a MIDI note.
Updated plug-in for full compatibility with Mac hosts built specifically for macOS 10.14 (Mojave), such as Logic Pro 10.4.4, running under macOS 10.14.0 or 10.14.1. Previously this could lead to an all-black plugin interface.
Improved the way settings are saved when multiple plug-in instances are open to make sure the last setting that was chosen is saved correctly for new instances.
Added support for 300% scaling on 8K displays (High DPI) on Windows.
Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect scaling of the plug-in interface in Cubase 10 or Live 10 on High DPI displays in combination with certain graphics drivers on Windows.
Added a Refresh item to the Options submenu of the presets menu: this makes it possible to manually refresh the menu (and any V1/V2 Preset Folder submenus if available).
Fixed a bug on Mac that could cause program changes received by one plug-in to be forwarded to other FabFilter plug-in instances.
If you're looking for one place to learn about working with audio using Fabfilter tools, the new Fabfilter Learn page is where you want to be. It has written articles and videos to help you learn about Equalization, Compression, Reverb, Mixing and more.
Learn about types of compression; terminologies like attack and release, limiting, and compression ratio; compression in vocals and voiceovers; and third-party compression plug-ins. This is an overview, so there’s a lot that isn’t covered here, but this will hopefully give you some background for further exploration.
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