Native Instruments Releases Free Compressor Plugin, Supercharger, For Mac & Windows

SUPERCHARGER_overview-03Native Instruments has releases a free compressor plugin for Mac & Windows, Supercharger.

Here’s what they have to say about the free compressor plugin:

Supercharger is dripping with the high-octane attitude of a one-of-a-kind tube compressor, with an intelligent interface designed for supreme ease of use.

Key Features:

  • The harmonic-rich sound of pure tube compression
  • One-knob design for ultra-fast results
  • Create any effect from subtly warm to brutally crushed


  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Supported interfaces: AU, VST, RTAS, AAX 32- and 64-bit

It’s a free download (email required) from the Native Instruments site.

21 thoughts on “Native Instruments Releases Free Compressor Plugin, Supercharger, For Mac & Windows

  1. arrgh! no 10.6.8! I understand there are workarounds, and I understand ni doesn’t want to beta test everything, but that kinda blows…

      1. well for a couple of reasons not really. A lot of people have a system that will not run it (I am not one of them), I have a fairly complicated rig with outboard gear and a/d converters etc that are not yet stable with maverick at all, and 10.6.8 is known as the most stable of all osx’s for music production at this time, and if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it. For your average kid with his laptop, it’s great that maverick is working great, and I applaud that it hasn’t been the nightmare I feared… but it far from just plug and play right now. So it is a legitimate concern.

        1. I run Ableton Live 9.1 with Mavericks on a desktop computer. I haven’t had any issue. I wasnt aware of the problems you mentionned.

          Anyhow, i just tested the NI compressor; like others have commented, it’s ok but not great. It will not replace anything i have. Cheers!

          1. yeah, unfortunately there are enough issues with enough of my stuff that I haven’t even bothered to go to Mountain Lion (except my laptop, which I don’t use with much outboard stuff)…. oh well. One of these days I will be brave and update (after CCC’ing my boot drive), but even that won’t really help because things like A/D’s will require firmware updates that won’t roll back or be happy if i have to roll back for some reason or another… so it goes, bleeding edge my ass! 🙂 cheers to you!

      2. I had to update from 10.6.8 to Mavericks for Maschine 2.0 and I’ve really been hating Mavericks. The Mail app is always causing problems, even though they claim they’ve fixed it, and sometimes I close my laptop and then the next morning I find it sitting there with the fans blasting on high, like it’s been up all night going crazy.

        So… there are reasons to avoid it.

      1. And compressors aren’t supposed to be “exciting.” They’re a tool, not really an effect (although they can be used that way). Hammers and pliers aren’t exciting, but when you need them, nothing else will do.

        1. I go it because I am curious. I do not find compressors in general very interesting. And I did not say they were not useful. THAT does make sense.

          1. Most beat driven electronic music sounds pretty bad without some compression. Personally, i think just about any song sounds better with at least some compression. Try not to think about it as an effect per se (though it can be used to extremes if you want).

            Though I suppose it’s possible your either a bit new to music production or your just being a contrarian (not meant to be offensive btw, just a thought).

            1. Hi, I’ve been making electronic music since 1993, but I never found that compression did improve anything noticeably. it’s really subtle, so I prefer to concentrate on producing and inventing, and if used compressor, it would be to apply a really noticeable effect. Mind you, I do find that multi band compressors are really good tools. They drive clarity, at least for me. So to all “compressor” users, no offense, it’s not my cup of tea and so far, I have not been wowed by compression and nobody managed to convince me. It’s too subtle for my judgement, and when working I try not to listen to tracks for too long to keep ears fresh and need for punch, I’d let this appreciation to the engineers…

              1. to each his own! :), that’s why there is so many different sounds and kind of music. I happen to find compression essential for most stuff I do, but lived for years without it as well and did just fine.

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