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“Compression really is the salt of music mixing. It’s the ultimate tool of a mix engineer and the Vulf Compressor is a really boutique, top-shelf Himalayan pink sea salt. This can really change the direction of a song. It’s kind of a one-trick pony in the best sense, in that it gives our songs a really distinct sound and some people will just put it on the entire track. It’s been a really cool addition to people finding out about Vulfpeck through this plugin. I really believe in it. We would not be selling it or commanding that price if it wasn’t a total game changer.”

Jack Stratton

“On the outside it may look like a Volvo, but under the hood it’s a monster truck!!”

Michael Brauer

“I bought the compressor.”

John Mayer

Sometime around the turn of the century, an unknown Japanese DSP engineer engineered a radically weird compression algorithm for the Boss SP-303 Dr. Sample Sampler.

Years passed, and this “Vinyl Sim” compression languished in obscurity, a dark art known only to practitioners of instrumental beatmaking, producers like J Dilla and Madlib.

But then Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton read about the compression algorithm on a forum and enlisted two friends, Devin Kerr and Rob Stenson (co-founders of Goodhertz), to bring that algorithm to life in a digital form.

But Devin did more than just bring it to life — he expanded the algorithm, fine-tuned the sound, perfected its oddity.

And now that compression is the Vulf Compressor.

Vulf Compressor in use

June 26, 2020

HAIM - I've Been Down

“I’ve Been Down” features Wow Control and Vulf Compressor on the keys to recreate the sound of “an old or sampled recording.”

May 1, 2020

Dua Lipa - Don’t Start Now

Vulf Compressor was featured on Dua Lipa’s lead vocal on her multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated single, “Don’t Start Now.”

May 18, 2018


“There’s also another ghost snare, the ‘vibe perc snare’, on which I have the Vulf, which is a very vibey, slightly vintage‑sounding compressor, which can sound brutal. Sometimes brutal is good! It has a great sound to it, and it is compressing the room” — James F. Reynolds (Mix Engineer)

March 29, 2017

Holy Trinities: Tambourine

Vulf Compressor gets a shout-out in this video from Jack Stratton on his three favorite tambourinists.

Nov. 8, 2015

A Brief History of Vulf Compressor

In a short podcast, Jack Stratton tells the story of the Vulf Compressor from inception to realization.

April 16, 2015

“Cars Two” (Trem Ctrl → Vulf Compressor → Faraday Limiter)

Manipulating the opening drum sample of Vulfpeck’s “Cars Two” with a chain of very intense Goodhertz plugin processing.

June 25, 2014

Vulf Compressor Demo 001

The very first demo of Vulf Compressor, from the spiritual guide behind its development, Jack Stratton