The smart:comp User Guide

June 24, 2019 | Tutorial

smart:comp tackles well-known compression challenges in a precise, time-saving and user-friendly manner, and contains fine-tuning features that create incredible definition and clarity in audio tracks. On this page you will find very helpful information about how to use smart:comp.

smart:comp comes with a lean and intuitive user interface that allows for easy handling of this high-tech tool. The main features – time-domain compression and the spectral compression – are apparent at first glance. The learning button for initiating automatic parametrization and spectral compression, profiles and the smart:state button are placed on top. Amongst others, you’ll find the switch for sidechain ducking and the auto gain button on the bottom of the plug-in. And there is a lot more to discover in smart:comp – let’s start.

You can download the smart:comp manual with very detailed information about the features of the plug-in on our support page.

The first steps with smart:comp’s main features are shown in this video.

How to use smart:comp’s spectral ducking in sidechain mode

Discover helpful control elements of smart:comp.



  • added setting to enable/disable OpenGL rendering and automatic failover if OpenGL is unavailable
  • fixed spurious crashes after several hours of processing
  • improved undo handling
  • various UI and DSP performance enhancements


  • fixed spurious crashes when closing Cubase 10 on Win10x64
  • fixed issues when loading fresh instance in Cakewalk
  • fixed various little UI display bugs and improved graphics performance


  • fixed problem recalling the auto-gain state
  • fixed possible interruption of audio playback when opening settings dialog
  • fixed mono-meter issue in Nuendo
  • added tooltips
  • fixed various UI state recall issues
  • improved graphics performance and fixed possible issue when closing multiple editor instances