VST virtual instruments store VSTBuzz opened free access to the Pulsar Audio Smasher plug-in (costing 49 euros).
Smasher was already offered for free earlier this year. If you missed this offer, there is still a chance to download this excellent Pulsar Audio UREI 1176LN emulation. The plugin recreates the “British mode” which is activated by simultaneously pressing all four buttons of the compression thresholds. This unusually aggressive compression perfectly reveals the attack of drums and bass guitars. Go to the online store, add the plugin to the “basket” and then enter the promotional code: freesmasher20. To activate, you will need to install iLok License Manager. The offer is valid until April 28, 2020.
Looking for a more aggressive alternative? Take a look at the bright RoughRider3 from Audio Damage, which is also available for free today.
More details: Pulsar Audio (distribution closed).