U-He has released a free public beta version of the forthcoming Presswerk compressor effect for Windows and Mac OS X based host applications. The current public beta is fully functional and it expires on December 26th.
Presswerk is described as a compressor “construction kit”. It features a set of compressor building blocks which allow the user to mix and match different components in order to create different types of compressors. The plugin also offers three different pre-made combinations (called views) which emulate three different classic compressor types. These pre-made views (optical leveling amplifier, FET compressor and tube limiter) can be fully re-created in normal mode.
Presswerk public beta is available for free download via KVR Audio (25 MB download size, ZIP archive, VST/AU plugin format for Windows and Mac OS X).