HorNet VCA

The dynamics toolkit

HoRNet VCAHoRNet VCA offer a toolkit for controlling the track level, it can work as a simple Voltage Controlled Amplifier using a control signal in it’s sidechain input.
Starting from there you can add functionality like an envelope follower on the control signal, with attack and release ranging from 1ms to 3000ms or an RMS module.
The VCA acts only if the control signal is above the set threshold that goes from -80dB to 0dB, above this threshold positive or negative gain, which can be scaled by a specific control, is applied.
You can also transform VCA in a complete compressor or expander using its input or its output as control signal for feedback or feedforward compression/expansion.
Summing it up VCA is:

  • A volume control tool with optional RMS detection and attack and release settings.
  • A feed forward compressor with optional RMS detection and external sidechain.
  • A feedback compressor with optional RMS detection and external sidechain.
  • An expander with optional RMS detection.

Versatile volume toolkit

The HoRNet VCA is for you tweakers, it allows complex automation of signal level, working similar to the AutoGain, but in a more general way think of it as the VCA element in a console, or a synth, just change the gain of your tracks using any reference signal: a kick, a synth, a slow moving LFO, anything really.

And since the VCA is the core of a compressor, of course you get a compressor construction toolkit that allows you to create RMS compressors, feedback compressors, aggressive or more relaxed ones, just activate the internal reference and set the reversed gain. The scale factor now acts as a ratio control, have fun.

hornet vca gain viewVisual gain display

The HoRNet VCA provides a very handy visual gain display graph that updates over time, instead of using a standard instantaneous gain meter that only gives you the gain reading at a specific point in time.

The HoRNet VCA has a superior gain display that gives you a visual representation of the gain changes applied by the plugin

Video overview

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Demo limitation

The demo is fully functional except for the fact that every now and then it will silence out, you cannot save parameter values with your session and the plugin will not respond to automation coming from the host.


  • internal (input and output) and external reference
  • positive and negative gain adjustment with gain scaling
  • absolute or relative gain detection
  • optional envelope detector with times raging from 1ms to 3000ms
  • optional RMS detection
  • graphical gain adjustment display
  • Mac OS X (>=10.7) and Windows support
  • 64bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows
  • Audio Units VST2.4, VST3 and RTAS format

Copy protection

The HoRNet VCA has no copy protection, I don’t believe in copy protection, they are always cracked and they are annoying for the users, we all know you are not going to give away the plugin on the internet…

So simply download the plugin and enjoy your recordings!

2 thoughts on “HoRNet VCA

Erik Nilsson says:

Very cool, I use this to layer noise and field recording so that they follow the volume of the main layer. A bargain!

Brad says:

Just purchased this one. Cool little plug-in. Does what the description says it does. Works sort of like a compressor with some additional features not included with traditional compressors. Thus far I have tried in on a snare and guitar track in a session I am currently working on finishing. I personally liked the results it produced best on the snare. Good buy at the price to include in your plug-in arsenal.

A word of caution though, I use Pro Tools and did not realize there is not an AAX version of the plug-in until after I purchased it, so make sure if you use Pro Tools you have a plug-in that makes it possible to use vsts in Pro Tools. Stagecraft's Universal Plug is probably the most affordable solution out there, though there are alternatives such as Blue Cat's PatchWorks among various others.

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