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Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

VST, AU, etc. plug-in Virtual Effects discussion

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1581 posts since 14 Mar, 2002, from Seattle, WA - USA

Postby Tronam; Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:07 am Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

Agreed wrote:is The Glue really as good as people say it is? This is 2014, not... whatever year it was released, I don't think there's even a little bit of hype left so I am left to assume that it really is just that good. I've got several takes on the SSL Bus Comp thing that all sound really good to me, but is The Glue genuinely the ultimate emulation? I could use that sound if it really, really is... Somebody or somebodies want to fill me in?

It really is that good and was the first time I finally understood why the venerable SSL bus compressor is so well regarded. Its ability to handle complex, transient heavy multi-tracked material is impressive and extended even further by the range control feature which I've rarely seen on other compressors. Zero latency operation, built-in parallel mix control, nice soft clipping and extremely fast attack times without artifacts don't hurt either. Ableton incorporating it into Live 9 was a seriously classy move. It doesn't blow me away on single instrument tracks, but it's perfectly capable there too unless you want something with more obvious colorful character.
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Postby Monkberry; Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:33 am Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

PSP Old Timer ME gets used a lot here. Also just started using Slate VBC compressors for various duties. Klanghelm DC8C2 and Waves SSL 4000 on occasion. Used to use UAD LA2A, 1176, LA3A, and Fairchild but after upgrading computer, I have to buy into one of the current DSP cards and I found other native alternatives. Miss the Plate 140 reverb and some of the compressors though.
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Postby 4damind; Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:34 pm Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

For me it's the Sonalksis SV 315 Mk2. For newer released plug-ins NI/Softube eg. the VC 2A (LA2A).
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Postby AC222; Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:52 pm Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

Darkle wrote:If allowed just one, it would have to be the RND Portico 5043.
Great for every individual track, and amazing on the mix buss!
Adds a touch of magic while mastering as well.

+ 1. For a software compressor, I think this is as good as it gets on the mix buss. My personal fav and I think warrants the asking price. It responds and reacts like hardware. Maybe not quite as much usable range as hardware to be used on extreme settings but I can't imagine getting better than this.
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Postby codec_spurt; Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:33 pm Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

You'll be pleased to know, I'm knocking it all on the head.
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Postby fedexnman; Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:24 pm Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

I think TDR feedback compressor is ONE of the best so be it free or not . I also like the Glue .
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Postby Kristian; Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:54 am Re: Best Compressor Plugins in 2014?

Depends on what I'm doing.

I still use the Waves Renaissance Comp for vocals, have been since 2006.

For sidechaining, I use Logic's or Cubase' own, as they seem to do a simple and effective job.

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