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The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on a cross between an E and G series SSL 4000 buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It's quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface.
Additions include an ultra-fast attack time of up to 0.01mS and a Range knob which backs off the compression to give incredibly natural sounding attacks and limits the maximum amount of compression applied. Also included are external sidechain support and an adjustable side-chain highpass filter.
- Accurate analog model of an SSL 4000 buss compressor.
- Ultra-fast attack time of up to 0.01 mS.
- Range knob to naturally control the maximum compression applied.
- Peak Clip to optionally hard shape transients.
Reviewed By Rabid
November 13, 2012
My approach to compression and The Glue is very different than the first two reviewers. My experience with finalizing a mix is limited. My comfort zone was always with playing music and my old musician ears are losing the detail that makes me comfortable mixing. What I need is a compressor for idiots and with a light touch The Glue does that very well. On the final bus and with a light touch it does bring the mix together.
I have a few of the compressors available in the UA system. The Glue is half the price, not bound to hardware and both competes and compliments the UA compressors. It may be a bit early but right now I would call The Glue the must have compressor for any budget. It is nice that most any budget can afford it.Read more
Reviewed By AudioGuy720
February 27, 2012
Tried it for a half hour and bought it soon after. Considering the amount of buzz on the forums here at KVR I'm surprised there's only 1 other review for this. You know what I think it is? People want to stay hush hush about it because it's their "secret weapon".
And if it were a real weapon it'd be an atomic bomb!
The Glue is a hybrid of the buss compressor found on Solid State Logic 4000 G and 4000 E consoles. These consoles go for around $30,000+ used and eat up your electric. The G buss is famous for "gluing" tracks together, hence the name of this plug-in (to avoid legal issues).
This plug-in sounds fantastic for its original purpose...evening out peaks on the 2-bus. For this I use gentle settings but it doesn't sound to shabby when used for parallel compressing drum busses or acoustic guitars, especially with oversampling on. The wet/dry mix knob makes doing the "NYC compression trick" very easy.
What surprised me most is how affordable the plug-in is for what it can do. But that can be owed to the fact that you will likely never see The Glue advertised in major publications. The savings are passed on to us and the way people hear about this processor is word of mouth. It's worth way more than its price tag but I thank the developer for not forcing me to break the bank!
I demoed Waves G buss plugin and wasn't ecstatic about it. It tended to weigh down my master track as opposed to "glue it together". Which was a disappointment considering their SSL EQ strips were fantastic. The Glue completes the collection and couple those with Slate Digital's Virtual Console Collection and you've spent less than $1,000 to virtually get the classic sound of an SSL desk inside your DAW!Read more
Reviewed By pheeleep
September 16, 2010