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After trying this compressor i was kind of addicted. It was a real seesaw inside of my head. I thought long about buying it. I searched for alternatives... without success.
Why spending so much money for a SINGLE plugin? WHY?
I can tell you: Because it is cheaper than its hardware counterpart. Maybe it was a false move to do. I could have put the money ($299) to an hardware EQ. (LOL?).
But now i regret nothing! Its simply awesome to have it. I use it all the time. It will be a part of my typical sound now and in the future. I put it on the Bassdrum its going to squash it like a vegetable under a tractor - edit some settings - PUNCH there it is! I problably distend the whole thing. But I tried everything to clone the sound with other virtual effects... aah nothing came close. I love this baby.
The second special thing besides the compressors sound is its time modes. There you have a classic "Opto" mode for glueing type of tasks and also good for vocals. Then you have a classic Attack-Release-mode. From Transient- Eating up to Holding-Down-Device-Like-Things (the 60s Sound) everything is possible. Additionally you can set it to "auto-manual"-mode which means the Attack-Time will be fixed and with the Attack and Release parameters you can tweak the release curve. (How long it will take to release the compression and how long the release will actually take) It can be used for 'holding' the compression longer than usual.
Nothing more to say besides: try it out for yourself.