is THE GLUE a good WAVES SSL Stereo Compressor replacement?

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8078 posts since 5 Aug, 2009

Post Fri Jun 02, 2023 11:28 pm

hi guys, i try to replace (not actively) replace some plugins from WAVES which are possible, and i recently read about THE GLUE. is it in your opinion a good replacement to the WAVES one? i always like to use the WAVES SSL Plugin on my master (i saw many people do it) and just let it work a tiny bit.

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835 posts since 3 Oct, 2018 from Spain

Post Fri Jun 02, 2023 11:45 pm

I haven't tried the waves one, but I use The Glue for that purpose and it works. I recommend you to try the demo.

387 posts since 9 Nov, 2020 from Los Angeles, CA

Post Sat Jun 03, 2023 12:15 am

The Glue is one of the best SSL bus compressors on the market. You can also get it directly from SSL, the official SSL Bus Compressor plugin. Anyways, if you like the one you're using, keep using it, as they did bring back perpetual licenses.
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1613 posts since 18 Feb, 2012

Post Sat Jun 03, 2023 3:03 am

The Glue (v2 is in progress), IK Buss compressor, SSL Bus compressor native v2 and Softube Buss compressor - you cant go wrong with any of these.

314 posts since 15 May, 2003 from R'lyeh

Post Sat Jun 03, 2023 7:56 am

The actual SSL one sounds great and is on sale quite often. I think I got the "Essentials Bundle", which is the channel strip and bus comp, for like $50 and it was just recently on sale for that again. Actually, I bought v1 of it, and SSL gave everyone a free upgrade when v2 came out.

Been using Softube's Bus Compressor instead lately though. Instead of needing the SSL and another saturation plugin of some sort, the Bus Compressor does both.

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5717 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Post Sat Jun 03, 2023 9:30 am

I find the Waves version to sound pretty good but it has less "vibe" as The Glue. I use Waves if I want a subtle glue-ing and The Glue for a "fuller" sound, for lack of a better way to put it. The Glue could replace Waves but they its useful to have both as they do sound slightly different within the same realm of glue-ing.

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7359 posts since 20 Jul, 2004 from Clearwater

Post Sat Jun 03, 2023 9:43 am

Try the Townhouse compressor from PA. It's much better than both Waves and The Glue. The Glue compresses great, but it's very sterile sounding as it doesn't offer any saturation. Townhouse will give you that "like a record" sound just like with a real SSL comp.
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