I have been using the SC 226 for about a year now. Its has found a comfortable place on almost every track, as most tracks need some Eq and compression.
I find the GUI to be of good size and easy to manage.
The CPU hit is quite low.
The Compressor is very natural sounding. You have the option of peak and RMS. Both perform well. You do have to use your ears as the meter/parameter dials are not very acurate. Not a bad thing. Sometimes getting caught up in the numbers end up in a less musical result.
The HP filter section is a lil baffling. The numbers on the tabs dont accurately reflect what is happening. ie.20hz starts cutting way to early say upwards of 50 to 80hz. So where one wanting simply to apply a sub bass cut may be out of luck. However if you cut at 20hz then boost the low shelf quite a bit you can get some really cool push pull action for say a bass or kick. Again having to use your ears not what the numbers are telling you.
The Eq section is very usable and is sufficeint for most tasks (not a surgical eq). It offers two different Qs for the bells. Not really sure what the specs on those are. One is tighter than the other.
The AX7 tube warmer adds nice saturation if needed. I have found that about 3/4 treats transients nicely without getting overly crunchy or fizzy.
I have never really used the limiter on this so I cant comment either way.
Once I learned that the meter's numbers dont really apply (example straight up is more like -18db than -7 RMS), I was easily able to adapt. Forget the numbers ...listen and keep her massaging in a vertical position not to far past 12 oclock. Maybe thats part of the analog appeal (using your ears more and numbers less).
I really like the sound of this plugin, it consistantly adds warmth and life to what ever it is put on. Its is nice to have these tools in one place. It sounds MUCH better than a 7. It gets a three point deduction only for the filter and inaccurate metering. Has never crashed using Reaper 64 on Win7. Again the CPU hit is amazing for this sound quality.
Would recommend without hesitation.Read Review
Works well on vocals - the compressor is transparent enough that I can "set and forget" this on vocals. The EQ nicely notches out nasal vocal frequencies. Adding a touch of the 12AX7 emulation adds a touch of warmth without sounding wooly.
I find myself using it as a quick addition while tracking but it usually remains for the remainder of the production.Read Review
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