This is to me by far the best freeware saturation plugin and the creamiest compression you can get inside the box.
The 2 saturation modes work well for hi end material as well as basses, rhodes, etc. The 1 knob compression is as soft as you can think of, making it almost impossible to make the source material sound bad, even at extreme settings.
The GUI is really cool and easy enough to get the thing sounding without reading the manual (a bit big though), but if you want to know all the details you should definitely take a look at the pdf. Its worth the reading as usual with VoS plugins.
If you have a PC you shouldnt miss this or any of the other VoS plugins.
I paid for the Slate VCC plugins. They are subtle, accurate, and do what they were intended to do. I see a stack of submixes through the ears of various consoles as adding up to something potentially dramatic. All, of course, able to be fine tuned or screwed up during the mastering. But, in reading about other experiences with the VCC, I found the first mentions of the Ferric TDS. I then found and downloaded it.
I love it. I do remember the sound. Wonderful recreation ! And, now, the Slate VCC sounds better than ever. I leave those submixes to the Slate, putting in the TDS across the master bus. Talk about mix glue !!! I know that the TDS could be put many places, but the subtle Slate VCC seems to do well at not compounding problems and slowly adding up the effect across ALL channels. The TDS is, indeed, dramatic, in itself, and seems very comfortable across that output master bus - at least in my little studio.
Nuendo 5.5.3 at 64 bit is coasting along, and seemingly having no problem with the TDS in that 64 bit realm.