This is the best compressor ever made in software, in my opinion. Unfortunately it took me years to even become aware of Analog Obsession. When I think of all the times I could have used this compressor but didn't know it existed, it pains me. Alas, now I have it. I am so impressed with AO's plugins in general, I'm donating $10 per month to the cause, and that's coming from a guy who despises prescription plans. It's not that, of course. If I stop paying, the plugins continue to work. The point is, this developer deserves the support. There are at least a dozen plugins that I love from this developer. But this may be my absolute favorite. It is my desert island compressor now, defeating my beloved UAD LA-2, which I previously used all over the place. YALA is free. It is the best compressor for my taste. You'd be a fool not to download it.
I really like this compressor. I don't think its sound is comparable to a vari-mu compressor but it's really good. I have logic and the built in compressor offers me a large variety of typology but one like this one is missing. I use it on single instruments with a high compression rate. in this way it gives me a rich sound with tons of harmonics and a nice warmth. Great on snares, long kicks and bass. Also very handy with lead synths with high resonance. Vocals? No, not for me. If you want a free levelling amplifier the adhd leveling tool is what you're looking for.
The only thing I don't like about it is the two screws to control release and threshold. I get it, you want the look but manage that screws it's a pain. I'm not totally against the look, I like to have a good looking pluging (but if it sounds good can be just boring controls and I'm happy). please AO leave the screws and put two knobs on the right, thank you.