I bought this several days ago and tried only a few drum loops, they go from lifeless and dull to tube warmth to full on compression like an 1176, Coupled with a Certain tube EQ its a serious channel strip, I can only give it an 8 because Ive never tried a real one, its a little difficult on the know how but the sound justifies the meager asking cost. Its a must for grit and distortion with some seriously powerful dynamics coding that can tame even the most difficult transients that appear on drum hits such as snares, kick drums and hi hats. People say I have too FX much this and too much FX that, however there are some processors that are a must have regardless, this is one of them. In short you would be insane not to end up owning the "other" products from Quinto such as SDC and the MEQ similar to Disto, as combined altogether they are fast becoming my new mastering FX chain.
The dynamics and tone as you would expect, character and flow, smooth and gritty, its a serious piece of software and insane for the price. The only problem is the size of the GUI but I guess this is acceptable given the quality and depth of graphic interface. Its one of the best character compressors Ive come across for the money and its even better when used in a chain with the Tube EQ. I own several Sknote products, at first I didnt rate them due to hype over the cost this and design that, but now the sound quality at the end has made me think twice.
-3 for size of the GUI alone and restrictions as a serious mastering compressor, not for tracking.