This is a great plugin!
It's great on the master to glue everything together!
I have no comparison to the hardware, but to the SSL Duende Emulation. Compared with that, the "original" by SSL sounds a bit smoother and fresher. Anyway, i think this is a "fair" emulation...and - to stress this once more - i don´t know, how the hardware sounds.
I love this compressor very, very much. It brings the voice right to your face
I'm fortunate to work on an SSL4000 G and a 9000J on a regular basis. The bus compressor on the G is second to none, I love it. I find the gain staging of this plugin to be very close to that of the console. The plugin sounds very interesting on the 2:1 ratio, it's different than the console I find, but in a good way. I hear a healthy amount of character using the plugin at 2:1, where normally I would set the console bus comp at 4:1. I like this plugin a lot, it sounds and reacts great, very close to the real thing - much better than other SSL bus comp plugins.
Very close to the real thing recreation on this plug in. Unless you have the space and money for the real thing, this is as close as you can get. Very functional and open or harsh as you want it to be.
This one is a subtile one. Its hard to let it smack or slam, but thats the sense of this item. Its for invisible compression.
The settings of the 2 -4-10 ratio are not that easy to distinguish as on other compressors and the automatic setting of release does its best in most cases.
One of the favorite functions is the variable attack. On 30 you can compress without cutting the hit of a snare, instad on the 0.1 you can use it as limiter.
As conclusion : it is one of the versatile plungins , it misses the 5 Star only because of its lack of character-on the other hand this is what its ment to bee: to do the job anonimous..
By the way: the 4k and the new ssl g are absolutely the same sounding: if you put them both in a parallel send, add a phase invert tool in on of them and both on solo so that both work against each other (difference between them) they will cancell totally witch mean they do exactly the same- obviously you have to set them to the same settings.
Fantastic plug-in. I've had a number of compliments on how much it sounds like the real thing, and it never disappoints when needing to glue a bus together.
Pretty good Compressor though I preffer Neve's compressor...