I think this is the most fun channel strip plugin UAD offers. I’ve never worked on a hardware Vision so I can’t compare the sound or vibe, but I love tweaking on this plugin. And something about the layout attracts me like no other lover. Or SSL channel strip. It is quite useful as a Unison plugin, and it’s my choice on my Apollo when I’m not using the UAD Helios.
The gain/preamp is special on this. Just tickle the red* to get distortion on the loudest peaks, a trick that helps vocals (or anything, really) cut through the mix. Plus, it sounds so vintage when you do that, even though the API Vision is a modern device. The hi- and lo-pass filters are super cool too, especially when tracking.