The beauty of sheer simplicity. (And on the LA-3A as well.) Set the gain to unity, adjust the peak reduction to where you want it. Ta-da! I’m pretty sure these are the compressors that are used “visually” the most. What I mean is that you set the gain, then adjust the reduction until the needle is just touching 2dB on the loud parts. You have now conjured up the perfect leveler, and you didn’t even have to listen. Am I saying to do this? Well, uh, no, uh.
Not really sold on this. I personally like to avoid EQ “at the end” of the process, because it always feels like you are fixing something that you should just fix somewhere else. (So why not just hear it and go fix it?)
You can’ t sit in front of this and not imagine you are in a 1950s sic-fi movie, flying across space in some rocket ship. Well, maybe you can but that is the vibe I alway get when I start turning the knobs.
Enjoy the finest in the mathematical determination of what frequencies you need to adjust. But the curves are smooth!
It’s aggressive and gentle at the same time. No, I mean it. The 2-buss compressor for real men. And women. So many interesting things you can tweak on this.
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.)
UAD’s cheapy/light/downsize version of tape emulation. But wait… it uses the exact amount of DSP resources that the Studer A800 uses. How can that be?