FabFilter Saturn 2

I tested all of the distortion styles at the default setting. Some of these, especially the ones FabFilter calls “FX”, are going to go real crazy real quick when you push up the Drive knob. Foldback, for instance, looks pretty calm when the Drive is at 0%. It’s anything but calm above that.

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UAD API 2500

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.

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UAD API VISION

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.)

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PSP MasterComp

It’s been a while since there has been an update to this, but that might be because there is not much to improve on. You may have noticed most of the plugins I own are from the “big-name / expensive” guys, but PSP is that rare indie exception.

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Waves Kramer HLS

Yes, the king of unusual controls! And it just makes the HLS even more fun to use.  I use this as part of a channel strip / console set-up along with the other Kramer plugins.

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UAD UA 175-B / 176 Compressor

Just had these a couple of days, but they are quirky and fun and touchy as heck. And you have to love anything with a control marked “Vernier,” thank you Pierre.

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