UAD LA2 | LA2A Gray | LA2A Silver

UAD LA2 | LA2A Gray | LA2A Silver

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.

Waves CLA-2A

Waves CLA-2A

This works just fine and all that. It even has (an attempt at) the slight high end bump of the LA2A. It sounds nice. But I have this question for Waves, and sometimes it kind of bugs me.

Klanghelm MJUCjr, IVGI2, DC1A3

Klanghelm Freebies — MJUCjr, DC1A3, IVGI2

These might be the very best freebie plugins you will ever use. What I mean by that is, you will probably go out and buy the commercial versions after you use these. On the other hand, they are so good, you may not have a need for anything more. OK, I am not here to hype someone’s product, just to take an honest look at it and maybe offer some tips or advice. So, enough hyping.

UAD bx_Masterdesk

UAD bx_Masterdesk

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?) 

UAD API 2500

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.

UAD API VISION

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.)