Before you do anything else – compare this to the Waves version here.
I find IK Multimedia to be inconsistent as to whether I like their plugins or not (my opinion, you can make your own). This one really hits it and has some interesting analog vibe going on. The channels even have some crossover and interesting phasing (of a good nature).
I like the .37 much better than the .51 for what these are meant to do — gimme some vintage. I also like the way the .37 has less of a low-end bump. If you really want to simply your workflow, try doing a mix using only these for your EQ. You will get a taste of how good the recording engineers were “back then.” You can find my presets for this here.
If you use this on each channel, slightly vary the amount of drive and analog on each instance. Tiny changes will model the small variances of a real board. Be aware though, there were only 4, 6, or 8 channels!
My PC-Channel preset. I have more movement (if you want to call it that) in the stereo field, and more analog noise including some hiss. It doesn’t go overboard on the noise, so you can use this on every channel for a vintage vibe. And like I said, I really like the .37 way better for that. You can get my presets here.
If there was ever an iconic plugin, this is it. A cult following for sure. It seems like it’s been around forever, and was the “I swear by this” plugin for a long time.
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.