Two compressors, three switchable transformers and the plugin weighs considerably less than the 35 lb. (about 16 kg) hardware unit.
The people at Shadow Hills must have a sense of humor, based on the manual for this hardware (and carried over into the plugin version). Following the metaphor of “military-grade”, they carry the idea of victory into using the compressor.
Brainworx developed the UAD software, and it matches their own version of it. Changing the output transformer settings—steel, nickel or iron—has an effect on the frequency response, not so much the harmonics.
- You can set up the meters to show the gain reduction of each compressors instead of left/right. Very handy.
- Try it on a drum bus. Slam the discrete compressor with a 10ms attack and ‘Flood’ ratio. It will pound.