I own and operate a home studio, where I record, mix and master...and occasionally produce. I have a tube compressor for tracking vocals (and sometimes other instruments when needed), but I wanted something else to provide a different feel and flavor. I am a HUGE fan of Dbx and mix with 160 and 165 emulations (in the box) frequently. I purchased this unit and hooked it up for a vocal session immediately. The results were amazing! I used the Contour setting, set the Auto mode and pushed record. The comp is super transparent and amazingly useful on vox tracks. Dbx never disappoints and makes gear that is just as useful in the studio as it is in live applications. (I used this comp while mixing a band about two years ago, and it was just as amazing!) I am a big proponent of "expensive gear isn't synonymous with great gear." DBX makes affordable compressors, and if you know how to use compression, then this little box is incredible for the price!