Killer compressor killer price
I was looking for an outboard compressor after summing and wanted to go the VCA route. Being very familiar with analog consoles I was set on the SSL buss comp or the Obsidian but since I wasn't in a rush I'd grab this and see what it could do for a quarter of the price of the big boys.
Long story short it works VERY well. It instantly gave me the punch and glue I was looking for. It's definitely not colored but not sterile either. Well designed peice of gear.
I don't usually change the attack and release settings, I only use it on the 2 buss (I keep the attack slow and release fast), so I haven't really fooled with the auto release setting that everyone says isn't quite right. The only thing I don't care for is the meter. It doesn't have the smooth movement that the SSL has, it's much more light and jumpy. I tend to not pay it any mind and use my ears.
Basically, this compressor works. Buy it. It's only a few bucks more than certain plugins.
If it's not good enough it's probably in the mix not the gear.