Acme!!!!! Great compressor with some Green Color!! Thanks Plugin Alliance.
La2a with attitude
Larger than life and a mix control
I love this Plug In! Already have Used on Vocal's and Some Guitar Stuff, Very Nice to have in your Arsenal, Thank's Plugin Alliance!
A little off the top, or downright nasty, The Acme Opticom is not exactly what you'd call "Transparent" when you dig in.
That's a good thing when you're looking for this sound!
I have been using it on bass, room, overheads, snare.
It takes a lot of make me buy yet another compressor, but I was sold the second I tried the XLA-3. It is positively gorgeous-sounding, can go from mellow and warm to hard-driving and gritty, all in an elusively "analog" way that simply means it gives you mojo and vibe galore. It's simple to use, and the ability to bypass the compressor and just get the great sound of the circuit itself is hugely useful for me. This is all over my sessions now. Ideally it wouldn't be totally input based and would also have a threshold or compression amount knob so you could get the wonderful compression without getting overdrive in some cases, but that's life.
Now, some faults that need fixing:
1. You can't see the values for mix or output trim unless you move the "knob" to change them. It shouldn't be this way, but instead should be as intuitive and useful as many other PIA plugins are and what we're used to in the modern age of DAWs.
2. You also can't see any values/can't input any values, which is a major omission in some of these re-creation plugins. Many times it's imperative to see/enter exactly how many dB you are adjusting something, for various technical reasons.
3. No wet/dry. I don't mean to be rude, but come on guys, we're in the year 2018. We're using computers and DAWs to expand our abilities -- let's bring wet/dry to this great compressor.
This is my favorite compressor, partly because of its simplicity and more because it has a great personality. Slow setting gives me a lazy, clean bit of level management and fast gets somewhat-to-very smashy and dirty. It's like an "Angry" setting for my drums, should I want a bit of angry (and my drums often do). Normal speed is a very happy medium and that alone is like having three very different LA-2 style compressors in this plug, but the other simple controls make this e-box even more useful. It's not perfect for every application but it is for lots of them.
So it SOUNDS great, is as SIMPLE as I could want it to be, and I actually had more FUN with this than I've had with a new toy in a while. What more could you want from a thing? - W
This boy just make a great job. I used all of the UAD Compressors twins but this guy is so easy to use and just sounds great. There is nothing more to say just check it out!
Warm sound! Great plugin!
This compressor adds just the right amount of harmonics and grit, for lack of a better term, in a good way to make things sound better. I love it!
I have heard the real deal outboard version of this baby at a session.
Fell in love with it when I heard what it did for the vocalist.
I wanted to own it, but couldn't afford it.
But when I discovered you guys came out with a plugin version I HAD to check it out.
I figured I'd demo it for 14 days and make my decision, if I'd buy it or not.
Well...I made my decision in less than 10 mins.
This will now be my go to compressor when I record bass.
I love how it brings it to life, and sits right in the mix.
I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for a really good compressor, in plugin form, but sounds like warm analog outboard gear.
Keep up the great work Plugin Alliance!