A simple to use opto compressor with dry wet regulator with low CPU consumption, price / performance fits
Easy and nice
I love simple compressors that are free of artifacts. Using your ears, it's easy to dial in a sound you like in seconds. I find myself using it on more and more sources, but it's excellent on vocals and bass so far.
I love the mojo it brings into a vocal chain. thick and warm
This is a terrific and flexible opto compressor. Really a workhouse, it works well on just about anything you throw at it. I especially like it on brass, it tames trumpet perfectly. Great with woodwinds and piano as well.
Its a lot of things
At first I really didn't get it. It wasn't like it sounded bad or didn't work well, but I was expecting something really noticeable right away. No. Then I got some work going and have some parts that just needed fitting in the mix, and then having them pop out at the right parts. You can do anything you need, in terms of practical, "realpolitik" compression, with this tool. Its also really intuitive in terms of accomplishing those types of compression moves. For instance, a very overdriven guitar that is both playing backing chords and the solo, same channel, same take. During the chords while the vocal is on, its pinning back exactly 1db and somehow adding this heft and life. Solo comes in and its going back 3-5 db while sounding totally alive and musically louder, more present. Automating those parts is usually best, but with this compressor it just sounds good. Still learning about it, and it looks so simple.
Easy to use and sound great!
by Adrian Symes
This was bundled with a Pre Sonus Audio box i2 and I use it with Live. I'm still auditioning it across a range of situations but its really quite good. It seems to add air and presence without any nasty coloration of sound or artifacts. I'm starting to use it as a go to plug to improve flat sounding recordings and loops. Tasty!
Since I bought the plugin it has become one of my favorite compressors to add color and extra punch to drum group elements. To obtaine transparent or smooth compresion I would use other PA plugins. Opto + Subsynth = World Cup winner team :P