BX Opto sounds great, but the flexibility of the sidechain filter and the addition of a mix control make this my all-time favorite optical compressor.
As with every other PA plugin the bx_opto does what the developers intended and that is to create a tool that narrows the space between working in or out of the box. The bx_opto is a fantastically musical compressor, and I love it on vocals and bass especially.
Very good a crushing drums--a nice alternative to an 1176, and it has a better low end (the kick doesn't get lost). Not as nasty as the "all buttons in", but it sits very nicely in the mix. The flexible side chain filter lets you dial it in very precisely, and the mix control means no extra track needed.
Great compressor I use it on all my music tracks, it gives me the desired sound and feel that I'm looking for in my music, Thanks so much Plugin-alliance this is where I get all my plugins and constantly watching the plugin alliance site for new up an coming products. I mainly use plugin alliance products on all my tracks and mixes. Thanks again Mike,
My new go to...
Fast becoming my new go to compressor for tracks. Its a real do-it-all versatile little box thanks to the speed dial, it's super musical, sounds fantastic and extremely fast and easy workflow make it a pleasure to use. Highly recommended.
The classic little hidden gem... very effective on practically everything, from solo vocals to mix but and sometimes in mastering too. Recommended
by Bryan P
Great sounding compressor ! The speed knob and sidechain filter make it works on almost every sources ! It's a pleasure in recording session because of the AAX DSP compatibility for he users
by Felipe Ortiz
Great on drums and vocals. Really useful sidechain!
OPTO is optimal
Absolutely instant great sounding compressor. Side chain feature can produce some very interesting sounding drum compression. Mix knob is always welcome and it's very useful when compressing drums and various mix groups. Simple, easy and powerful!
Purchased on a whim, now it's all over my work
I picked this up on whim (while I was buying the excellent bx_console E) for a very VERY low price… and now I'm reaching for it all the time. As the description states, it is sort of a chameleon… which honestly is the sort of thing I normally avoid, as chameleons all too often only invite excessive and unhelpful tweaking. But at least in this case, that flexibility turns out to be very useful; while one of the strengths of an LA-2A is how minimalist it is, you quickly run in to its limitations - sometimes it's too slow, sometimes it's too colorful; wouldn't it be great if you could dial it back a bit, tweak it a bit? That sort of finessing is exactly what bx_opto provides. While it doesn't replace the LA-2A for me, it does offer an "invisible LA-2A" sound, which is surprisingly useful. It has performed very nicely at the end of vocal chains for smoothness and on guitars for more body so far. Also, while I have not had a chance to use it in this capacity too much just yet, it seems like it could be really cool on drums. The slow, heavy sound of an opto with an attack fast enough to act on drum transients (also without smothering them in saturation) is a really interesting sound. Update: I said it doesn't replace the LA-2A for me… two weeks later I have not used an LA-2A at all. This thing is massively underrated.