I have the luck to own the hardware version of this plugin. A couple of years ago, while mixing remotely, i tried the UAD version of the plugin but wasn't too impressed. But yesterday, I decided to give a go to the Red version, especially since AAX DSP is supported, and i am really, i mean REALLY convinced. It's slick, pro sounding, with extra m/s and headroom options. Seriously, it's the first plugin review i ever wrote, and i own tons of em. This one is next level. And is (God I hate to say this) damn close to the hardware. Oh, just let you know also that your BX eqs are embedded on my every sessions template. Bravo!
I got this humongous compressor and boy straight from the presets, it’s all guns firing. I’m no great engineer but it sure makes my bassline and mix such an extra thwack. My master is now not complete without the Red. Such an addition of a thick and often repeated description, that expensive sound. Will bring a smile on your face guaranteed. Happy mixing!
Shadowhill the red one
by Peter FROG
I was already impressed by the classic green one. This one is even better, full of analog mojo. The best comp i've ever tried for mastering, but also so efficient on the drumbus that it has replaced my api 2500 ! No use pushing it too much : just a little db réduction for both optical and discrete, for a wonderful résultat.
Best mastering compressor I have used to date. Sounds amazing no matter what you throw at it. Love to use the additional modes such as M/S, parallel, and monomaker on all of my work.
Beautiful mastering compressor
by Alex D
This compressor sounds stellar. Just a dB of GR on both compressors and you find yourself uttering words like 'weight' and 'class'. 'Expensive' would also be a word that comes to mind : ) Amazing compressor.
Plugin Alliance response
Thank you. What is missing for a 5th star then, please?
High End Compressor
Best mastering plugin. So far this is the best mastering plugin i have used i tried the yellow version before and this one is special big fat .
Clarity & Analog
by Goldenchild / WM
This compressor is "it" look no further. The original Master Compressor was "it" also but this one just takes it to another level. The amount of clarity you getting, saturation & depth is next level WOW...... It gives a certain polish to any sound source. Plugin Alliance / Brainworx once again thank you for those awesome tools.
Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A
EXCELLENT mastering compressor, featuring unique one of a kind features, Discrete Gain, Discrete Ratio, that are NOT on any other plugin or limiter. Beautiful interface, that is easy to learn. I have slate FX-G and Waves L2/L3 limiters for mastering, but neither allow the flexibility on the Threshold and Gain, plus M/S, and even Stereo-imaging, and Frequency controlled MONO HighPass. But FX-G does have an essential transient dynamics feature that I wish were in this plugin. * NOTE: Developers, could you please cosider adding additional features, that Slate FX-G has for retaining dynamics? It would be the ultimate best mastering compressor without comparison! customers will be willing to pay an additional fee to upgrade extra features. /
Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A
by Tonvater Hahn
A little goes a long way... I have to say, that i am really impressed with this plug in. By just adding 0.5-1dB of compression in the Optical section and 1-2 dB in the Discrete section, it adds glue and a wonderful depth to the mix, i can not achieve with any other plug in. The three output transformers sound great and are shaping the sound quite drastically. In fact, on my mix bus, this one plug ins replaces a chain of tape simulation, transformer and two compressors. In the very first moment i was a little bit overwhelmed by the GUI, the amount of knobs and switches...but within 10 minutes it felt comfortable with the layout. The added features - Headroom & M/S function, Monomaker, etc. are priceless. But first and foremost, the sound of this plug in is fantastic!
The Wow Version!
by Alex Picciafuochi
This Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A makes you exclaim "Wow!" every time you use it instead of the previous model