Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor
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Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor

SSL G-Master Buss Compressor, Software compressor from Waves in the SSL series.

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Hatsubai 16/06/2011

Waves SSL G-Master Buss Compressor : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

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This is modeled after the famous SSL 4000 G console buss compressor. For those that don't know, the SSL stuff is some of the most famous gear in the entire industry. They're like the Fender or Gibson of the music gear. This is just the buss compressor section of the G console. It replicates that original IC and VCA gain-reduction amplifier design that was used throughout so many studios back in the day.

I find myself not using this nearly as much as the overall G console. This definitely has a unique sound going on for it, but it seems that there are better compressors out there for what I'm looking to do. I've used it on drums, guitars, bass and vocals with success, however.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves plugins are some of the best out there, bar none. For one, they're cross platform. For a Mac user, that means the world. I'm always trying to support companies that support Mac, and Waves has been pretty good about that since the whole Intel switch. I've used these in Logic without any problems. Although they're 32 bit plugins, Logic will add a bridge to allow you to use them in a 64 bit environment as to not limit you to the amount of ram you can utilize. On top of that, these things are rock solid. I've never had a crash with Waves plugins at all.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're looking for just the compressor section of the G channel, this could be what you're looking for. However, I generally use a much more transparent compressor as they tend to be more musical for the type of music I play. This might be a bit better if you're more on the classic rock side, but it's not nearly as versatile as some of today's more modern compressors out there. One thing though -- if you're going to try this out, please be sure to buy it. There is a huge piracy issue with Waves stuff, and if people keep pirating them, they'll drop support.