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Who Uses Plugin Alliance?

Have lots of their plugs and they're all great. The new bx opto is wonderful!

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Major Compressor Plugin From Empirical Labs - AROUSOR

This thread is really amazing. The leavel of hype, and even more the level of hype re-inflation, is remarkable. I find the name embarrassing and the puzzle irritating and childish, but then I'm embarrassed to have my eleven year old daughter finding me reading a forum called "gearslutz." And call me shallow, I won't...

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SPL IRON mastering compressor by Brainworx

...I've demoed it and it could be useful for de-harshing hats and such. I do own vsm3, hg2, vitalizer and bx opto and they don't do what iron does, imo. In your case I'd say iron all the way. ALLL the way! What it does to the low end is fabulous. Personally I mostly...

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Product Description

The Brainworx bx_opto compressor combines some of the best colors, character and features from what Brainworx has learned modeling the optical circuits of some of the world’s best-loved compressors. Rather than recreating a hardware product in software, the bx_opto takes the best aspects and anomalies from these legendary light-dependent circuits to create a software compressor you’ll wish you could buy a hardware version of. The result is a beastly little dynamics processor, teeming with character and spitting out sounds no analog optical compressor can. Most optical compressors are appreciated for their musical, program dependent character introduced by anomalies in the light dependent circuitry of the sidechain; the general speed of compression is cemented by the given behavior of the compressor’s Light Dependent Resistor (LDR). Hardware opto-compressors can only allow users the ability to adjust the effect of this character by introducing a separate resistance circuit that gives some control over the compression envelope.