Glue baby! I am demoing the 4k channelstrip right now, and I saw the bundle. Thought I'd give this thing a try. I am very glad I did. I have struggled with dialing in that "glue" effect. Popped this thing on the master bus, and the whole track just solidified. Amazing! No pumping, just power. It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.
My #1 choice of all UAD-1 final plugz. Very easy to use. Doing the job absolutely perfect!
Compared it to the rest of UAD's master bus compressors and was the least satisfied with the results. Colored the sound a tad in a way that I didn't like, didn't really increase the loudness of a song in a way that was pleasing, and most annoyingly I have no ideas what the numerical values mean for the settings of the VU and the nobs. I prefer both the Neve and Precision Bus compressors over this, and the Fairchild if your looking for a more 'compressed' sound.
I really liked the Waves SSL, I really did for quite some time, and I used it alot. But then this baby came along. Need I say more?
Universal Audio has done a great job again! Both the 4K Buss Compressor and the 4K Channel Strip sound fantastic! I'm a very lucky engineer because I've worked on actual SSL and Neve consoles. The 4K Buss compressor sounds almost identical compared to the original. The only I difference I noticed is that the original adds some noise to your mix if you push it very hard. This UA plug-in, however, doesn't add noise and compresses the signal just like the actual SSL Buss compressor that's part of the SSL 4000 G+ console. It's as fast as you want it to be, or as gentle as you want it to be. You can get that nice "in your face" and transparent SSL compression with this plug-in if you know how to use it properly. I love the factory presets as well. Nice job Universal Audio!!! We want more plug-ins!!! Which ones? Well... API, Trident, Tube Tech and Empirical Labs (FATSO). Make it happen!!!
I tested them "all"... "The Glue", "Waves SSL B C", "PBC", "API" and the Focusrite LM. The 4k BC is doing somehting great to the music, that the others are just missing. It is not affecting the "Low freq" in a negative way and creates this nice "smooth" top end.. I love it. Thank you..
This plug is awesome! I have the glue,I love the glue,but on my master buss the 4k gives me much more clarity in my highs and sounds more polished overall,and seems to widen the stereo field.
I tested the new UAD bus compressor against the Waves SSL simulation (master out/Bus output config.).
The UAD 4k had been won the race - I loved this emulation. It doesnÂ´t kill the transiences out of the low frequencies against the Waves emulation (keep crispiness and punch) - but nevertheless pictured out the fragile reverb tails of the summix signal - (what normally get lost in the DAW Summixing process). I donÂ´t know whether this simultion works exactly like the origin analog pendant, but who cares. The behavier as an Master out compressor ist perfect for my work. - better than the UAD precission Bus compressor. And donÂ´t forget - for a much better price like the waves ones! UAD team - I love your work and not just in this case. Keep in tune and groove - Markus
After trying this compressor i am disappointed a little. I don't know the original one, could be that the emulation is very close, but i prefer the Waves SSL4000 Comp. To my ears it is much more capable of compressing things right out...
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