Both the compressor and limiter settings were sampled, with the limiter setting providing a hard knee and the compressor setting a soft knee. Both were combined into one program, allowing you to transition between the two to get results ‘in between’, which isn’t possible with the actual hardware. You can also go ‘in between’ no compression and the soft knee compressor setting, allowing you to get more subtle results (or interesting parallel compression results- see tips at end of manual), again not possible on the hardware. However, if you want to stay authentic you can always use the exact ‘compressor’ or ‘limiter’ settings.
Programs were all sampled in stereo, providing left and right channels that are very subtly different, adding to the analog imperfections that most of us came to Nebula looking for. There’s also a ‘pass-through’ program done like the typical Nebula preamp style programs, for getting some tone of the hardware without any compression.
Also included is a really great skin by JPN which includes features I asked for Giancarlo to include in the Nebula skinning system a few years ago but have only just now been used for this compressor! The skin has buttons which allow you to change between the different programs in the library without losing the settings you had adjusted with the various controls (attack, release, etc). This means you can now easily switch between the lite, standard, and SHQ versions for different amounts of CPU consumption vs quality, without anything being changed with your settings! This brings this compressor closer towards being like a stand alone plugin! A gain reduction meter is planned for the future as is removing the program selection window which is now not needed, which will then make this thing basically a stand alone compressor if the skin is installed and used!