It’s known for its characteristic, smooth sound and ability to ‘glue’ the elements of a mix together. It has gained many die-hard fans who use it every time they mix, and it has been used on many classic recordings. It can also be used in many situations besides bus compression alone. Some like to use it to beef up electric/acoustic guitars, pianos, vocals and other sources, and it even gets used while tracking by some. It has been called a desert island piece. You don’t need many dBs of compression to get a benefit out of it, with common use involving just a bit of gain reduction. Some even use it without compression just for its tone. On the other hand, it still sounds great when you push it for lots of gain reduction.
In this set you get:
- The main compressor program with 1k, 5k, and 10k options. These main programs are set up to behave as close to the unit as possible, although some controls (attack, release, and ratio) offer extended ranges that provide additional behaviors beyond what the hardware could do. There is also an adjustable high-pass filter on the internal detection side-chain, and a dry control that lets you mix some dry signal back in, both not included on the hardware. You don’t have to touch any of that extra stuff or go into those extended control ranges if you want to stay more authentic to the hardware.
- 5 duplicate batches of programs using various other detection configurations which behave differently from the hardware. These are like a ‘what if’ type of thing where you can hear what the unit would sound like with different circuitry. Altogether, all of those alternate versions offer a HUGE range of different sounding effects, but there is always the main set to fall back on for the more authentic sound. The different batches are well organized so they won’t confuse you whether you explore them or choose to ignore the bonus optional versions and only want to use the main set. Altogether there are 24 ‘alternate’ preset configurations additional to the main set, and each comes in 1 and 10k versions, AND with bonus SHQ versions.
- All variations are offered in special ‘SHQ’ versions which use a ton of CPU but offer a more ‘super high quality’ sound. They use so much cpu that you won’t be able to mix with them, and they are intended for rendering only. There are some aspects to how they work that are measurably more accurate, but it’s really a matter of gaining a few more % points of accuracy at the cost of a large amount of additional CPU, so consider these as bonuses that are there for you to use if you feel it’s worth it to you. The standard versions sound great already, and are set up the same as most other Nebula programs that have been around and making mixes sound better for years now.