One of the great part of the hardware unit, which is passed on to the plugin is the Transformer Matrix. This gives you three different output transformer options to let you pick the tone and color you want on the output stage. Three options, three different sounds.
Nickel has the cleanest output with no typical analog overtones introduced. Iron is the happy medium, which introduces some coloring (even order harmonic overtones) to the output. For the down and dirty track though, Steel introduces a great agressive set of harmonic overtones that adds a great edge to any program material.
My Only Almost-A-Complaint
The only thing I’d like to see different on this plugin is better metering. I do like VU metering, but sometimes you just need the very exact readouts of a digital meter. Obviously they were going for complete replication of the analog unit (which does not include digital metering) so I can’t really complain on this. But worth mentioning.
How Does It Compare?
So you find yourself asking, how does the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plugin compare to the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor hardware? Listen for yourself.