I was looking for a compressor that has an opto behaviour in the release, and Stillwell’s The Rocket sounds easily the best for my purpose. I’ve played around with it a few hours, and I am still very slow using it. Same goes for the Bombardier. I have done rec/mix/mastering professionally for about a decade now, so I do know my way around compressors, but the GUIs are 100% un-intuitive. If the Generic UI mode in Reaper would show the metering, I would buy the plugin and only use that mode.
As “fredv” stated, some people like these plugins only because of the GUI. Is that really what Stillwell wanted when designing the plugins? The best thing on ReaComp for example is that it doesn’t disturb your senses and feelings. My senses and feelings and concentration has to be in the music/mix, and the plugin GUI has to be transparent enough not to disturb my workflow, both physical and mental.
- I only found the Decadence button in the manual when checking what “Impetus” means.
- Treshold, HPF, Compensation, and Parallel Comp only show their values in Generic UI.
I think the pseudo-hardware looking GUI designs are going out of fashion, and being replaced with practical and fast experiences. Saying that they were a fashion is not a compliment. Fashion is usually impractical, expensive, un-individualistic and momentary. The marvellous sound of Stillwell and Schwa plugins shouldn’t be clad in any of those.
In general, if you have to learn a (G)UI, it is a bad (G)UI. That goes for any software and hardware. User manual for a microwave oven? Come on!
Suggestion: Two GUImodes. One as is, and the other with generic sliders but with metering.