I've been a fan of PSP (Professional Sound Projects) for years and their oldtimerME compressor plugin will definitely be added to my plugin list.
From the website:
"PSP oldTimerME (Master Edition) installer includes two versions of the plug-in:
- PSP oldTimerME a vintage-style compressor designed for demanding track and program compression, limiting and mastering processing.
- PSP oldTimer a vintage-style compressor designed for track or program compression and limiting.
Our goal in developing these plug-ins has been to provide you with versatile compressors that offer detailed control and an exceptionally musical sound. PSP oldTimer plug-ins are not based on any specific hardware, rather they are inspired by vintage circuits and we designed them to emulate our favorite characteristics of such compressors.
The PSP oldTimerME version of this compressor combines advanced features such as the option to process left, right, mid or side channel exclusively while being very simple to set up - which makes it hard to go wrong! In case of PSP oldTimer our goal was to provide a simple compressor that offers an exceptionally musical sound while requiring a minimum of tweaking. PSP oldTimer is so simple and so easy to use, that it's difficult to make it sound bad even at extreme settings! These compressors offer soft and smooth compression in most applications, however they may slightly color the sound with their tube emulation on transients when heavily driven internally by high compression values."
This was placed on the drum buss. I was able to dial in the sound I was looking for very quickly.
I especially like the HPF filter and the fact that there are Hi, Mid and Low settings for the Valve emulation.
For transparent compression set the Valve switch to clear.
As with some of PSP's other plugins the oldtimerME allows you to do parallel compression very easily. You can also turn off the wet and dry mix by clicking on the words DRY and WET above the knobs (notice the line through Dry in the pic).
Go to PSP oldtimer download the demo and try it it for yourself.