AD’s Rough Rider is the single channel and free brother of their multiband Pro version which reminds me a bit of Empirical Labs Distressor and its insane nuke compression mode. If you want to kill people with rimshots, burn those drumbusses in hell or just slightly attenuate effects on percussion, Rough Rider is a good one. Available for both: mac & pc.
Being part of the UAD-Series, the Fairchild 670 emulates the classic hardware compressor from the 50s. It’s known for its magic mix-glueing abilties and usually the sum compressor in my setup. Also awesome on groups and loops it is, alongside with the other UAD plugs in the bundle, the best thing i bought over the years.
Although it sounds quite different i think of Density mkII as being the nearest neighbour to UAD’s Fairchild. Capable of glueing a mix in a good way while preserving a good amount of dynamics, you shouldn’t miss it by any means. Last not least it’s free, like all those v.o.s./ex-Bootsie plugins. At the moment available for pc only.
2 new effects, a compressor and a resonating filter of sort, are available from Stillwell Audio, which are – once again – some kind of different. On top – once again – both can be checked out for free…