Have you tried UAD emulations of compressors - any views? Or are you still "hardware 'til I die"!?
I've never been 'hardware 'til I die'. i love what software allows me to do with sound as much as I love hardware devices.
I've tried the UAD plugins and they great, but no better than any other plugins I've used.
The need for DSP acceleration is not so great these days as super-fast quad core processors are relatively cheap and I tend to print things to audio quite early on in the process so I have no need to run hundreds of plugins 'live'.
Do you have any favourite compressors to shape individual snare sounds (or examples of compressors you have used for snares which you were even more pleased with than normal?)
And do you often use parallel compression as well as "standard" compression or whatever it's called when shaping an individual snare?
Bass 24hz sine wave with water... may not be real, but real freaky to watch.