In my recent binge of plugin purchases,Â I broke down and bought TheGlue, based almost entirely on the recommendation of Dan Clark (of The Dark Clan and ListlessWorks studio).Â Like offerings from Waves, UAD and SSL, TheGlue is a compressor that models the famous (infamous?) bus compressor from an SSL G-Series console.
Never actually owning a G-Series console, I canâ€™t vouch for the accuracy, but comparing it to my other VCA-modelling compressors, even the 6030, itâ€™s got a â€œsmackinessâ€ and a thick low-end that I canâ€™t achieve most other ways.Â Itâ€™s stellar strapped across the 2bus of a rock song.
The original G-Series lacked a few of the nice features of The Glue â€“ it doesnâ€™t have a â€œrangeâ€ knob to limit the amount of gain reduction, and it didnâ€™t have a peak limiter, and it didnâ€™t have a superfast attack setting.Â In that regard, the Glue loses points on accuracy, but gains them on usability.Â The peak limiter is a little iffy â€“ it does a decent job, but itâ€™s not a subtle effect, and if youâ€™re using the peak limiter a lot, chances are youâ€™re hitting your 2bus too hard.Â The Glue does model the G-series fixed ratios -1, 2,4, and 10x and the stepped attack and decay, so in that regard thereâ€™s very high similarity to the original gearâ€™s workings.
It does sound great, particularly on aggressive material.Â However, multiple instances of The Glue on multiple tracks or busses can be a bit wearying â€“ if the Glue is used on a drum bus and also on a 2bus, the end result is going to be fatiguing.Â Additionally, the interface for selecting presets is a little weird â€“ theyâ€™re not preloaded into a menu, you need to click on a box to get a dialog where you can select a preset to load, andâ€¦well, itâ€™s a bit cumbersome.Â That said, itâ€™s a compressor with 6 knobs and two switches, so if youâ€™re desperate for presets, youâ€™re likely to get more benefit by reading up on compressors, since this plugin seems to be targeted towards the finicky tweaker type.