I very rarely use brickwalls anymore, I am trying to take myself out of the whole "loudness wars" and let my music have dynamics. But if I do, I have a few fav's. Some of the tools you mentioned are not even limiters, I might add. VTM-M2, Roundtone, Ferric, those are more tape sims. My favorite limiter, though, that has flavor (NOT transparent) is Event Horizon from Stillwell Audio. http://www.stillwellaudio.com/ In fact, they make some of the best compressor and (non-Neb) VST EQ's too. Very very reasonably priced, I may add. I have 4 of his compressors,some of the EQ's, VSTi's, and all are great for different tasks. But the limiter is my go to. Love it! Also check out the Transient Monster there. Crazy-cool on drums! Free uncrippled trial, just like Reaper, so no loss in trying! Tonebooster Barricade is also an excellent brickwall, in my opinion. More transparent. Here's a link for some awesome free ones, as well as a few other plugins. http://www.xoechz.at/ Made by some reaper users, these are amazing. The limiter and "trimiter" are great. I also love the "double delay" from that site, but now I am straying OT. I could go on forever. I have recently flushed out a large portion of my plugin collection due to my increasing love for all things Nebula, but I keep around some of my all-time favorite non-Neb VST's. Have fun!
I should have been more precise: What I mean is.When you're using Nebula Pre,you come very close to the hardware sampled in term of freq.curve,harmonics and non-linearitiy time-wise.But the slight "compression" part of it still missing or is at least not present enough.Some users (like me) add a transparent dynamic processor (of any sort)to recreate this "compression" and come even closer to what happened with a piece of hardware. Same goes with tape emulations (the last STN are a bit different).Michael 3 stages concept with the last one (VTM) being the one dealing with tape compression,that's what I'm talking about...
In other words,when you want to add this 3rd stage for tape or this "second" stage for preamps what VST do you use ?
Before I forget, I also wanted to add that the differences between the free Stillwell/Schwa plugs and the paid ones are more than the beautiful GUI's. I remember somewhere on the Reaper forum Scott Stillwell talking about how the paid versions have more advanced coding. Coming from some other devs, I would assume that a statement like that was really just a way to drive up sales. But I trust Scott Stillwell's integrity and decided to upgrade to the paid versions. So affordable, why not? And thanks for the link, it's a good informative read.
elam wrote:Like you, today,I'm almost all Nebula.Even for compressors (I try to).
The Nebula compressors have great color and "vibe", but for the functional part of compression, I still love Bombardier, major To, The Rocket, occasionally one of the new IK ones.... I like to have more than enough comp's "lying around". But other than compressors, I rarely use anything besides nebula.