X-Comp, like its frequency-shaping brother, X-EQ, features a clean interface with plenty of bells and whistles.
X-Comp is immediately notable for its metering. Input and output meters are located on either side of the GUI, and each displays peak, RMS and dynamic history (showing the largest and smallest recent signal peak). Also included is a gain reduction display, but far more useful is the inclusion of an amplitude histogram named I/O Diff that shows the dynamics of the input and output signal set back-to-back.
This enables you to see exactly what effect X-Comp is having - you can literally visualise, for example, a signal going into X-Comp with dynamics across the entire range and coming out of the other end with its energy mostly concentrated in the centre of the spectrum.
In the mix, X-Comp runs the gamut from the freaky effects of the SSL Listen Mic Compressor right up to 'brick wall with class' limiting, close to - if not exactly the same as - the legendary SSL Bus Compressor.
It also throws in many subtle choices and masses of options, delivered with sweet-sounding analogue-style tone, and is enjoyable to use, once you've got the hang of it.45 Stars