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The Big Blue successfully combines the warmth and colour of a valve unit with the bite and pump of a modern compressor, resulting in a big, weighty, powerful sound that's best summed up as huge and in-your-face.
BBC offers a great features set, including a high-pass filter for shaving bass energy off the sidechain signal, a variable Knee control that gives greater response precision and bite, and a Choke control that models the way valve compressors work to stifle transients.
Using these options together unlocks the broad potential of the BBC: working with drums, for example, the combination of Drive, Threshold and Choke will enable you to be extremely refined in the level of compression you apply. Meanwhile, Big Blue's RMS detection mode can give a natural level control to bass, pianos and other stereo signals.
BBC also offers several stereo-centric features, as well as Mid and Side switches that activate separate compression for the mid signals (such as vocals) and side signals (such as the air and space of a track) respectively.
Especially snarling on up-front rock and dance tracks, Big Blue Compressor sounds amazing, can be pushed impressively hard and boasts a great feature-set.45 Stars