This is a solid VCA type of channel compressor from the good folks at MSG. Its free but it sounds great. Just wish it had some metering or I would use it all the time. The alck of a clean blend limits its utility for me too. I really don't want to print an extra track to do NY compression. So a lot of the time like for kick and snare where I want this sort of compression I use the dimsixty5 dbx160 emulation because they thoughtfully added a clean blend to avoid phase issues without having to print another track. That one sounds great too. But I do sue this where I am not worried about precise emtering or parallel.