-- DJ Krafty Kuts on "Cytomic The Glue" Computer Music, August 2017 on page 16.“As much as I love the Ableton stock plugins, I do think there’s something missing from their version of Glue. Obviously, I work with Ableton, but I tend to use the old, pre-Ableton version. To my ears, it seems to have a bit more flexibility, a bit more control, and a bit more oomph.”
And I've been telling myself they are the same and apparently I'm not as fond of The Glue device as I thought I'd be. I was on the verge of getting Cytomic The Glue in 2013 and as I got it with Live I never investigated this. Instead I use about 25 other compressors/Limiters with a handful in each project.
Tell me Mr Krafty Kuts has been smoking something weird please. Why could it be I don't like Glue as much as expected? I just acquired a different taste with time? Or could this be the reason? Maybe I'm using it in a non beneficial way? Most tracks as well as busses are about -18dBFS RMS, sometimes a little less.
I use the Live Glue device on returns mostly as it is. It's all-right for most tasks but other compressors somehow sound better even when more transparent.
These are the ones I use more often currently in no particular order and typically then prefer to The Glue in Live:
- Waves C1 (transparent with great sidechain)
- Waves C4 (On unwieldy instruments and on the Master as mild corrective glue)
- TDR Kotelnikov (Master channel)
- Live Compressor (Instruments and returns)
- Waves VComp (Busses, sidechained tracks and Bass)
- Waves Puigchild 670 (vocals and shiny synths) is somehow unhearable even when molding everything
- Audio Damage Rough Rider (Returns and percussion mostly)
- Not a compressor per se but adding mix glue is Waves NLS (all tracks and busses)
What are your thoughts on this?