And please refrain from answers such as, "it sounds great" and "oh it's just better for bus comp than ableton's" because those, while common responses, don't actually tell me ANYTHING.....?
so, honestly, what makes this compressor better than any other compressor? what does it DO??
For me, it's a few things
-The parameter options for attack and release are limited, so I am less inclined to constantly fiddle and tweak and second guess
-The Range knob and Dry/Wet give added flexibility for preserving transients while taming the sound overall
-The soft-clipping is a nice feature that gives a little extra "something" to the sound (although it's definitely not appropriate for every situation)
-I know it's a useless description that you specifically wanted to avoid, but it really just does sound "good". I notice this most when I'm using it with vocals and when I'm summing multiple tracks together or grouping.
I did some makeshift A/B-ing between the two, and set the settings as equal as I could make them between the normal Compressor and the Glue Compressor, and to my ears the response of the Glue was more musical. Got better response for my singing, and it evened out the levels without feeling like it was flattening the sound dynamics too much, if that doesn't seem paradoxical. Like it somehow manages to tame peaks but also preserve dynamics, which seem like opposites but still somehow manage to work.
Plus I've noticed hiss and line and room noise seems amplified with the normal Compressor compared to the same settings in Glue, even though theoretically they should be the same