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Finality is a software limiter from engineer and plug-in designer Joey Sturgis.
While it visually looks like a vintage LA2A / Gates Sta-Level style compressor,
this is a brand new design which is not
trying to sonically ape any classic of
yesteryear.
Finality Lite ($49) is the simpler of the
two, with a centrally located VU style
meter for input, output, and gain reduction, flanked by a Threshold knob (-30
to 0 dB) on the left and an Output knob
(-30 to 0 dB) on the right. There is also
a -∞ (mute) to +12 dB Input knob in the
upper left corner and a parallel compression Mix knob in the upper right.
The Advanced version ($79, includes
Lite) makes good on its name and adds
10 further controls. You get a Side
Chain HPF (High Pass Filter) with a variable HPF Frequency and a handy Side
Chain Monitor for hearing exactly where
the cutoff occurs. There is a Look Ahead
control (0.01 to 5 ms) for optimum peak
detection, and a Release knob (0.01 to
5000 ms); a Mode switch for soft or
hard knee; a Color button which adds
threshold-dependent saturation; and an
Aggro button which sharpens the
release envelope. The Auto Gain switch
automatically sets the final gain of the
limiter; when it's off, there's a final Gain
knob to further adjust the plug-in's output
level an additional 0 to 30 dB.
Don't let its modest price tag fool you!
This is a really nice, full-featured compressor collection with a broad range of
uses. My favorite application was on the
2-bus, where it is very fast and SSL-like
with a large amount of tweakability. I
love having the ability to drive the compressor a bit harder than normal and
dial back its blend for a more natural
feel. Similarly it makes a great drum bus
compressor, where the fast Aggro setting
is quite nice. On bass guitar, I like pushing the unit hard into a touch of drive
and then blending it back with the Mix
knob. If the meter ballistics (and my

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