I use Voxengo Elephant on Linux (kxStudio 16.04) in Ardour via LinVST.
I pretty much use it in all my mixes in the master strip. If you don't drive it into insane compression, it performs very well, you can't hear it but you're forever safe from clipping. Best practice seems to be to use a multiband compressor first to create a transparent master, and then apply a little bit of loudness and limiting with the Elephant.
A valuable tool for me which I use every day. Great!
In a market bloated with 'emulations' of classic gear, it's rare to find juicy sounding plugins that capture the best qualities of 'classic', offer some flexibility and don't break the bank. In the universe of more tweakable plugins, here too only a few offerings stand out.
After years of working with hundreds of plugins from numerous companies, I've found only a handful of offerings that keep me coming back. One of those companies that still hold a top spot is Voxengo. Their plugins are 'analog' without being slavishly limited to a given hardware model; flexible but not overloaded with 'feature bloat'; affordable without sacrificing sound quality; and have excellent & consistent GUIs to work with. A winning combination.
There is definitely a place for well designed emulations of classic gear, but when you require some flexibility and/or modernity, Voxengo is great choice. Their uniform GUIs also promote actually listening to the music!
Voxengo also has an easy robust activation system (no dongles), exceptional reliability (I've never had a Voxengo plugin crash my DAW in 14 years) and full 64 bit floating point processing*.
I'm using this on Linux (kxStudio 16.04 64bit) via the WinVST adaptor. Finally a way to run VSTs in a very stable way. Well, not all VSTs, but all from Voxengo that I use so far.
The Voxformer turned out to be my bread & butter workhorse. On pretty much all vocals I mix, I use the Voxformer compressor and de-esser. Since I do mostly live recordings, I got plenty of not-so-optimal SM58 and alike mics, which may also benefit from the Presence function in Voxformer.
I also use it on bass and drums sometimes, depending on my needs. Overall, I must say now that I found a way to run Voxengo plugins on Linux reliably, the Voxformer is the best vocal channel you can get for the price.
I like it very much, editable and looks great.
Very handy to see the waves.
Oh ye, it's free.
I'm using Elephant for years now, and I'm a very satisfied customer. I'm not an engineer, just a musician, and Elephant helps me to finish my backing tracks before the gigs, and give them the power needed for a big nice sound. To be honest, as I said, I'm not an sound engineer, and never tried to work with the settings, as I don't know what they do. I just use the presets and everything is just fine.
I wanted to express my gratitude to the developper for this wonderful plug-in, which by the way is not expensive, and is doing miracles, at least for me.
Thank you sir, thank you...