I would like to exchange some impressions here with those who feel comfortable with the theme.
A few years ago I had stopped using AM-Munition with all its spectacular arsenal of features, notably as limiter/clipper in the last slot of the mastering plugins chain. Since then, I have preferred to use the alternatives from iZotope Ozone, which has served me very well, especially its Vintage Limiter, which I like very much.
However, I recently decided to try AM-Munition again, but in order to fit it better in my projects, I worked through all its parameters until I found "the sound" I was looking for.
To my surprise, I found the same reasons that made me move away from it: no matter how I configure it, AM-Munition always delivers a very open and cold sound. "Cold" is the word that best sums up my frustration.
I set the compressor, limiter and the saturated clipper in the background, so that the "cold" aspect did not appear. I even abused saturation, hoping to achieve a "warm" quality, but in the auditions of different monitors, the "cold" sound was always a constant, conclusion shared with everyone who was with me.
I know the Samplitude's user manual very well, have read the AM-Munition chapter many times, and watched endless times all videos made by Master Kraznet. I know Opto Compressors, by their very nature, deliver considerably "transparent" and "open" sound, which certainly makes them fit many projects. However, in my case, in both pop and heavy metal songs, this virtue makes me avoid the plugin, which is very sad because I am fully aware of its firepower.
I sadly put the AM-Munition aside again to return to the Ozone options, that sound much more "analogue/warm" to my ears.
Is the delivery of this "cold" sound from AM-Munition - even with its great saturator - a public acknowledgment that I have finally gone crazy, or is it really something to be expected because of its Opto Compressors?