man you should definitely try out those slate digital consoles too! they add an almost invisible amount of the saturation/compression/tone modeled from various console's channel outputs. you choose between like the SSL desks, Neve, Trident, etc. it adds an overall touch of character to the mix that definitely goes missing when you bypass it.
another really cool detail they got right was the L and R channels saturate and compress independently before being summed back again(dual mono, like how the actual consoles did it). the result is really nice, esp when you drive it a bit. super cpu efficient too, so you can slap it on every channel and then the stereo bus as intended without a cpu hit or a render that takes forever