I was putting the beginnings of a mix together this morning, working with the drum tracks.
The kick and snare are both live - the kick is an ancient Ludwig 22" from the 60's; it looks like it's been run over by a truck, but it sure still sounds good. ;) ( I have three vintage snares, a '68 Black Beauty, a '71 Suprasonic, and a Rogers wood snare).
Anyway, I was in the process of choosing a compressor/gate for the kick, and when going to choose a VSTi, I accidentally opened up my old 32 bit Waves Diamond Bundle. I figured while I was in there, I'd give one of the old plugs a shot, just for fun, because I haven't used them in a long time, ( since going 64 bit, that's what I usually use for processing, but because Samplitude plays so well with 32-bit legacy type processing, it opened immediately, without a hitch), so, I chose the R-Channel (mono). I used to use this particular plug often, back when I was still in XP/Pro Tools/Sonar land.
It took me a few seconds to remember where the GR and Gate settings on the R-Channel were, LOL...but after I found them, I dialed up some quick settings, and not only did it not sound bad, it actually sounded really good.
I was very happy with the result. R-Channel is pretty transparent, it doesn't add any real character to speak of, but for this song, and for that kick track, it sounded really good.
The moral to the story... LOL... don't get rid of those old plugs. Some of them still work and sound fine, and occasionally they can even sound great... And you never know when one of those older 32 bit Waves plugs can be just what the sonic doctor ordered. ;)