i second fuse audio, fantastic product but not for all sources.
Best non mainstream compressor hands down (for me and this is only my opinion of course) is blue cat dynamics V4.
it can do absolutely everything from downwards and upwards compression to ditto with expansion. it can tame transients too which many plugins can’t cause the fast attacks aren’t right. Also, zero latency and it sounds fantastic once you know how to use it properly (certainly not an immediately inviting easy to use plugin)… It’s the swiss army knife of dynamics and for some reason whenever i bring it up over the years at various boards, it doesn’t get much talk. SO underrated.
Another one I love and use is ProC2 from FabFilter
I do not like the broadband steinberg ones much sorry to say, although the multiband comp and expander are quite useful.
Absolutely nothing from waves except the PIE bus comp, the DPR402 which is one of the very best emulations they have ever done and not a common plugin emulation, and their DBX which they pretty much nailed. I was amazed lol that waves did a great compressor emu.
Used to use Logic’s compressor all the time when i used Logic as my main DAW… in fact it’s inbuilt fx plugins were first call for almost everything (the only thing I miss about Logic at all, best tape delay of all time, and it’s modulation fx destroy the terrible steinberg ones which only sync up to 1 bar, i have been asking for that to be expanded for 10 years to no avail).
Voxengo Marquis is great also, as is sonnox dynamics (just wish it had a wet/dry and still can’t understand why they didn’t add it in the recent overhaul)
These are the ones I use other than the typical analog emulation ones…if i use those I generally go to UAD or softube. Uad fairchild MKII is epic.
New distressor from UAD and SLATE are both fantastic…
We have plenty of in the box quality comp plugins to day… just know there are equally as many poor ones, so always demo thoroughly and spend wisely