I just pulled the trigger on a pair of the FC526-XFMR...hear guys are even mastering with these. Rivals with the likes of Shadow Hills mastering comp.
They are really good, but man trying to master with them sounds like a nightmare. The gain controls are very tweaky, you'd have to switch to alignment tones all the time. I couldn't deal with lack of link either.
So they aren’t stepped. I hear not having them linked is actually a good thing. We’ll see. Can’t wait to try them. Heard so many good things!
There's a ton of gain range on the input and output knobs, not stepped, and they are small. It's hard enough to do a recall in mono. I've never personally been sold on unlinked stereo compression unless it's true LR with no C. YMMV.