Leaving this specific subject aside...
Again and again I land at a point where I realize there is no shortcuts.
I may have the very best software emulation or even hardware unit and still produce a lousy result if I cannot tame the darn thing.
Reminds me of a friend, who incidentally turned me onto Mixcraft a few years ago.
He is an excellent musician and does some recording work for people, mainly "ethno" music.
His wife sings. I asked him how he goes about mixing and mastering and particularly treating the voice of his wife.
His response was, he uses a Waves plugin that is called "to-the-front" or thereabouts.
Meaning, he does not have a clue technically. However, he must have pretty good intution.
This tells me, if you do not have a clue, if you cannot harness those devices, you are subject to cookbook approaches or to pre-digested plugin-settings on free (but mostly overpriced) plugins.
Plugin XY does a good job on (whatever)... why? What does it do? What to listen for? Where to tweak?
If we cannot answer those questions we end up running through an ever growing arbitrary list of compressor plugins, try twiddling a knob here and there without knowing what to listen for and end up taking the one that sounds best right out of the box.
Yes and you are right, the one that rants most about his multi-buck piece of software wins the race.
I do not want to put this particular specimen down, or any other, understand me.