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The $49 is worth it just for the "pre" section on this plugin. I've been using the saturation, hi & low passes and the "thump" buttons and they are quick and easy for luddites like me that want to move quickly.
I've noticed quite a few Slate virtual mix racks popping up for re-sale on KVR for around $100.I also picked up the Waves F6 Dynamic Eq the other day for $29 dollars and it is superb.. incredible value at that price.