I'm not trying to talk you out of upgrading, but Chris claims his work runs nicely under 1.2.6.
Yes, Chris has the graceful compressor. I tell people it sounds like the local NPR FM station. It doesn't appear to be doing anything until you compare it to the show without it. If you download the podcast or the streaming version of the air show, you find yourself reaching for the volume control more and more because the streaming show doesn't go through any compressors. When the announcer leans into the microphone, it gets seriously loud.