I've personally been a happy user of Waves' SSL bus compressor with auto-release, 4:1 ratio, mostly 30ms attack, occasionally 10ms
if want slightly more aggressive sound. Lately I've been using more and more bus compression, sometimes over 8 dBs
ratio will more likely be 2:1 in those cases). I'm relying on it more and more as one of those "to go" tools and it's having bigger role
as a part of creating my sound in mixes. I'm seriously considering building a hardware clone version.
Sometimes there's a small hint of tape saturation after the compressor.
Also, lately I've been using more master EQ, especially with boosting high frequencies, instead of applying it to individual tracks.
I don't use brickwall limiters because they suck
. IMO something like Waves L3 is an easy way to give a mix this "made in home"
-type of feeling. I clip the audio with a non floating-point plugin before dithering.